Ben Spencer (soccer)

Ben Spencer (born March 28, 1995) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Phoenix Rising in the USL Championship.

Ben Spencer
Personal information
Full name Ben Fritz Spencer, Jr.
Date of birth (1995-03-28) March 28, 1995
Place of birth Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Phoenix Rising
Number 22
Youth career
2010–2011 Real Salt Lake
2011–2012 Chivas USA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Molde FK 2 (2)
2014Indy Eleven (loan) 11 (3)
2015Toronto FC II (loan) 0 (0)
2016–2017 Toronto FC II 6 (1)
2017–2018 Toronto FC 5 (0)
2017–2018Toronto FC II (loan) 13 (1)
2019– Phoenix Rising 16 (5)
2019–FC Tucson (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2012 United States U18 8 (5)
2015 United States U20 5 (5)
2014 United States U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 14, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 14, 2015

Club career

Youth

A native of New Mexico, Spencer joined Real Salt Lake's Grande Sports Academy ahead of the 2010-11 season. He left the RSL system for the 2011-12 season for the Chivas USA academy (although his MLS rights were retained by Real Salt Lake).[1] Spencer committed to play college soccer for UC Santa Barbara for the fall 2013 season but instead agreed to join Molde in Norway in December 2012.[2]

Professional

After several months of training, Spencer signed a professional deal with Molde in April 2013, shortly after turning 18.[3] He made his professional debut in a 4–0 win over Vålerenga on September 1, 2013.[4]

In March 2014 Spencer moved on a season-long loan to NASL side Indy Eleven,[5] returning to Molde in November 2014 upon the completion of his loan deal.[6]

He moved to Toronto FC II in 2015, on loan, however, he suffered an injury and was unable to appear in a match for the team. After the season, Toronto FC acquired his MLS rights from Real Salt Lake.[7] Soon after his loan ended, he joined Toronto FC II on a permanent transfer. After spending 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with Toronto FC II in the United Soccer League, Spencer made the move up to Toronto FC on May 2, 2017.[8] He was released by the club in June 2018, [9] after only making 5 appearances in 2 seasons, contributing 2 assists. [10]

In 2019, he joined Phoenix Rising FC in the USL Championship. [11]. He scored a penalty kick in the shootout of their 2019 US Open Cup Second Round loss. [12]

International career

Spencer featured for the United States U18 in 2012, scoring three goals in six matches.[13]

Career statistics

As of October 28, 2018[14]
Club Season Division League Cup Playoffs Continental Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Molde 2013 Tippeligaen 20000020
Totals2000000020
Indy Eleven (loan) 2014 NASL 11220132
Totals112200000132
Toronto FC II 2015 USL 0000
2016 2020
2017 131131
2018 4040
Totals191000000191
Toronto FC 2017 Major League Soccer 2000000020
2018 30000030
Totals5000000050
Phoenix Rising 2019 USL Championship 1651010185
FC Tucson (loan) 2019 USL League One 3030
Career total 568301000608

References

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