Fabián Espíndola Playing for D.C. United
|Full name||Edgar Fabián Espíndola|
|Date of birth||4 May 1985|
|Place of birth||Merlo, Argentina|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2007–2008||Real Salt Lake||24||(7)|
|2009–2012||Real Salt Lake||101||(28)|
|2013||New York Red Bulls||28||(9)|
|2018||San Martín de Tucumán||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 August 2019|
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
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. 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. During the 2012 season Espíndola continued his fine form as he scored 9 goals and provided 7 assists in 30 matches.
On 3 December 2012, Espíndola was traded with Jamison Olave to New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money. On 3 March 2013 Espíndola made his debut for New York scoring twice in a 3–3 draw at Portland Timbers. 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.
On 18 December 2013, Espíndola joined D.C. United in the second stage of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft He was known to be a usual starter for DC. On 20 July 2016, D.C. United traded Espíndola to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for allocation money. He finished at DC United with 59 games played, 20 goals scored, and 17 goals assisted.
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. 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. Horton dismissed the lawsuit in late 2019.
|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|
|Deportivo Anzoátegui||2009||Primera División||3||2||-||-||-||-||2||1||5||3|
|Real Salt Lake||2009||MLS||22||3||-||-||4||0||—||26||3|
|New York Red Bulls||2013||28||9||2||2||1||0||—||31||11|
- Boca Juniors
- Real Salt Lake
- New York Red Bulls
- "Espindola injured after scoring". sidelineviews.blogspot.com. 6 September 2008.
- "Espindola signs extension with RSL". oursportscentral.com. February 2013.
- "Espindola and Olave traded to New York". realsaltlake.com. 3 December 2012.
- "Espindola scores two in debut for New York". mlssoccer.com. 3 March 2013.
- "Espindola scores two in Victory for New York". mlssoccer.com. 27 July 2013.
- "D.C. United selects Fabian Espindola in MLS re-entry draft". 18 December 2013.
- "Whitecaps FC acquire striker Fabián Espíndola from D.C. United in exchange for allocation money". 20 July 2013.
- "Fabian Espindola". Retrieved 28 September 2019.
- Colin Stephenson (27 July 2016). "Vancouver Whitecaps transfer striker Fabian Espindola to Club Necaxa". MLSSoccer.com.
- "Espíndola, el goleador que buscaba el 'Alba'" [Espíndola, the goalscorer which Alba searched for]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- "D.C. United news and notes". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Jeff Carlisle (30 March 2017). "Ex-D.C. United keeper Charlie Horton sues former teammate, coach". ESPN FC.
- Steven Goff (30 March 2017). "Ex-player alleges in lawsuit that D.C. United teammate gave him career-ending concussion". Washington Post.
- Goff, Steven (12 February 2020). "Former D.C. United player's lawsuit against teammate believed to be settled out of court". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 February 2020.