Mohammad Mashriqi

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Mohammad Mashriqi
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Yusef Mashriqi
Date of birth (1987-07-07) July 7, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Flushing, New York
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
free agent
Youth career
1995–1996 Blau Weiss Gottschee
2005–2008 Long Island Blackbirds
2008– New York Red Bulls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Bakersfield Brigade 5 (0)
2009 Brooklyn Knights 7 (1)
2010 Jersey Express S.C.
2011–2013 Brishna F.C.
2013–2014 Bhawanipore F.C.
2015 United Cyclones Soccer Club
National team
2011– Afghanistan 30 (1)
2001 United States U15
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 01, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 01, 2016

Mohammad Yusef Mashriqi (born 7 July 1987) is an Afghan footballer who is a free agent and is playing for the Afghanistan national football team.

Early life[edit]

Mashriqi's soccer lineage started with his father, Tahir, a former member of the Afghanistan national team.[citation needed] When communists took control of his country during the 10-year Afghanistan War, soccer took a back seat to survival for Tahir and his wife, Safora, and their son Sabir and daughter, Sabira, who were 5 and 3 at the time. Tahir took his family and fled to Pakistan. They reached the U.S. Embassy, and in 1985 they were safely in the United States.[1] After settling in the Flushing, New York area, Mohammad was born two years later, in 1987.


Youth and college[edit]

Mashriqi attended Flushing High School and from the age of nine played for the famed Blau Weiss Gottschee club in New York, winning four State Cup championships. He was a member of his regional ODP from 2001 to 2005, and played for the Brooklyn Knights in the USL Super-Y League, helping them reach the national semifinals. He played four years of college soccer at Long Island University[2]

During his college years, Mashriqi also played in the USL Premier Development League for Bakersfield Brigade in 2006 [3] and 2007,[4] and with the Brooklyn Knights in 2009[5]

Mashriqi trained with the Under-17 squad of prestigious club Paris Saint-Germain,[1] and with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer during their 2008 pre-season.Mashriqi is currently a part of the reserve squad for New York Red Bulls which plays in the MLS Reserve Division, while simultaneously playing for New York-area amateur team Brishna F.C..


Mashriqi was a member of the U.S. Under-14 National Team,[6] but switched his international allegiance to his father's country, Afghanistan in 2010.

He played in both of Afghanistan's qualifying games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Palestine[7][8] in July 2011, and scored his first international goal for Afghanistan in its 8–1 victory over Bhutan in the quarter finals of the 2011 SAFF Championship on December 7, 2011.[9]

After being absent for almost 2 years Mashriqi was called up for the friendly match against Malaysia in October 2016.


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