Jamie Dodds

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Jamie Dodds
Personal information
Full name Jamie Dodds
Date of birth (1981-11-12) November 12, 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2001-2003 Robert Morris University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Toronto Lynx 74 (13)
2007–2010 Hamilton Croatia 16 (5)
2012 London City

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 17, 2012.


Jamie Dodds (born November 12, 1981 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) is a former Canadian soccer player who had stints in the USL A-League, and the Canadian Soccer League. His most notable experience was with the Toronto Lynx, where he received numerous team awards, and reached the finals of the Open Canada Cup final. He would finish off his career in the Canadian Soccer League.

Playing career[edit]

Dodds played college soccer for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, where he earned First Team All Northeast Conference honours from 2001–2003. In 2004, he was drafted by the Toronto Lynx of the USL A-League. His signing was announced in a press conference which revealed the team roster for the upcoming season.[1] He made his debut for the club on April 17, 2004 in a match against Puerto Rico Islanders coming on as a substitute for Tyler Hughes.[2] In his rookie season, he played 25 games while missing only two matches, and scored two goals and recorded two assists. At the end of the season Dodds finished in the top five for the Lynx in games and minutes played.[3]

On March 17, 2005 the Lynx announced the re-signing of Dodds for the 2005 season.[4] He had a tremendous season despite Toronto finishing the season last in the standings; where he recorded 6 goals and recorded 3 assists,[5] making him the leading goal scorer and co-leader in assists. When the season came to a conclusion Dodds was named the Lynx Most Valuable Player.[6]

In April 2006, Dodds signed a new contract with the club and entered his third season playing for the franchise.[7] In his third season Dodds was a key member in the Lynx midfield, scoring 6 goals and recording 7 assists. He earned the Lynx Best Offensive Player award,[8] and he represented the Lynx in the USL-1 All-Star Game held in mid-July in Cary, North Carolina, a 0–0 tie against English club Sheffield Wednesday[9] He helped the Lynx to a 10 game undefeated streak at home team and finished 10th in the league standings, a mere six points from a post-season place.

During the 2006 USL season the Lynx entered the Open Canada Cup tournament. He appeared in the 2nd round match of the tournament against the Serbian White Eagles FC, where he scored both goals in a 2-2 draw which concluded in a victory for Toronto in penalties.[10] He appeared in the semi-final match against London AEK which resulted in a 1-0 victory for Toronto.[11] The Lynx advanced to the finals to face Ottawa St. Anthony Italia, but Dodds didn't feature in the match. Once the season came to a conclusion the Lynx franchise dropped two divisions down to the USL Premier Development League, which resulted in Dodds being released from his contract along with all the other professional senior players.

On February 9, 2007 he returned to his hometown and signed with Hamilton Croatia and played in local amateur leagues.[12] He returned to professional soccer in 2010 when Hamilton joined the Canadian Soccer League. He made his CSL debut on May 15, 2010 in a 2-1 victory over TFC Academy.[13] Throughout the season Dodds helped Croatia finish third in the standings which clinched a playoff berth for the club. In the postseason he played in all the playoff matches for Hamilton and advanced to the finals where they faced Brantford Galaxy, but lost to a score of 3-0.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glover, Robin (April 7, 2004). "Toronto Lynx Press Conference Travelodge Hotel in Toronto". Rocket Robin's Home Page. 
  2. ^ Carrillo, Jorge (April 17, 2004). "Own Goal Spoils Islander Party". Rocket Robin's Home Page. a-league.com. 
  3. ^ "Lynx add stars to both teams". United Soccer Leagues. March 17, 2005. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Nutt, Dave (March 17, 2005). "LYNX RE-SIGN OUTSTANDING ROOKIE!". Rocket Robin's Home Page. TORONTO LYNX MEDIA RELEASE. 
  5. ^ LYNX RE-SIGN OUTSTANDING ROOKIE!
  6. ^ Glover, Robin (September 5, 2005). "Result of the Monday September 5th, 2005 USL game between Toronto Lynx and Minnesota Thunder played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 4:00pm.". Rocket Robin's Home Page. 
  7. ^ Irwin, Rob (April 18, 2006). "TONY MENEZES SIGNS WITH LYNX". Rocket Robin's Home Page. TORONTO LYNX MEDIA RELEASE. 
  8. ^ Glover, Robin (September 10, 2006). "Result of the Sunday September 10th, 2006 USL game between Toronto Lynx and Minnesota Thunder played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 6:00pm.". Rocket Robin's Home Page. 
  9. ^ ALL-STAR DODDS LEADS LYNX INTO PAIR OF GAMES
  10. ^ Glover, Robin (July 14, 2006). "Result of the Friday July 14, 2006 Open Canada Cup 2nd round game between Serbian White Eagles of the CSL and Toronto Lynx of the USL played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 7:30pm.". Rocket Robin's Home Page. 
  11. ^ Glover, Robin (September 1, 2006). "Result of the Friday September 1st, 2006 CSL Open Canada Cup semi-final match between London AEK and Toronto Lynx played at Cove Road in London at 8:38pm.". Rocket Robin's Home Page. 
  12. ^ "USL ALL-STAR SIGNS ON". Hamiltoncroatia.com. October 31, 2010. 
  13. ^ Glover, Robin (May 15, 2010). "Result of the CSL game of Saturday May 15, 2010 between TFC Academy and Hamilton Croatia played at Lamport Stadium in Toronto at 6:00pm.". Rocket Robin's Home Page. 
  14. ^ Glover, Robin (October 31, 2010). "Result of the Sunday October 31st, 2010 CSL game between Hamilton Croatia and Brantford Galaxy played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 2:30pm. This was the one game Final.". Rocket Robin's Home Page.