Murphy Wiredu

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Murphy Wiredu
Personal information
Full name Murphy Wiredu
Date of birth (1985-01-15) January 15, 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Brampton, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2003 CS Azzurri Hearts
2004–2008 Saint Peter's College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Ottawa Fury 5 (2)
2007 Toronto Lynx 16 (10)
2008 Italia Shooters 19 (6)
2009–2010 Sengkang Punggol 46 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 11, 2010.

Murphy Wiredu (born January 15, 1985 in Brampton) is a Canadian former soccer player who played in the USL Premier Development League, Canadian Soccer League, and the S.League.

Career[edit]

He first played soccer at Monsignor Johnson Catholic High School in North York, where he was captain of the soccer team and also earned MVP honours for the volleyball team. In his youth years he played with CS Azzurri Hearts. In 2004 he received a scholarship to play for Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey. In his freshman year he led the MAAC in goals with nine, and was named into conference All-Rookie team. In 2006 he was second in scoring for Saint Peters with 9 goals and 3 assists. In his final year at Saint Peter's College (2007–08) Wiredu captained his Division I team to the conference finals where they lost to Loyola as well as to an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament where they lost to the University of Virginia in the First Round of play. He finished his senior year leading the MAAC once again with 14 goals earning him MAAC offensive player of the year along with MAAC 1st team honors.[1][2]

When the college soccer season was over he signed for the Ottawa Fury of the Premier Development League where he appeared in five games and notched two goals.[3]In 2007, he signed for the Toronto Lynx, where in his debut season he scored 10 goals in the team’s final nine games.[4] He was awarded the clubs Best Offensive Player award for finishing as the teams top goalscorer.[5] He helped the Lynx finish the season with a 6-6-4 record, good for fourth place in the division and only 6 points short of a playoff berth.

The following year he signed with Italia Shooters for the 2008 CSL season.[6] On October 5, 2008 he scored a hat trick against defending champions Toronto Croatia in a 6-1 victory which clinched the International Division title for the Shooters.[7] In the playoff run he contributed by helping the Shooters advance to the semifinals, but unfortunately the Shooters were defeated by eventual champions Serbian White Eagles in the semi-final match.[8][9]In 2009, he went aboad to Singapore to play with Sengkang Punggol FC in the S.League, for the 2009 season.[10][11] In July 2010, on the transfer window, he was released from his contract.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "- Single-Season History". Saint Peter's. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Welcome To the Official Toronto Lynx Web Site". 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  3. ^ Brodie, Rob. "Hooper joins Wildcats' cast of stars". canoe.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  4. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 9, 2007 Toronto Lynx, Toronto Lady Lynx press conference (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  5. ^ Irwin, Rob. "July 15, 2007 PDL Toronto Lynx vs Fort Wayne Fever (from Lynx media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Canadian Soccer League Powered by Goalline Sports Administration Software". 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  7. ^ "October 5, 2008 CSL Week 21 Summary (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  8. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 17, 2008 CSL Semi-Final Italia Shooters vs Serbian White Eagles (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  9. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 10, 2008 CSL Quarterfinal Italia Shooters vs Brampton Lions (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Local players Singapore-bound". Canadian Soccer League. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  11. ^ "CONCACAF Players in Asian Leagues". 
  12. ^ Rahman, Saiful. "Just what the doctor ordered – Mid-season transfers 2010". S-League. Retrieved 12 July 2010.