Eric Alexander (soccer)
|Full name||Eric Alexander|
|Date of birth||April 14, 1988|
|Place of birth||Portage, Michigan, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|2007||West Michigan Edge||12||(1)|
|2013–2014||New York Red Bulls||68||(6)|
|2015||→ FC Montreal (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 7, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 2, 2014
College and amateur
Alexander attended Portage Central High School, where he was named NSCAA/adidas Boys High School National Player of the Year and Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year in 2005, before playing college soccer for the Indiana University Hoosiers from 2006 to 2009. He was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in his first year, started all 22 matches and was named to the All-Big Ten first-team and the NSCAA/adidas Great Lakes All-Region second-team as a sophomore and a junior.
Alexander was drafted in the third round (44th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, in Dallas's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Houston Dynamo. After initially receiving limited time in his first season, Alexander started eleven consecutive matches to close the 2010 season and was a key player during FC Dallas' nineteen game unbeaten streak. In all he would appear in 17 league matches scoring two goals and assisting on three.
Alexander was traded to Portland Timbers on August 19, 2011 after making 22 league appearances during the 2011 campaign for FC Dallas in exchange for Jeremy Hall. In his first full season in Portland, Alexander appeared in 24 league matches and recorded a team leading 6 assists.
On February 11, 2013 Alexander was traded to New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money. Alexander was an important player for New York in his first year at the club as he appeared in all 34 league matches and scored 4 goals, helping the club to its first major title the 2013 MLS Supporters' Shield. During the 2014 season Alexander once again appeared in all 34 league matches scoring 2 goals and assisting on 9 others.
On January 27, 2015, Alexander was traded to Montreal Impact alongside Ambroise Oyongo, an international player roster spot and allocation money for Felipe and the 1st pick in the MLS allocation ranking.
On January 3, 2014 he was again called up, this time as part of a 26-man roster that trained in Carson, California and São Paulo, Brazil as coach Jurgen Klinsmann prepared the side for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Club career statistics
|Club||Season||USL PDL||Playoffs||Open Cup||CONCACAF||Total|
|West Michigan Edge
|New York Red Bulls
|Last updated August 27, 2014|
- Eric Alexander USL stats Archived April 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. uslsoccer.com
- 2010 MLS SuperDraft Archived January 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.; mlsnet.com, January 2010
- Alexander makes FC Dallas debut; stats.cbc.ca, March 27, 2010
- Timbers acquire Eric Alexander; portlandtimbers.com, August 19, 2011
- Red Bulls acquire Eric Alexander; newyorkredbulls.com, February 11, 2013
- All-Time MLS Player register Archived March 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.