Frank Jonke

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Frank Jonke
Personal information
Full name Frank Jonke, Jr.
Date of birth (1985-01-30) January 30, 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2005 Notre Dame College
2006–2007 Louisville Cardinals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Toronto Lynx 2 (0)
2008 Italia Shooters 11 (7)
2008 FF Jaro 0 (0)
2008 JBK (loan) 4 (8)
2009–2010 AC Oulu 44 (17)
2011 Inter Turku 20 (3)
2012–2013 FF Jaro 46 (13)
2014–2015 FC Edmonton 33 (0)
National team
2013 Canada 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 25, 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 19, 2015

Frank Jonke (born January 30, 1985) is a Canadian former soccer player who played in the USL Premier Development League, Canadian Soccer League, Kakkonen, Ykkönen, Veikkausliiga, and the North American Soccer League.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Pickering, Ontario, Jonke was a product of the Toronto Lynx academy, playing for the U19 Toronto Lynx in the Dallas Cup.[1] In his high school years he attended St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School. Was team captain his junior and senior seasons, leading the team in goals both seasons. Jonke earned a scholarship to attend Notre Dame College, finishing the season as top scorer in the American Mideast Conference with 25 goals. Earning NAIA Honorable Mention All-America Honors, being named to the All-American Mideast Conference first team, also named to the All-Region IX team. And was awarded the Newcomer of the Year by his teammates.

Jonke was transferred to the University of Louisville in 2005, during his junior year he started in 15 matches, led the team with seven goals on the season, and earned second team All-Big East honors. In his sophomore season he started in 17 games for the Cardinals, and led the team in goals scored with six goals.

On February 28, 2007 Jonke was signed by the Toronto Lynx for the 2007 PDL season, along with other Toronto Lynx academy graduates.[2] He made his Lynx debut on May 12, 2007 against the West Michigan Edge in a 3-0 defeat at home.[3] Unfortunately for Jonke, he was largely confined to the bench for most of the season, only appearing in 2 matches.[4] He helped the Lynx finished the season with a 6-6-4 record, which placed the team in fourth place in the Great Lakes Division, and only missing a playoff berth by six points.

The following year he was transferred to the Italia Shooters for the 2008 CSL season.[5] He made his debut on May 19, 2008 in a two-goal draw against the Serbian White Eagles at home.[6] Jonke scored his first goal in a 4-0 victory over London City at home.[7] After scoring his first goal of the season Jonke continued his fine form by scoring 7 goals in a five consecutive matches.[8] He also helped the Shooters achieve a 5-game undefeated streak. His performance was noticed by scouts sent by FF Jaro soon after he was given a trial and successfully signed a contract with the Finnish club. Despite his short tenure in Vaughan, Jonke managed to lead the team in goals before being transferred.

Once his transfer was completed Jonke failed to feature in a match for Jaro. He was subsequently later loaned out to Jakobstads Bollklubb, in order to gain more sufficient playing time. Jonke immediately impressed where he recorded 8 goals in only four appearances. Once his loan was complete Jonke was released from his contract with Jaro. In 2009, he was signed by AC Oulu of the Ykkönen. Jonke made his debut for Oulu on April 25, 2009 where he scored the goal that tied the match 1-1 against FC Hämeenlinna. Jonke dominated the season by recording nine goals, and helped lead Oulu win promotion to the Veikkausliiga by finishing first in the standings. On September 13, 2010 he scored four goals against FC Honka.

In June 2011 he was signed by FC Inter Turku. After playing the remainder of the season with FC Inter Turku Jonke signed a contract with Veikkausliiga club FF Jaro in June 2012.[9][10]In 2014, he returned to Canada to sign with FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League.[11][12]Where he suffered from a string of injuries.[13]On October 28, 2015 he was one of the several players released from the club.[14]


On January 18, 2013, Jonke received his first call up by the Canadian national team for friendlies against Denmark and United States[15] He made his senior team debut on January 29 in a friendly against United States as a second half sub for Dwayne De Rosario, the game ended as a 0-0 draw.[16]


AC Oulu[edit]


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  2. ^ Irwin, Rob. "Toronto Lynx sign Super Y players". Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Irwin, Rob (May 12, 2007). "Toronto Lady Lynx vs Rochester Rhinos and Toronto Lynx vs Western Michigan Edge". Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". April 2, 2012. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". April 24, 2009. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  6. ^ Glover, Robin (May 19, 2008). "CSL game of Monday May 19th, 2008 between Italia Shooters and Serbian White Eagles". Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "CSL Week 3 Summary". Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2008-07-14. Archived from the original on 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  9. ^ Jonke Jaroon
  10. ^ Davidson, Neil. "Striker Frank Jonke savours Canadian call-up after playing in Finland". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  11. ^ Vujcic, Djuradj (2014-03-26). "Frank Jonke RedNation Online Interview". Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  12. ^ "Roster | FC Edmonton". Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  13. ^ Swane, Brian. "FC Edmonton's Frank Jonke hoping for healthy start to NASL season". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  14. ^ Swane, Brian. "FC Edmonton begins off-season rebuilding with release of five players". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  15. ^ "Canada MNT names young squad for January camp". Canada Soccer. January 18, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Canada fight to hard-earned draw in Houston". Canada Soccer Association. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 

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