Shaker Asad

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Shaker Asad
Personal information
Full name Shaker Suleiman Asad
Date of birth (1979-08-18) August 18, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Gaza, Gaza Strip
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1997–1999 NC State
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 New England Revolution 27 (1)
2000 Project-40 (loan) 16 (2)
2001 Miami Fusion 1 (0)
2002 New England Revolution 6 (0)
2002 Charleston Battery (loan) 1 (0)
2003 Atlanta Silverbacks 22 (6)
National team
2002–2004 Palestine 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Shaker Asad (born August 18, 1979 in Gaza, the Gaza Strip) is a Palestinian former soccer midfielder who spent three seasons in Major League Soccer and one in the USL First Division. He also played for the Palestinian national team.


Asad grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he attended Athens Drive High School. Asad was First Team All-ACC at N.C. State in 1999, when he led the Wolfpack with 19 points.


The New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS) picked Asad in the third round (31st overall) in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. He saw minimal time in 2000 as the Revs loaned him to the MLS Project 40 team. In 2001, Asad played in nineteen games before being traded on August 15, 2001, along with Johnny Torres, to the Miami Fusion in exchange for Leo Cullen. He played only one game with the Fusion, which folded at the end of the season. On January 11, 2002, the Revolution drafted Asad for a second time, this time in the third round (22nd overall) of the 2002 MLS Dispersal Draft. He played in only six games with the Revolution which loaned him to the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division. In August 2002, he was injured while playing on loan to the Kansas City Wizards in an exhibition game with the Rochester Raging Rhinos. The Revs waived him on November 4, 2002 and Asad moved to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL for the 2003 season. He is not recorded as playing after that.

National team[edit]

From 2002, Asad played several years with the Palestinian national team. His first game was a 1-1 tie with Jordan on February 16, 2002 and his last recorded game was a 2-1 loss to Iraq on June 19, 2004.[1]

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