Hirschfeld with Rosenborg in 2007
|Full name||Lars Justin Hirschfeld|
|Date of birth||17 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|1997–1998||Edmonton Drillers (indoor)||1||(0)|
|1998–2000||Energie Cottbus II||60||(0)|
|2003||→ Luton Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|2004||→ Gillingham (loan)||2||(0)|
|2019–||FC Edmonton (goalkeeper coach)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2017
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, of German extraction, Hirschfeld started his career with the Edmonton Drillers, playing indoor soccer. He has also played with Energie Cottbus in Germany, Calgary Storm, and Vancouver Whitecaps.
England and Scotland
In September 2002, he joined Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, but never featured for the first team. He went on loan to Luton Town and Gillingham before being released and joining Dundee United in August 2004. A move to Leicester City followed in January 2005, but Hirschfeld only made one start, keeping a clean sheet against Plymouth Argyle, during the remainder of the 04/05 season.
Tromsø I.L. then signed him as a replacement goalkeeper for the remainder of the Norwegian 2005-season. Hirschfeld made some crucial saves during Tromsø's campaign to avoid relegation and was a key figure in the UEFA Cup matches against Esbjerg fB and Galatasaray, both of which Tromsø won. Nordlys, a local newspaper, called Hirschfeld the greatest goalkeeper ever to play for Tromsø I.L. after only 6 matches at his new club, ranking him ahead of Einar Rossbach, Knut Borch and Bjarte Flem.
The following season, Hirschfeld won the Norwegian Tippeligaen with Rosenborg, having beaten Espen Johnsen for first-string goalie at the club. Hirschfeld was in goal when Rosenborg defeated Valencia CF twice in the UEFA Champions League 2007-08 group stage, recording two clean sheets in home-and-away 2-0 wins. He made a number of saves in his side's 1-1 draw away to English club Chelsea, the last match in charge of Chelsea for manager José Mourinho.
Hirschfeld played for CFR Cluj in Romania after joining from Rosenborg for €1,300,000 on 6 January 2008. With Cluj he immediately won the domestic double but he only played in 5 games in that first (half) season and he did not play at all for them in 2008/2009.
He made his debut for Canada in a January 2000 friendly match against Bermuda but had to compete with Pat Onstad for the national goalkeeper's jersey. By November 2009, he earned a total of 29 caps. He has represented Canada in 6 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. Hirschfeld's big break with Canada came at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament after allowing only four goals in five matches and recording an impressive semifinal shutout against the United States. This caused English club Tottenham Hotspur F.C. to take interest, and Hirschfeld signed with them in September 2002. On 8 June 2012, Hirschfeld was sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Cuba for handling the ball outside his penalty area, but Canada prevailed by a score of 1:0 despite the numerical disadvantage.
- CONCACAF Gold Cup Most Valuable Goalkeeper: 2002
- The Voyageurs Player of the Year:
- Third place: 2007
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