Jalen Robinson

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Jalen Robinson
DC United vs. Deportivo Árabe Unido (2).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-05-08) May 8, 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Catonsville, Maryland, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 20
Youth career
Bethesda SC
2009–2012 D.C. United
2012–2013 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– D.C. United 2 (0)
2014 Richmond Kickers (loan) 1 (0)
2014 Arizona United (loan) 19 (0)
2015–2016 Richmond Kickers (loan) 18 (1)
National team
2010–2011 United States U18 5 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 25, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 28, 2014

Jalen Robinson (born May 8, 1994) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Richmond Kickers in United Soccer League on loan from D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth and amateur[edit]

Robinson grew up in the Washington metropolitan area, and played for Bethesda SC in Maryland, before signing on with D.C. United's academy. After two years of playing for the academy, Robinson opted to forgo a professional contract and signed a scholarship to play college soccer at Wake Forest University. Robinson was a two-year starter for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's soccer program, where he earned the All-ACC Second Team in 2013.[1]

Professional[edit]

Robinson signed a homegrown contract with MLS club D.C. United on January 6, 2014.[2] In March 2014, he was loaned to USL Pro affiliate club Richmond Kickers.[3] His professional debut and only appearance for the Kickers came on April 26 in a 5-1 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions.[4] After six weeks in Richmond and unable to find much playing time, D.C. United recalled Robinson and loaned him to Arizona United.[5][6] With Arizona, Robinson made 14 appearances for the club.

Ahead of the 2015 season, Robinson was loaned out once again to Richmond. On March 28, 2015, in the first game of the 2015 USL season, Robinson scored his first professional goal in a 2–2 draw against Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

Robinson made his D.C. United debut on June 19, 2016 coming on against the Houston Dynamo as a late game substitute. Robinson played in the following game against the New England Revolution, lifting a depleted D.C. United defensive back line to 2-0 shutout in his first MLS start. Robinson was credited with three blocked shots, five recoveries, seven clearances, four interceptions and two tackles while completing 85.7% of his passes.[7] Fans and teammates alike commented that his performance made him a Man of the Match contender.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 All-ACC Men's Teams Announced". Atlantic Coast Conference. TheACC.com. 
  2. ^ "D.C. United signs Homegrown defender Jalen Robinson". D.C. United. January 6, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Goff, Steven (March 25, 2014). "D.C. United loans 4 to Richmond". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/scripts/runisa.dll?M2.327730:gp::72011+Elements/Display+E+47107+Stats/+4428835
  5. ^ D.C. United (May 9, 2014). "Jalen Robinson to go on loan with Arizona United SC" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: dcunited.com. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Arizona United SC (May 9, 2014). "Arizona United Soccer Club adds Robinson on loan" (Press release). Peoria, AZ: arizonaunited.com. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Keefer, Ryan (2016-06-27). "D.C. United vs. New England Revolution Community/Staff Player Ratings". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  8. ^ Streff, Steven (2016-06-26). "Jalen Robinson stands tall against New England in his first MLS start". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 

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