Marco Reda

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Marco Reda
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Personal information
Full name Marco Reda
Date of birth (1977-06-22) June 22, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth North York, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1996–1998 Winthrop Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Toronto Lynx 82 (0)
2000–2001 Toronto ThunderHawks (indoor) 6 (0)
2002–2004 Sogndal 49 (6)
2004–2005 Aalborg 21 (0)
2006 Sogndal 20 (1)
2007 Toronto FC 8 (0)
2008 Charleston Battery 27 (1)
2009 Vancouver Whitecaps 16 (2)
National team
2005–2008 Canada 7 (1)
Teams managed
2012 SC Toronto (ass't)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 December 2009

Marco Reda (born June 22, 1977) is a Canadian former soccer player who began his professional career in the USL A-League with the Toronto Lynx where he developed his skills as a solid defender. This led to his transfer to Europe to sign with Sogndal, where he would eventually have a tenure in Scandinavia for six years. Reda would return to Toronto, this time to sign with newly expansion franchise Toronto FC, and would conclude his career in the USL First Division. He also played at the indoor level in the National Professional Soccer League with the Toronto ThunderHawks in 2000-2001.

After his retirement from competitive soccer he briefly served as an assistant coach in the Canadian Soccer League with SC Toronto in 2012.

Club career[edit]

Reda began his career at the college level with Winthrop University from 1996 to 1997. He went professional in 1998, after Peter Pinizzotto head coach of the Toronto Lynx signed him to a contract. In 1999, he was named the team captain for the club, and won the team's best defensive player award.[1] In 2000, the captain assisted his franchise in qualifying for the postseason for the second time in the club's history. Toronto would finish third in the Northeast Division. In the playoffs the Lynx faced Richmond Kickers in the first round, and advanced to the next round by a 3-1 goals on aggregate.[2]

In the next round Toronto would face the Rochester Rhinos, but would be eliminated from the playoffs by a score of 2-1 on goals on aggregate.[3] Reda had a stint in the National Professional Soccer League with the short lived expansion franchise the Toronto ThunderHawks during the 2000-2001 winter indoor season.[4] He helped the ThunderHawks reach the postseason by finishing second in the National Conference, and reached the Conference finals where they were defeated by the Milwaukee Wave. His next notable season with Toronto was in the 2002 season where he would continue in his capacity as club captain.[5] On June 13, 2002, he was named for the first time in his career to the A-League Team of the Week.[6] Early on in the season he was invited to a trial in Norway with Sogndal Fotball.[7] His trial was a success and was offered a contract by the First Division club.[8]

In his debut season with Sogndal he was named the club's player of the year, and played a total of 70 matches and scored six goals. In 2006. after Sogndal were relegated to Norwegian First Division he signed a contract with Aalborg BK of the Danish Superliga. Reda played for Aalborg for a year and a half before being released. In 2006, he re-signed with his old team Sogndal to help them win back promotion to the top flight. On February 22, 2007, the newly formed Toronto FC of the Major League Soccer signed Reda to a contract.[9] At Toronto he, along with Chris Pozniak, Adam Braz and Jim Brennan were touted to form a 'Canadian Shield' of Canadian defenders for the MLS team's inaugural season, but a combination of injuries and inconsistent play led to only Brennan remaining with the team for its second year. Reda was released by Toronto in November 2007.[1]

On March 4, 2008, he signed with the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division.[10] With Charleston he was named the team captain, and helped the Battery reach the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, where the organization lost to a score of 2-1 to D.C. United. On February 11, 2009, he signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps,[11][12] During his tenure with Vancouver he helped the Whitecaps reach the USL playoff finals, but were defeated by the Montreal Impact. He was released by the Whitecaps at the end of the 2009 season.[13]

Coaching career[edit]

Since 2010 Marco has been coaching with the Power Soccer School of Excellence in Toronto, Ontario. On May 1, 2012, he was appointed assistant coach to SC Toronto of the Canadian Soccer League.[14] He helped Toronto finish third in the overall standings which clinched a postseason berth for the club.

International career[edit]

Reda made his debut for Canada in a February 2005 friendly match against Northern Ireland and has earned a total of 7 caps, scoring 1 goal. He has a non-playing squad member at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His final international was a January 2008 friendly match against Martinique.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 March 2006 Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria  Austria 2-0 2-0 Friendly match

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "MLS Waiver Draft set for Thursday". toronto.fc.mlsnet.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SoccerAmerica/2000/sa1455p.pdf" (PDF). library.la84.org. Retrieved 2015-06-21.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ Glover, Robin. "September 15, 2000 Toronto Lynx vs Richmond Kickers". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  3. ^ DiVeronica, Jeff. "Bring on the Thunder". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Marco Reda | SoccerStats.us". soccerstats.us. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  5. ^ Glover, Robin. "Toronto Lynx Press Conference April 17, 2002". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  6. ^ MICHALKO, Eric. "Toronto Lynx Press release for May 1st, 2002". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  7. ^ MICHALKO, Eric. "May 30, 2002 A-League Toronto Lynx news". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  8. ^ KOREEN, Mike. "June 13, 2002 A-League Toronto Lynx vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  9. ^ MILLSON, Larry. "Toronto FC gave Reda a chance to come home". Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  10. ^ "Battery signs Canadian national team defender Marco Reda". Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  11. ^ Weber, Marc. "More new faces at Caps training camp". The Province. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  12. ^ http://www.whitecapsfc.com/archive/feature02190901.aspx
  13. ^ Whitecaps part ways with seven
  14. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 1, 2012 CSL--CSL Pre-season Press Conference (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 

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