Jonathan Faña

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Jonathan Faña
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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Rafael Faña Frías
Date of birth (1987-04-11) April 11, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Moca, Dominican Republic
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Moca
Youth career
Moca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Moca 20 (16)
2006–2010 W Connection 87 (26)
2010–2012 Puerto Rico Islanders 95 (30)
2012 Bauger 12 (4)
2013 Alianza 35 (13)
2014 San Antonio Scorpions 1 (0)
2014 Moca 5 (4)
2015 Bauger 18 (17)
2016 Cibao ? (7)
2016 Árabe Unido 6 (0)
2017– Moca 0 (0)
National team
2006– Dominican Republic 37 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 February 2017

Jonathan Rafael Faña Frías (born 11 April 1987) is a Dominican footballer who plays as a forward for Moca FC and the Dominican Republic national team.[1]

Faña is the second Dominican Republic international top goalscorer with 20 goals in official matches behind Harvey Reyes.

Club career[edit]

Faña began his career with Moca FC in the Dominican Republic, leading the Liga Mayor with 16 goals during the 2004/05 season.[2]

He moved to TT Pro League power W Connection in 2006. Faña quickly established himself at the club and by 2007 was a regular starter, scoring 9 league goals during his first season as a regular starter and playing primarily as a left-sided attacking midfielder. During the 2008 TT Pro League campaign Faña led W Connection with 10 goals.

The 2009 season was Faña's most successful as he impressed at both the local league as well as in CONCACAF competitions. He led W Connection to the 2009 CFU Club Championship helping defeat Puerto Rico Islanders 2–1 in the final on May 17, 2009 and claiming a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League 2009-10.[3] Faña scored both Connection goals in the final and ended as the competitions top scorer with six goals. During the CONCACAF Champions League Faña appeared in seven matches scoring five goals, which included a hat trick on September 24, 2009 in a 3–0 road victory over Guatemalan side CSD Comunicaciones.[4] As a result of his play in the Champions League Faña began to receive interest from Central and North American clubs, including Guatemalan club Xelajú MC.[5]

Faña also helped W Connection capture the inaugural Trinidad and Tobago Goal Shield scoring twice in a 3–0 victory in the June 26, 2009 final versus Defence Force. Faña also finished as the competitions top scorer with five goals. During the 2009 TT Pro League Faña scored 10 goals and including Champions League, CFU Cup, and Goal Shield matches he ended the 2009 campaign with 26 goals in all competitions.

In February 2010 Faña was sent on loan to the Puerto Rico Islanders on a one-year deal with an option to buy when the 2010 USSF D2 Pro League season was over.[6] After the missing the first few months of the season through injury, Faña made his debut for the Islanders on June 26, 2010 as a substitute in a 3–0 loss to the Rochester Rhinos.[7] He remained with Puerto Rico for the 2011 season and was named Player of the Year by the club's fans.[8]

Puerto Rico re-signed Faña for the 2012 season on November 9, 2011.[9] After the Islanders organization went on hiatus in order to restructure,[10] Faña signed with Dominican club Bauger FC in 2012, finishing the season as one of the league's top scorers[11] and steering the club to a third-place finish in the league.[12] After spending a season in his homeland, Faña signed for Alianza F.C. of the Salvadoran Primera División.[citation needed]

On 11 December 2013, it was announced that Faña was returning to the North American Soccer League by signing for the San Antonio Scorpions.[13]

International career[edit]

Faña debuted for the Dominican Republic national football team in 2006. He has scored 16 goals in 24 appearances with the national team, and appeared in Caribbean Nations Cup qualifying matches.[14] On March 24, 2013 Faña scored the game-winning goal in a 3–1 victory over Haiti, the Dominican Republic's first-ever victory over their neighboring country.[15]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 8 June 2016. Dominican Republic score listed first, score column indicates score after each Faña goal.[16]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 September 2006 Lionel Roberts Park, Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands 1  Bermuda 1–3 1–3 2007 Caribbean Cup
2 1 October 2006 Lionel Roberts Park, Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands 2  U.S. Virgin Islands 2–1 6–1 2007 Caribbean Cup
3 3–1
4 4–1
5 6–1
6 8 July 2011 Estadio Panamericano, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic 10  Anguilla 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 10 July 2011 Estadio Panamericano, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic 11  Anguilla 4–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 11 October 2011 André Kamperveen Stadion, Paramaribo, Suriname 15  Suriname 1–0 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 27 September 2012 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados 19  Dominica 1–1 2–1 2012 Caribbean Cup qualification
10 2–1
11 23 October 2012 Stade René Serge Nabajoth, Les Abymes, Guadeloupe 20  Guadeloupe 1–0 2–0 2012 Caribbean Cup qualification
12 2–0
13 27 October 2012 Stade René Serge Nabajoth, Les Abymes, Guadeloupe 22  Puerto Rico 1–0 3–1 2012 Caribbean Cup qualification
14 2–0
15 7 December 2012 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda 23  Antigua and Barbuda 2–1 2–1 2012 Caribbean Cup
16 24 March 2013 Estadio Panamericano, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic 26  Haiti 2–0 3–1 Friendly
17 7 September 2014 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda 32  Anguilla 4–0 10–0 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification
18 8–0
19 8 October 2014 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago 33  Trinidad and Tobago 1–6 1–6 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification
20 12 October 2014 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago 35  Saint Lucia 1–0 3–2 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification
21 12 October 2014 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda 39  Bermuda 1–0 1–0 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification
22 7 June 2016 Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 40  French Guiana 1–1 2–1 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification
23 2–1
24 28 August 2016 Estadio Panamericano, San Cristóbal, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic 41  Puerto Rico 2–0 5-0 Friendly

Honors[edit]

W Connection
Puerto Rico Islanders
Moca FC
Bauger FC
Cibao FC
Individual

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