Fabián Espíndola

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Fabián Espíndola
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Fabián Espíndola Playing for D.C. United
Personal information
Full name Edgar Fabián Espíndola
Date of birth (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Merlo, Argentina
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Albacete
Number 12
Youth career
Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Boca Juniors 6 (1)
2006 Talleres 13 (1)
2006 Aucas 3 (0)
2007 Deportivo Quito 5 (0)
2007–2008 Real Salt Lake 24 (7)
2009 Deportivo Anzoátegui 5 (3)
2009–2012 Real Salt Lake 101 (28)
2013 New York Red Bulls 28 (9)
2013–2016 D.C. United 59 (20)
2016–2017 Necaxa 29 (4)
2017– Albacete 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2017.

Edgar Fabián Espíndola (born 4 May 1985) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Spanish club Albacete Balompié as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Espíndola started his career in 2005 with Argentine giants Boca Juniors. He played six games for the club, but Boca failed to win any of them. However, he was a member of the Boca Juniors squad that captured the 2005 Copa Sudamericana. In 2006, he was offloaded to Talleres. He then had spells with Ecuadorian teams Aucas and Deportivo Quito before joining Real Salt Lake.

Major League Soccer[edit]

He was acquired by Real Salt Lake at the same time as fellow Argentines Matias Mantilla and Javier Morales. He scored his first goal against Kansas City Wizards, and celebrated this goal by doing his customary backflip. Six minutes into a game against Los Angeles Galaxy on 6 September 2008, Espíndola scored a goal that was later ruled offside. However, before he had seen the final decision on the goal he had commenced his celebratory backflip, which resulted in him injuring his ankle, ruling him out for around eight weeks.[1] Real Salt Lake decided not to purchase Espíndola's contract and he was released in January 2009. He then signed to play for Venezuelan team Deportivo Anzoátegui, scoring 3 goals in 5 matches for the club. On 29 January 2009 Espíndola scored Deportivo Anzoátegui's first ever goal in the Copa Libertadores helping the club to a 2–0 victory over Deportivo Cuenca.

Espíndola returned to Salt Lake in April 2009 and helped them win the MLS Cup in November 2009. In 2011 Espíndola had his most productive season for Salt Lake as he scored a career high 10 goals in 27 matches. In February 2012, Espíndola signed a four-year contract extension with Real Salt Lake.[2] During the 2012 season Espíndola continued his fine form as he scored 9 goals and provided 7 assists in 30 matches.

Espíndola training with Real Salt Lake in 2011

On 3 December 2012, Espíndola was traded with Jamison Olave to New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money.[3] On 3 March 2013 Espíndola made his debut for New York scoring twice in a 3–3 draw at Portland Timbers.[4] On 27 July 2013 Espíndola converted on a pair of penalty kicks to help New York to a 4–3 victory over his former club Real Salt Lake.[5]

On 18 December 2013, Espíndola joined D.C. United in the second stage of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft[6] On 20 July 2016, D.C. United traded Espíndola to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for allocation money.[7]

Necaxa[edit]

Espíndola was sold by the Whitecaps to recently-promoted Liga MX side Necaxa on 26 July 2016.[8]

Albacete[edit]

On 8 August 2017, Espíndola signed a one-year contract with Spanish Segunda División club Albacete Balompié.[9]

Personal life[edit]

A Washington Post report on D.C. United roster statuses in November 2014 did not include Espíndola as a player using an international roster slot.[10] It is believed that he received a U.S. green card during the 2014 season.

On 27 March 2017, former D.C. United goalkeeper Charlie Horton sued Espíndola, coach Ben Olsen, and Major League Soccer. Espíndola allegedly assaulted Horton during practice and Horton received a concussion. The filing states that, "due to the severity of his ongoing post-concussive neurological symptoms, which directly inhibited his ability to perform at a level necessary to continue his professional career, Mr. Horton was forced to officially retire from professional soccer." Olsen is being sued for failing to adequately supervise Espíndola. MLS is liable, the suit says, because, in its centralized business structure, the league owns all teams and player contracts.[11][12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Playoffs Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Boca Juniors 2005 Primera División 6 1 - - - - 6 1
Talleres 2006 Primera B Nacional 13 1 - - - - 13 1
Aucas 2006 Ecuadorian Serie A 3 0 - - - - 3 0
Deportivo Quito 2007 Ecuadorian Serie A 5 0 - - - - 5 0
Real Salt Lake 2007 MLS 12 2 - - - - 12 2
2008 12 5 - - 2 0 - - 14 5
Deportivo Anzoátegui 2009 Primera División 3 2 - - - - 2 1 5 3
Real Salt Lake 2009 MLS 22 3 - - 4 0 26 3
2010 22 6 2 0 2 1 3 1 29 8
2011 27 10 1 0 3 0 6 1 37 11
2012 30 9 - - 2 0 4 0 36 9
New York Red Bulls 2013 28 9 2 2 1 0 31 11
D.C. United 2014 27 11 - - 2 0 1 2 30 13
2015 17 5 - - 3 0 2 2 22 7
2016 15 4 - - - - 2 0 17 4
Career total 242 68 5 2 19 1 20 7 286 78

Honours[edit]

Boca Juniors
Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Espindola injured after scoring". sidelineviews.blogspot.com. 6 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Espindola signs extension with RSL". oursportscentral.com. February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Espindola and Olave traded to New York". realsaltlake.com. 3 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Espindola scores two in debut for New York". mlssoccer.com. 3 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Espindola scores two in Victory for New York". mlssoccer.com. 27 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "D.C. United selects Fabian Espindola in MLS re-entry draft". 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Whitecaps FC acquire striker Fabián Espíndola from D.C. United in exchange for allocation money". 20 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Colin Stephenson (27 July 2016). "Vancouver Whitecaps transfer striker Fabian Espindola to Club Necaxa". MLSSoccer.com. 
  9. ^ "Espíndola, el goleador que buscaba el 'Alba'" [Espíndola, the goalscorer which Alba searched for] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "D.C. United news and notes". Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Jeff Carlisle (30 March 2017). "Ex-D.C. United keeper Charlie Horton sues former teammate, coach". ESPN FC. 
  12. ^ Steven Goff (30 March 2017). "Ex-player alleges in lawsuit that D.C. United teammate gave him career-ending concussion". Washington Post. 

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