Will John

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Will John
William Oluremi John (Con Oluremi) accepting the December and March Goal of the month awards..jpg
Will John with two of his three "Goal of the Month" awards
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-06-13) June 13, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
Youth career
1999–2003 Rockhurst Hawklets
Kansas City Attack
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Saint Louis Billikens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Kansas City Brass (14)
2005 Chicago Fire 6 (0)
2006–2007 Kansas City Wizards 7 (0)
2008 Randers 5 (1)
2008 Čukarički Stankom 10 (3)
2009–2011 Vinogradar 38 (15)
2013–2014 AZAL 41 (12)
2014–2015 MAS Fez 8 (1)
2015–2017 RoPS 38 (5)
National team
United States U20 24 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 May 2014

Will John (born John Oluremi William June 13, 1985) is an American soccer player who last played for RoPS in the Veikkausliiga.

Early life[edit]

John played high school soccer at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri. John currently holds the Rockhurst single season scoring title with 36 goals and 20 assists.[1] He played also besides his High school career, club soccer for Kansas City Attack.[2] John played college soccer at Saint Louis University, and in the USL Premier Development League for Kansas City Brass.[3]

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

John was drafted by the Chicago Fire in the second round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft and Led the team in scoring in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. After a season with the Fire, John was traded to the Wizards for Diego Gutierrez.

In January 2008, John moved to Danish Superliga side Randers, sigining a 1-year contract.[4][5] On 7 August 2008, Randers announced that John had agreed to personal terms and joined Serbian SuperLiga team FK Čukarički Stankom.[6]

In February 2009 Will signed a contract with MŠK Žilina after agreeing to personal terms with the club. However, his former club Čukarički Stankom withheld his registration papers and John was forced to leave the club. John subsequently joined NK Vinogradar. In his first season with the club John recorded 5 goals and 8 assists in League and Cup games.

In September 2012 John joined Israeli side F.C. Ashdod and debuted for the team in the Toto Cup.[7]

In October 2012 John joined Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League on loan from Ukrainian First League side Oleksandriya.[8] John scored 7 2-point goals in his 11 appearances for the Comets.[9]

In February 2013 John signed for Azerbaijan Premier League side AZAL on a two-year contract. John became the first American to play and score in the Azerbaijan Premier League. John came on as a substitute for AZAL in their 3-0 victory against Kəpəz on 24 February 2013.[10] John scored his first goal for AZAL on 3 March 2013 in a home victory over Gabala.[11] John's consecutive goal scoring run was abruptly ended by a slight meniscus tear against Khazar Lankaran. The subsequent surgery saw John miss the remainder of the season.

The 2013-2014 season saw John establish himself as one of the most notable and skillful players in the Azerbaijan Premier League. John became the first player in the leagues history to win 3 "Goal of the month awards" in the same season. With 8 goals and 5 assists he was AZAL's leading goal scorer. John is most commonly known in Azerbaijan as Con Oluremi.

After leaving AZAL, John signed for Moroccan Botola side MAS Fez in September 2014.[12] However, in January 2015 John left MAS Fez citing unpaid wages,[13][14] with a proposed move to League of Ireland powerhouse Shamrock Rovers falling through in February 2015.[15] In August 2015, John signed for Veikkausliiga side RoPS.[16][17] On September 14, 2015, John's two goals in a win against KTP propelled RoPS to top of the table for the first time in over 25 years. John was awarded Man of the Match for his performance. In March 2016, John signed a new contract with RoPS.[18]

International[edit]

John was part of the U-14, U-16 Youth National Teams as well as the U.S. Under-20 team at the 2005 World Youth Championship. As of June 2009 John is eligible for selection by both the Nigerian and US National teams due to the new FIFA Regulations.

Personal life[edit]

William is the son of Emilio and Annette John. Emilio is a former professional footballer and Nigeria national football team member. Because of his father's status William is eligible to play for the Super Eagles pending FIFA approval.

John is conversationally fluent in 7 languages, and stated in previous interviews that he would like to reach 10.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of Match played 23 October 2016[19]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vinogradar 2009–10[20] Druga HNL 12 1 12 1
2010–11[20] 26 2 26 2
Total 38 3 - - - - 38 3
AZAL 2012–13 Premier League 6 4 0 0 6 4
2013–14 35 8 1 0 36 8
Total 41 12 1 0 - - - - 42 12
MAS Fez 2014–15 Botola 8 1 1 0 9 1
RoPS 2015 Veikkausliiga 11 3 0 0 0 0 - 11 3
2016 27 2 2 1 0 0 4 0 33 3
Total 38 5 2 1 0 0 4 0 44 6
Career total 125 21 4 1 0 0 4 0 133 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4132624
  2. ^ Alumni - College
  3. ^ William John profiles | LinkedIn
  4. ^ "Will John to Randers FC Official". www.downthebyline.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "THREE PRACTICE PLAYERS ON CONTRACT IN RANDERS FC". http://www.randersfc.dk. Retrieved 29 August 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "WILL JOHN FORLADER RANDERS FC". http://www.randersfc.dk. Retrieved 29 August 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Will John at FootballDatabase.eu
  8. ^ "Will John to join the Comets on loan from Ukraine". www.kansascity.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "# 13 Will John". misl.stats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "AZAL vs. Kapaz 3 - 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "AZAL 6-1 Gabala". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 March.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "William Oluremi John Delighted With Move To MAS Fez". www.allnigeriasoccer.com. allnigeriasoccer. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Oluremi John quits MAS Fez". http://www.goal.com/en-ng/. Goal.com. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ "Oluremi John's Move To Shamrock Rovers Break Downs". http://www.sl10.ng/. sl10.ng. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  15. ^ "Oluremi John's move to Shamrock Rovers falls through". http://www.goal.com/en-ie. Goal.com. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  16. ^ "Will John eyes Veikkausliiga title with RoPS". http://www.goal.com/en-ng/. Goal.com. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ "Amerikkalaishyökkääjä RoPSin riveihin". http://www.rops.fi/ (in Finnish). RoPS. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  18. ^ "Oluremi palaa RoPS-paitaan". rops.fi (in Finnish). RoPS. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "W.John". http://uk.soccerway.com/. Soccerway. Retrieved 4 November 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  20. ^ a b "John Oluremi William". www.hnl-statistika.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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