Kevin Harmse

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Kevin Harmse
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Personal information
Full name Kevin Mitchell Harmse
Date of birth (1984-07-04) July 4, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1995–2000 Roman Tulis School
1995–2000 Metro Ford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Tromsø 2 (0)
2004–2005 Vancouver Whitecaps 36 (1)
2006–2007 Nitra 13 (0)
2007 Los Angeles Galaxy 17 (1)
2008–2009 Toronto FC 28 (0)
2009 Chivas USA 0 (0)
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 (0)
2012–2013 San Antonio Scorpions 39 (1)
National team
2007–2008 Canada 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 4, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 13, 2009

Kevin Mitchell Harmse (born July 4, 1984) is a South African-born Canadian soccer player.

Club career[edit]

Youth years[edit]

Born in Johannesburg, Harmse grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and began his youth career training at the Roman Tulis School in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Europe[edit]

Harmse was drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2002 but did not sign with the club; instead, after training with both Bayern Munich and Benfica he signed with Tromsø IL in the Norwegian Premier League. He did not see much playing time, and returned to the Whitecaps in 2004, where he gradually worked himself to become a cornerstone of the defense, playing in 36 games and scoring once.

He signed for Nitra in the Slovakian Corgoň Liga in 2006, spending a year with the club.

Major League Soccer[edit]

Harmse returned to North American and signed with Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in April 2007. He made his MLS debut on April 12, 2007, coming on at halftime against FC Dallas. He scored his first goal for the club on April 28, 2007, against Chivas USA.

Harmse was traded to Toronto FC in March 2008 for a fourth round draft pick. Harmse was used by the club as a central defender for much of the 2008 and part of the 2009 seasons. He scored his first goal for Toronto FC in the 2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship opening game against his former team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, on May 6, 2009 at BMO Field.

Harmse was traded to Chivas USA for allocation money on June 24, 2009, but did not feature in any games in his debut season with the team.

On January 21, 2010, Chivas traded Harmse to Houston Dynamo for a conditional third- or fourth-round draft pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[1]

Due to Harmse not being able to train with the club in pre-season due to a recurring injury, Houston opted to waive him on March 9, 2010.[2]

Harmse was officially signed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC on March 25, 2011,[3] but was waived on June 10, having played in just three MLS games for the club.[4]

On December 13, 2011, it was announced that Harmse signed with the expansion side San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League.[5]

International career[edit]

Harmse played an important part of Canadian U-20 team that made it to the quarterfinals in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He also played for the U-23 team that failed to qualify for the 2004 Olympics.

He made his debut with the senior Canadian national team on March 25, 2007, against Bermuda. By December 2009, he earned a total of 9 caps, scoring no goals. He has so far represented Canada in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[6]

Honours[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dynamo acquire rights to midfielder Harmse". Foxsportshouston.com. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Houston Waives Kevin Harmse". Worldsoccerreader.com. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Harmse returns to Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Whitecaps FC waive midfielder Kevin Harmse". Whitecapsfc.com. 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  5. ^ http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=1613
  6. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA

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