Michael Seaton (footballer)

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Michael Seaton
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Personal information
Full name Michael Joseph Arantes Seaton
Date of birth (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 24)
Place of birth Spanish Town, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Viktoria Köln
Number 9
Youth career
2010–2012 D.C. United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 D.C. United 5 (0)
2013–2014Richmond Kickers (loan) 23 (8)
2015Örebro SK (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016 Portland Timbers 0 (0)
2015Portland Timbers 2 (loan) 5 (1)
2016–2017 Hapoel Ramat Gan 17 (6)
2017Hapoel Tel Aviv (loan) 1 (0)
2017–2018 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 15 (0)
2018–2019 Orange County SC 56 (24)
2020– Viktoria Köln 8 (1)
National team
2012–2013 Jamaica U17 5 (2)
2015 Jamaica U20 3 (2)
2015 Jamaica U23 4 (4)
2013– Jamaica 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2015

Michael Seaton (born 1 May 1996) is a Jamaican footballer who plays for FC Viktoria Köln in 3rd Bundesliga. Upon his MLS debut with D.C. United in 2013, he became the league's first player born after it began play.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Seaton began playing for D.C. United in 2010, when he signed for their youth academy, as part of the U-15 squad. Before playing for D.C. United, he played for the Freestate Soccer Alliance, a soccer club based in Bowie, Maryland. He worked his way up the ranks of the academy.

Professional[edit]

United States[edit]

In 2009-2010, Seaton started his soccer career by playing with his middle school team, Nicholas Orem Middle School. With the help of his coach, Mr. Winston Miller, Seaton tried out for the D.C. United Youth Academy. Seaton signed with D.C. United on 13 January 2013.[1] Seaton was the fifth member of United's Academy to sign a contract with the first team.

In March 2013, he was loaned to the Richmond Kickers of USL Pro. On 3 May, Seaton made his debut for Richmond against Wilmington, where he scored.[2]

Seaton's first game with D.C. United was a friendly match on 12 July 2013, against C.D. Guadalajara. Seaton played for 20 minutes and assisted Carlos Ruiz's goal in the 73rd minute. He made his first MLS start on September 28, 2013, against Toronto FC.[3] Seaton trained with Serie A club Internazionale during January 2014.[4] He played 5 MLS games in total for DC United.

On August 6, 2015, Seaton was traded to Portland Timbers.[5] He was waived by the club on May 13, 2016.[6]

Sweden[edit]

On 31 March 2015 Örebro SK presented Seaton as their player, joining the Swedish team on a loan deal.[7] On 4 June, Örebro SK announced that they canceled the loan deal with Seaton and that he would return to D.C. United.[8]

Israel[edit]

In July 2016, Seaton signed with Israel second division club Hapoel Ramat Gan.[9] On January 26, 2019, Seaton was loaned to Hapoel Tel Avi, and returned on June 30, 2017.

On September 3, 2017, Seaton joined Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

Orange County SC[edit]

In March 2018, Seaton signed with Orange County SC in the USL.[10] In 29 appearances for the club, he scored 15 goals and tallied 7 assists, including a playoff hat trick against Saint Louis FC on October 20. Just four days later, Seaton agreed to terms with Orange County SC to remain with the club for the 2019 season[11].

Seaton scored Orange County's first goal of 2019 after intercepting an errant back pass as his side fought back from 0-2 to draw 2-2 on 9 March. On May 4, just four days after his 23rd birthday, the striker scored the winning goal against rival side Phoenix Rising FC. On 24 July, Seaton surpassed former teammate Thomas Enevoldsen to become Orange County SC's all-time leading goalscorer. Seaton finished 2019 with 13 goals and 5 assists in 31 appearances. In November, 2019, Seaton announced his departure from Orange County SC.[12]

Germany[edit]

In January, 2020, Seaton joined FC Viktoria Köln in a free-transfer.[13]

International[edit]

Seaton received his first senior Jamaica national team call versus Trinidad on 15 November 2013.[14] Seaton scored his 1st senior international goal versus St. Lucia on 5 March 2014, as a 17-year-old.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Jamaica's goal tally first.[15]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 March 2014 Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet  Saint Lucia
1–0
5–0
Friendly
2. 26 May 2014 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey  Serbia
1–2
1–2
Friendly

Personal[edit]

Seaton also holds U.S. citizenship.[16]

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Jamaica

Club[edit]

Portland Timbers

Orange County SC

  • USL Western Conference Regular Season Champion: 2018


References[edit]

  1. ^ "16-year-old Homegrown forward Michael Seaton signs with D.C. United". DC United Communications. DCUnited.com. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Kickers Defeat Hammerheads". USLSoccer.com. 3 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Michael Seaton". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. ^ http://www.dcunited.com/news/2014/01/photos-michael-seaton-at-inter-milan
  5. ^ http://www.timbers.com/post/2015/08/06/portland-timbers-acquire-forward-michael-seaton-dc-united-exchange-targeted
  6. ^ http://www.timbers.com/post/2016/05/13/portland-timbers-waive-forward-michael-seaton
  7. ^ http://www.blackandredunited.com/dc-united-transfers/2015/3/31/8323089/michael-seaton-loaned-to-orebro-sk-in-sweden
  8. ^ http://oskfotboll.se/osk/aktuellt/nyheter-2015/2015-06-04-michael-seaton-lamnar-osk.html
  9. ^ http://rjrnewsonline.com/sports/reggae-boy-seaton-to-ply-trade-in-israel
  10. ^ https://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/897349
  11. ^ "Seaton, Orange County SC Agree to Contract Extension".
  12. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (23 November 2019). "Michael Seaton announces departure from Orange County SC". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Michael Seaton". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  14. ^ http://www.dcunited.com/news/2013/11/dc-united-homegrown-forward-michael-seaton-called-up-to-jamaica-men%E2%80%99s-national-team
  15. ^ "Michael Seaton profile". Caribbean Football Database. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  16. ^ http://www.dcunited.com/news/2013/01/a-dual-citizen-with-twice-the-purpose
  17. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2015/12/6/9858868/timbers-crew-2015-mls-cup-final-score-results
  18. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/index.ssf/2015/11/portland_timbers_fans_celebrat.html

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