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Marcel de Jong
Marcel De Jong Canada 10.JPG
De Jong playing for Canada in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Marcel de Jong
Date of birth (1986-10-15) 15 October 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Full back, left midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 17
Youth career
De Valk
1996–2004 PSV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Helmond Sport 50 (6)
2006–2010 Roda JC 115 (3)
2010–2015 FC Augsburg 67 (5)
2015 Sporting Kansas City 13 (1)
2016 Ottawa Fury 6 (2)
2016– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 11 (0)
National team
2003 Canada U17 5 (0)
2004–2005 Canada U20 14 (1)
2007– Canada 51 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2017

Marcel de Jong (English: /mɑːrˈsɛl dəˈjɒŋ/, Dutch: [mɑrˈsɛl də ˈjɔŋ]; born 15 October 1986) is a Canadian soccer player currently playing for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Club career[edit]


De Jong played for amateur side De Valk and joined the PSV Eindhoven youth academy in 1996.[1] He started his professional career with Dutch Eerste Divisie side Helmond Sport and joined Roda JC in the summer of 2006.[2]


De Jong warming up before a match against Ecuador at BMO Field on 1 June 2011 in front of Josh Simpson.

After four years with Roda JC, de Jong signed with German club FC Augsburg on 21 May 2010. Marcel scored his first goal for the second division German side on 12 September 2010 versus VfL Bochum at the Ruhrstadion. They won this away fixture 2–0 in which de Jong also assisted the other goal from teammate Michael Thurk. De Jong scored his second goal of the season several months later on 4 February 2011 in a 2–0 away win versus VfL Osnabrück. De Jong in his first season with Augsburg started 24 league games and helped take the team to finish second in 2. Bundesliga securing automatic promotion to top flight football, finishing several points behind Hertha BSC.[3]

De Jong made his Bundesliga debut in the first game of the 2011–12 season on 6 August 2011 against SC Freiburg; the game ended in a 2–2 home draw.[4] On 4 October 2011, Marcel de Jong suffered a knee injury that would keep him out of action for two months.[5] He returned to action as an unused substitute on 4 December 2011 during a 3–1 defeat to Schalke 04.[6] De Jong made his full return to the team the following week against Borussia Mönchengladbach; starting the game, he helped earn the team only their third victory of the campaign, winning 1–0. De Jong scored his first Bundesliga goal on 28 January 2012 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the game ended in a 2–2 home draw.[7] De Jong sustained an ankle injury in an early February draw against 1. FC Nürnberg, forcing him to have season-ending surgery on the ligaments.[8]

De Jong made his return from his injury 1 September 2012 in a 3–1 defeat to Schalke 04.[9] He scored his first goal of the season on 27 April 2013 against VfB Stuttgart in a 3–0 victory, de Jong came on as a sub and scored a minute after coming on.[10] Unsatisfied with his role as a reserve in the 2014–2015 season, De Jong and Augsburg agreed to terminate his contract in January 2015.[11]

United States[edit]

After an extended trial, de Jong signed with Sporting Kansas City ahead of the 2015 MLS season.[12] He made his debut against FC Dallas on 14 March.[13] On 1 March 2016 Sporting KC announced the club had terminated its contract with De Jong by mutual consent.


The day after being released by Sporting KC, de Jong signed with NASL club Ottawa Fury, joining fellow Canadian international teammate Julian de Guzman.[14]

After a good Spring season with Ottawa, de Jong had stated in interviews that he and his family "liked it here" (in Ottawa) and that he wanted to stay despite interest from multiple other clubs.[15] However, when questioned by media, Fury manager Paul Dalglish stated that he was doubtful that the club would be able to afford de Jong.[16] On 22 June 2016 Dalglish stated that he had made de Jong "his best possible offer" and that it was up to the player as to whether or not he would accept it and stay in Ottawa or sign elsewhere.[17] On 30 June, the club stated in a preview for its Fall season opener that de Jong had not been re-signed.[18]

On 11 July, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced they had signed de Jong via Twitter.

International career[edit]

In the summer of 2005, De Jong played for the U-20 Canadian national team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. On 26 September 2007, just before his 21st birthday, De Jong decided to play for the Canadian national team instead of the Netherlands, reasoning that he would be more likely to earn a regular place in the Canada team than with the Netherlands.[citation needed]

He made his senior debut for Canada in a November 2007 friendly match against South Africa. De Jong scored his first goal for Canada in a 2–2 draw against Costa Rica on 10 July 2009. De Jong was selected for his second consecutive Gold Cup in May 2011, Canada failed to exit the group stage with a 1–1–1 record.[19]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 July 2009 FIU Stadium, Miami, United States  Costa Rica 2–1 2–2 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 9 September 2014 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Jamaica 2–1 3–1 Friendly
3 13 October 2015 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States  Ghana 1–0 1–1 Friendly



FC Augsburg
Sporting Kansas City

Personal life[edit]

Born in Canada to Dutch parents, De Jong moved to the Netherlands at the age of five and did not return to Canada until he was selected by the Canada U17 national soccer team in 2003.[20]


  1. ^ "Marcel de Jong" (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "FC Augsburg haalt De Jong" (in Dutch). 14 May 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Bottjer, Steve (10 June 2011). "De Jong continues rise for club & country". Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Match: FC Ausburg vs. SC Freiburg". 6 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Quinn, Phillip (4 October 2011). "FC Augsburg's Marcel De Jong Out Two Months With Knee Injury". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Schuller, Rudi (6 December 2011). "Canadian Exports: Occean stays on scoring tear". Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Augsburg 2-2 Kaiserslautern". 29 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Zocher, Thomas (15 February 2012). "De Jong to have surgery". Sky Sports. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Schalke claim first win". ESPN Soccernet. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "FC Ausburg 3-0 VfB Stuttgart". Bundesliga. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Augsburg, FC. "FC Augsburg: FCA löst Vertrag mit Marcel de Jong auf". Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "FC Dallas vs. Sporting Kansas City - MLS MatchCenter". 14 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Fury FC Add CanMNT Defender Marcel de Jong and Brazilian striker Pablo Dyego". Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "SMR Interview Series: Marcel De Jong, Midfielder". Stony Monday Riot. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Dalglish: We had the better chances in the second half". Ottawa Fury FC Official YouTube channel. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Convaincre de Jong de rester". Le Droit. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "PREVIEW: Cosmos -v- Fury FC". Ottawa Fury FC. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "De Jong: Brazil would be a dream". 31 August 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "Impact Soccer • Voir le sujet - Marcel De Jong : a Canadian in Holland". Retrieved 12 July 2016. 

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