Two-Boys Gumede

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Two-Boys Gumede
Personal information
Full name Two-Boys Gladstone Gumede
Date of birth (1985-08-23) 23 August 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current team
River City Rovers
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2009 UAB Blazers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Panama City Pirates 25 (1)
2010 NSC Minnesota Stars 7 (0)
2012– River City Rovers 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 September 2010.

Two-Boys Gumede (born 23 August 1985 in Durban) is a South African footballer who currently plays for River City Rovers in the USL Premier Development League.

Early life[edit]

Gumede was the second boy in his family, leading his mother to suggest she had "Two Boys".[1]

He spent his early life in Tongaat, a town near Durban, before moving to Johannesburg as a teenager to play soccer in a junior development team. While touring with the team in the United States he was offered the opportunity to join an exchange program. He moved to the United States in 2001 as an exchange student, joining a host family in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Walden School, becoming the first member of his family to graduate high school.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

He played for the Javanon Soccer Club, helping them to the 2003 Kentucky state club championship.

College and amateur[edit]

In 2005 Gumede began playing college soccer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.[2][4][5][6]

At UAB he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2005, earned second-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore in 2006, first team all-region and all-conference accolades in 2007 after redshirting his junior season when visa trouble kept him from returning to the United States after a visit to South Africa.[7][8] He was named to the 2009 Hermann Trophy watchlist prior to his senior season in 2009.[2]

During his college years Gumede played with the Panama City Pirates in the USL Premier Development League.[9][10][11]


Having trained with Major League Soccer club D.C. United during the early part of 2010[12] Gumede was expected to be a prominent pick at the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, but was not selected by any team, due to an injury.[13] He signed his first professional contract in 2010 when he was signed by the NSC Minnesota Stars of the USSF Division 2 Professional League.[14]

He made his professional debut on 28 April 2010 in a game against the Rochester Rhinos.[15]


  1. ^ Stensaas, Brian (26 June 2010). "Q&A with Two-Boys Gumede, NSC Minnesota Stars". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Profile - Two-Boys Gumede". Official Athletic Site of the UAB Blazers. University of Alabama at Birmingham. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Weiner, Jay (25 May 2010). "South Africa's World Cup: A local player cheers as his homeland prepares to host a historic sports event". Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "2005 Top 25 Recruiting Classes". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. 21 July 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Scheitrum, Kevin (15 October 2009). "A World, Frozen, Half A Planet Away". The National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Olson, Jason (16 June 2010). "Two-Boys brings Bafana Bafana to Minnesota". Coon Rapids, MN: ECM Publishers. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Deal, Jonathan (8 September 2008). "Trials and tribulations for Two-Boys Gumede". UAB Kaleidoscope. The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "MU playing for C-USA soccer title". The Herald-Dispatch. Huntingdon, WV: Champion Publishing. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2010. Conference offensive player of the year Two-Boys Gumede for UAB 
  9. ^ "Panama City Pirates 2008 Roster". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Panama City Pirates 2009 Statistics". United Soccer Leagues. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Weinfuss, Josh (15 May 2009). "PC Pirates soccer adds two players to roster". The News Herald. Panama City, Florida: Freedom Communications. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Two-Boys Gumede Invited to DC United Training Camp
  13. ^ Carrick, Buzz (1 January 2010). "Midfield class shapes up as bumper crop". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "NSC MINNESOTA SIGNS FOUR NEW PLAYERS" (Press release). NSC Minnesota Stars. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. Two Boys Gumede, a 24-year-old midfielder and forward from Durban, South Africa, will make his professional debut for the Stars this season after signing a contract, pending league approval. 
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