Nick Soolsma

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Nick Soolsma
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Personal information
Full name Nick Soolsma
Date of birth (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Andijk, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward, midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dasmesh FC
Youth career
2003–2004 PSV
2004–2007 FC Volendam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 HFC Haarlem 7 (0)
2008–2009 FC Chabab 16 (11)
2009–2010 W Young Boys 21 (17)
2011–2012 Toronto FC 31 (3)
2012–2013 Excelsior 22 (0)
2013–2014 South Melbourne 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 October 2013.

Nick Soolsma (born 7 January 1988 in Andijk) is a Dutch footballer.

Club career[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Soolsma began his career in the youth ranks of Dutch side FC Volendam. During the 2007 season he played for FC Volendam's Under-19 side. He left Volendam at the end of the season and joined HFC Haarlem in the Eerste Divisie and appeared in 7 league matches for his new side. The following seasons he played for Dutch lower division sides FC Chabab and VV Young Boys.

While with Chabab, Soolsma was regarded as one of the clubs finest players and began to draw interest from several higher level clubs.[1] He went on a trial stint with Eredivisie side RKC Waalwijk during the 2009 season.[2] After one season with FC Chabab, Soolsma joined VV Young Boys where he went on to quickly establish himself with the club scoring 17 league goals and 2 others in the domestic cup as he helped the club gain promotion to the Hoofdklasse. He began the 2010/11 season with Young Boys in top form scoring 6 goals in the clubs first 11 matches.[3] His play with Young Boys led to offers from several Qatari clubs, which Soolsma elected to reject.[4]

Canada[edit]

In January 2011 Soolsma went on trial with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer in hopes of securing a contract. He signed with the Canadian club on 9 March 2011 along with two other Dutch trialists Elbekay Bouchiba and Javier Martina.[5] Soolsma made his debut for the team on 19 March 2011 versus Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first all Canadian match-up in the league.[6] On 29 June 2011 Soolsma scored his first goal for Toronto from the penalty spot in a 1–0 home victory over Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[7] On March 15, 2012, Nick Soolsma gave an assist for the first goal and afterward scored the final winning goal in Concacaf champions league quarter final against LA Galaxy. LA Galaxy represented David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan in their squad during this period.[8] On 18 June 2012, Nick Soolsma, along with two other Toronto FC players, were arrested in Houston and charged with public intoxication.[9]

Soolsma's contract was terminated on 11 July 2012.[10]

After resigning with Toronto FC, Soolsma returned to the Netherlands and was offered contracts with either SBV Excelsior or SC Cambuur.[11] He finally chose to sign a contract with SBV Excelsior for one year.[12]

Australia[edit]

In June 2013, Soolsma signed with South Melbourne FC for the rest of the season. South Melbourne FC plays in Victorian Premier League (2nd division).[13] Soolsma left South Melbourne at the end of the 2013-2014 season to return to Canada.[14]

Honours[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

References[edit]

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