Micheal Azira

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Micheal Azira
Micheal Azira LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Micheal Azira
Date of birth (1987-08-22) August 22, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Kampala, Uganda
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder, defender
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 22
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders
2011 Mobile Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Mississippi Brilla 28 (5)
2012–2013 Charleston Battery 40 (5)
2014–2015 Seattle Sounders FC 25 (0)
2015 Seattle Sounders FC 2 (loan) 1 (0)
2016– Colorado Rapids 36 (0)
National team
2016– Uganda 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 February 2017

Micheal Azira (born August 22, 1987) is a Ugandan footballer currently playing for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

Professional[edit]

Azira signed with Charleston Battery of USL Pro in 2012.[citation needed] He scored the winning goal for Charleston against Wilmington Hammerheads in the 2012 USL Pro Championship match.[1] Azira scored six more goals for the Battery in 2013.

Azira was transferred to Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer on March 6, 2014.[2][3] He made his MLS debut as a substitute against Montreal on March 23, 2014.[4]

Seattle did not renew Azira's contract following the 2015 season. Azira entered the MLS Waiver Draft in December 2015 and was selected by Colorado Rapids.[5]

Coaching[edit]

Head coach for Daniel Island Soccer Academy U-16 and U-18 Boyz in Charleston, SC. Served as assistant coach at UMS-Wright in Mobile, Alabama for two seasons, helping lead them to a state title in 2011.[6]

International career[edit]

Azira plays for his birth nation of Uganda. Coach Milutin Sredojević selected Azira for the final 23-man roster for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.[7]

Personal[edit]

It is believed that Azira holds a U.S. green card, which would qualify him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Miller (September 8, 2012). "Charleston Battery captures fourth USL title with 1-0 win over Wilmington". Post and Courier. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Charleston Battery transfers Mike Azira to Seattle Sounders FC". Charleston Battery. 
  3. ^ Dave Clark (March 6, 2014). "Sounders Sign Ugandan International Micheal Azira". Sounder At Heart. 
  4. ^ "Montreal Impact vs Seattle Sounders FC 03-23-2014 – Rosters". MLSsoccer.com. March 23, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Former Sounders FC midfielder Micheal Azira lands with Colorado Rapids". Seattle Sounders FC. 
  6. ^ "Micheal Azira finds his niche on Sounders with good humor, positive attitude". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Uganda name Africa Nations cup squad". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sounders". The Seattle Times. 

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