Brandon Allen (soccer)

Brandon Allen (born October 8, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a forward for Memphis 901 in the USL Championship. Allen is the younger brother of soccer player R. J. Allen.[2]

Brandon Allen
Allen playing for New York Red Bulls II in 2016
Personal information
Full name Brandon Allen [1]
Date of birth (1993-10-08) October 8, 1993
Place of birth Old Bridge, New Jersey, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Memphis 901
Number 29
Youth career
2010–2012 New York Red Bulls
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Georgetown Hoyas 91 (50)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Baltimore Bohemians 2 (1)
2016–2017 New York Red Bulls 1 (0)
2016–2017New York Red Bulls II (loan) 42 (24)
2017Minnesota United (loan) 1 (0)
2018 Bethlehem Steel 7 (2)
2018 Nashville SC 21 (8)
2019 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 (1)
2019– Memphis 901 19 (9)
National team
2012–2013 United States U20 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 21, 2015

Early career

Allen attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, NJ where he scored 118 goals throughout his four-year varsity career. During his time in high school he was also a member of the New York Red Bulls' academy program where he scored 28 goals during the 2010–2011 season followed by 27 goals in 2011–2012. During his tenure at Georgetown, Allen was a standout player where he earned All-American honors three times and was named as a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 2015.[3][4] At the conclusion of his 91-game career with the Hoyas, Allen recorded 50 goals and 17 assists, making him the all-time leading scorer in school history.[5]

Allen was also a member of the 2014 Baltimore Bohemians in the Premier Development League.[6]

Professional career

New York Red Bulls

On December 21, 2015, Allen signed a Homegrown Contract with the New York Red Bulls, where he stated in his first interview with the club, "I've waited a long time for this, all my life, but I enjoyed my college career and a lot of my success came from my teammates and my senior class was a big part of my success so I want to thank them. I'm very excited to get started here at the Red Bulls." [7] He joins former academy and New York Red Bulls II players, Derrick Etienne and Tyler Adams as the third homegrown player signing this season, and adds to a league high of seven on the club for 2016.[8]

Allen made his professional debut for New York Red Bulls II on March 26, scoring two goals in a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC II.[9] The following week, Allen scored another goal for the club in a 2-0 victory against Louisville City FC.[10] On May 28, Allen made his first team debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 victory against Toronto FC.[11] On July 9, Allen scored his first professional hat trick in a 4-2 victory against FC Montreal.[12] He was later awarded as the USL Player of the Week for his performance.[13] On October 2, 2016, Long scored his sixteenth of the season to help New York Red Bulls II advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2016 USL Playoffs in a 4-0 victory over Orlando City B. [14] In the following match against Rochester Rhinos, Allen scored two goals, including a 119th minute pk equalizer which sent the match to a penalty shootout, which New York won 5-4 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs.[15] On October 23, Allen recorded a hat trick and provided an assist in leading New York to a 5-1 victory over Swope Park Rangers in the 2016 USL Cup Final. For his performance he was named USL Cup Final MVP.[16] On October 18, 2016 Allen was named to the 2016 USL All-League First Team after leading New York with 21 goals in all competitions.[17] On November 3, 2016 it was announced that Allen was voted as the 2016 USL Rookie of the Year.[18]

On 6 May 2017, Allen recorded his first two-goal game of the season for New York Red Bulls II , netting on two penalty kicks, in a 3-1 victory over Harrisburg City Islanders.[19]

Minnesota United

In July 2017, Allen secured a loan move to Minnesota United FC until the conclusion of the 2017 season.[20] Looking for more playing time, Allen would only register one league appearance for the Loons.

Bethlehem Steel

On January 8, 2018, Allen signed with United Soccer League side Bethlehem Steel.[21]

Nashville SC

On May 22, 2018, USL side Nashville SC announced they had paid a transfer fee for Brandon Allen.[22] On November 14, 2018, Nashville announced that they had not re-signed Allen for the 2019 season. [23]

Tampa Bay Rowdies

On December 5, 2018, Allen signed with USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies.[24] Allen scored one league goal for the Rowdies, on April 24, against Atlanta United 2. Allen also scored in each of the Rowdies two U.S. Open Cup matches.

Memphis 901 FC

ON June 26, 2019, Allen was acquired by USL Championship expansion team Memphis 901 FC. At the time of his signing, Memphis sat last in the league in goals scored.

International career

Allen represented the United States at multiple levels including the U-18 and U-20 squads.[25]

Career statistics

As of 13 October 2018
Club Season League League Cup Domestic Cup CONCACAF Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
New York Red Bulls 2016 1000000010
Total 1000000010
New York Red Bulls II (loan) 2016 2815463221
2017 15900159
Total 43244600004730
Minnesota United (loan) 2017 10000010
Total 1000000010
Bethlehem Steel 2018 720072
Total 7200000072
Nashville SC 2018 2180031249
Career total 73344631008040

Honors

Club

New York Red Bulls II

References

  1. "Brandon Allen New York Red Bulls Bio". NewYorkRedBulls.com.
  2. "Brandon Allen Georgetown Bio". GUHoyas.com.
  3. "Mac Hermann Trophy Announces 2015 Men's and Women's Finalists". NCAA.com.
  4. "Allen Named a MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist". GUHoyas.com.
  5. "New York Red Bulls sign Brandon Allen, Derrick Etienne as Homegrown Players, now lead MLS with 7 HGPs". MLSSoccer.com.
  6. "2014 Baltimore Bohemians stats". USLPDL.com. Premier Development League. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  7. "New York Red Bulls Sign Derrick Etienne, Brandon Allen as Homegrown Players". NewYorkRedBulls.com.
  8. "New York Red Bulls sign Brandon Allen, Derrick Etienne as Homegrown Players, now lead MLS with 7 HGPs". MLSSoccer.com.
  9. "Allen Leads Red Bulls II Rally in 2-2 Draw". USLSoccer.com.
  10. "Red Bulls II Take Impressive Win in Louisville". uslsoccer.com. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  11. "New York Red Bulls 3, Toronto FC 0". MLSSoccer.com.
  12. "USL MATCH RECAP: Brandon Allen's hat trick extends NYRB II unbeaten streak to 10 games". NewYorkRedBulls.com.
  13. "New York's Allen Named USL Player of the Week". USLSoccer.com.
  14. "USL Match Recap: NYRB II Advances to Conference Semifinals with Win over Orlando City B". newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  15. "Red Bulls II Strike Late, Down Rhinos in Shootout". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  16. "Allen's Hat Trick Leads Red Bulls II to USL Cup". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  17. "2016 USL All-League Teams Unveiled". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  18. "New York's Allen Named USL Rookie of the Year". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  19. "USL Match Recap: Red Bulls II Earn 3-1 Win Over City Islanders". newyorkredbulls.com. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  20. Megan Ryan (15 July 2017). "Minnesota United signs New York Red Bulls forward Brandon Allen on loan". Star Tribune. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  21. "Allen makes move to Steel FC". USLsoccer.com. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  22. https://www.nashvillesc.com/news_article/show/920186?referrer_id=2591152
  23. https://www.nashvillesc.com/news_article/show/968443
  24. https://www.rowdiessoccer.com/news_article/show/974313
  25. "Brandon Allen National Team". USSoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-24. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
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