Jeff Attinella

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Jeff Attinella
Jeff Attinella Timbers.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-09-29) September 29, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth Clearwater, Florida, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 1
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 South Florida Bulls 61 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Bradenton Academics 2 (0)
2011–2012 Tampa Bay Rowdies 52 (0)
2013–2016 Real Salt Lake 29 (0)
2013Fort Lauderdale Strikers (loan) 4 (0)
2016Real Monarchs (loan) 2 (0)
2017– Portland Timbers 47 (0)
2017–Portland Timbers 2 (loan) 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 24, 2020

Jeff Attinella (born September 29, 1988) is an American soccer player currently playing for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer. He is also a children's book author.


College and amateur[edit]

Attinella is a product of the University of South Florida where he played between 2007 and 2010. He was awarded NSCAA Third Team All-Region, Hermann Trophy Watch List and Soccer America Preseason All American in 2010, NSCAA First Team All-American, Big East Goalkeeper of the Year and NSCAA All-Region First Team in 2009 and NSCAA All-Region Second Team in 2008.[1]

During his college years, Attinella also played with the Bradenton Academics of the USL Premier Development League.[2]


On January 18, 2011, Attinella was drafted in the first round (14th overall) in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Real Salt Lake,[3] but was released by the club without signing. Attinella signed his first professional contract with FC Tampa Bay on February 22, 2011,[4] and made his professional debut on April 30 against the Atlanta Silverbacks, coming on as a substitute when Tampa's first choice goalkeeper Daryl Sattler suffered an injury.[5]

Tampa Bay picked up the 2012 season option on Attinella's contract on October 4, 2011.[6] The 2012 NASL season proved to be a breakthrough year for Attinella, who played every minute of every match for the Rowdies, won five NASL Defensive Player of the Week awards, one NASL Player of the Month Award, and was named to the 2012 NASL Best XI. Attinella saved three penalties in the Rowdies' NASL Championship victory against Minnesota Stars FC to capture the Soccer Bowl trophy.

Following a successful second season with the Rowdies, Real Salt Lake of MLS announced that they had signed Attinella on December 3, 2012. He made his RSL debut as a second-half sub for an injured Josh Saunders in a 3–0 win against FC Dallas on July 13.

Attinella was selected by Minnesota United FC in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft and quickly traded to Portland Timbers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.[7] In mid-2019, Attinella underwent surgery to repair an anterior labrum tear in his right shoulder, which caused him to miss the second half of the 2019 MLS season.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Attinella has one daughter with his wife Kendall. Together with his wife and father-in-law, he founded a publishing company called "It Had to Be Told" to publish Attinella's children books that he describes as "nursery rhymes with a sports emphasis".[9] In May 2020, Attinella and his publishing company donated 1,000 copies of his book "The Curse Ends: The Story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs" to a Chicago non-profit that provides low-income and homeless families with essential educational items.[10]


Tampa Bay Rowdies

Real Salt Lake

Portland Timbers


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 2, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ FC Tampa Bay Scores in Second Half for 1-1 Draw with Atlanta
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 11, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ Oregonian/OregonLive, Jamie Goldberg | The (July 29, 2019). "Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella undergoes shoulder surgery". oregonlive. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (June 17, 2018). "Portland Timbers' Jeff Attinella shares a passion for sports by authoring children's books for his daughter". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Oregonian/OregonLive, Nick Daschel | The (May 4, 2020). "Portland Timbers goalie Jeff Attinella donates 1,000 books to Chicago children's charity". oregonlive. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "Dario Zuparic goal clinches MLS Back is Tournament for Portland Timbers". The Guardian. August 12, 2020. Retrieved August 12, 2020.

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