Chris Gbandi

Chris Gbandi (born April 7, 1979) is a retired Liberian footballer, who is currently the head coach of the Northeastern Huskies men's soccer team.[1]

Chris Gbandi
Personal information
Full name Chris Gbandi
Date of birth (1979-04-07) April 7, 1979
Place of birth Bong Mines, Liberia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Northeastern University (head coach)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Connecticut Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 FC Dallas 111 (3)
2008–2009 Haugesund 37 (5)
2010 Miami FC 19 (0)
National team
2004 Liberia 1 (0)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Dartmouth College (assistant)
2016– Northeastern University
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 25, 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 16, 2006

Career

College

Gbandi played college soccer at the University of Connecticut, where he was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 1999 and 2001, and a winner in 2000 (he was named First Team All-American during his last two years in college).

Professional

Gbandi was drafted with the first overall pick of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by Dallas Burn, but missed all of the 2002 season while rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He returned in the 2003 season, where he registered one goal and two assists after playing 22 games in a disappointing campaign for the Burn. Gbandi played in another 23 games in 2004. In 2005, Gbandi made 17 appearances, all starts, and scored what happened to be the last goal ever scored at the Cotton Bowl by an FC Dallas player. 2006 was his best season yet, Gbandi played in 28 games and earned FC Dallas's defender of the year honors. Over the off season, Gbandi had a trial with IK Start, but nothing became of it.[2]

2007 was another good year for Gbandi, he made 21 appearances and scored a spectacular goal against Real Salt Lake.[3]

On February 8, 2008, he completed a transfer to Norwegian club FK Haugesund,[4] where he spent the next two seasons, scoring 5 goals in 37 appearances for the team.

Gbandi returned to the United States in 2010 when he signed with USSF Division 2 club Miami FC.

International

It was speculated that Gbandi might cap for the United States national team, however, in 2004 he accepted an offer from the Liberian national team to compete in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, making him ineligible for the US squad.

Career statistics

[5]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2002DallasMajor League Soccer00
2003221
2004230
2005171
2006280
2007211
Norway League Norwegian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008HaugesundFirst Division
Total USA 1113
Norway 00
Career total 1113

Personal

Gbandi's brother, Sandy Gbandi, is also a professional soccer player.

References

  1. "CHRIS GBANDI TABBED AS NORTHEASTERN MEN'S SOCCER HEAD COACH". Northeastern Huskies. 10 January 2016.
  2. "Gbandis bond in Hoops camp". Liberian Soccer. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. "Gbandi headed to Norway". YouTube. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. "FC Dallas – Best Goals 2007". Yahoo! Sports. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. "Chris Gbandi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
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