Dane Kelly

Dane Kelly (born 9 February 1991) is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a striker for USL Championship club Indy Eleven. With more than 70 regular season goals, Kelly is the all-time leading scorer in the USL Championship.

Dane Kelly
Personal information
Full name Dane Kelly
Date of birth (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991
Place of birth Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Indy Eleven
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Tivoli Gardens 37+ (10)
2011–2013Charleston Battery (loan) 62 (21)
2014–2015 Charleston Battery 45 (21)
2016 Swope Park Rangers 20 (6)
2017 Reno 1868 27 (18)
2018 D.C. United 1 (0)
2018Richmond Kickers (loan) 4 (1)
2019– Indy Eleven 32 (10)
National team
2017– Jamaica 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018

Professional career

Tivoli Gardens

Kelly began his career in his native Jamaica with Jamaican National Premier League side Tivoli Gardens. He led the U21 JPL league in scoring in 2010–2011 with 15 goals.

Charleston Battery

Kelly moved to the United States in 2011 after to attend open tryouts with the Charleston Battery after being spotted by the club during a scouting trip to Jamaica. After impressing coach Mike Anhaeuser during a 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup game against Toronto FC,[1] Kelly signed with the Battery on 16 March[2] and made his debut with the team on 9 April 2011 in a game against the Charlotte Eagles.

In 2014, Kelly was named the club's player of the year and earned first team all-USL honors. In 2015, he scored 11 goals in 26 league appearances and had a man of the match performance with a goal and an assist in a 3–2 victory over NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. With his final goal of the season, the 42nd of his Charleston career, Kelly became the all-time leading scorer in the current United Soccer League, passing Matthew Delicate.

Swope Park Rangers

Kelly signed with Sporting Kansas City's USL affiliate side Swope Park Rangers on 16 December 2015.[3] He scored his first goal for the club on 2 April against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.[4] Kelly suffered a hamstring injury that ruled him out for nine games before returning against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on 12 June.[5]

Reno 1868

Kelly signed with Reno 1868 of the USL in 2017. He earned the 2017 USL Golden Boot, leading the league with 18 goals scored.[6]

D.C. United

On 9 March 2018, Kelly signed with MLS club D.C. United.[7]

Indy Eleven

On 16 January 2019, Kelly signed with USL Championship side Indy Eleven.[8]

International career

In 2017, Kelly was called up to the Jamaica senior national team. He scored his first goal against South Korea an exhibition match that ended 2-2 [9]

Career statistics

Club

As of 4 May 2019[10][11][12]
Club Season League Cup[lower-alpha 1] Continental Other[lower-alpha 2] Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Tivoli Gardens 2009–10 National Premier League 010001+
2010–11 National Premier League 000000
2011–12 National Premier League 1920019+2+
2012–13 National Premier League 1660016+6+
2013–14 National Premier League 21002+1+
Total 37+1000000037+10+
Charleston Battery (loan) 2011 USL Pro 2252110256
2012 1751100186
2013 231121212713
Charleston Battery 2014 191012112113
2015 USL 261122213014
Total 1074287006312152
Swope Park Rangers 2016 USL 20642248
Reno 1868 2017 USL 271800102818
D.C. United 2018 MLS 10100020
Richmond Kickers (loan) 2018 USL 410041
Indy Eleven 2019 USL Championship 84000084
Career total 204+81+9+7+00115224+93+
  1. All appearances in the U.S. Open Cup
  2. All appearances in the USL Cup Playoffs

International goals

Scores and results list Jamaica's goal tally first.[12]
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.30 January 2018Mardan Sports Complex, Antalya, Turkey South Korea1–02–2Friendly
2.14 October 2018Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao Bonaire6–06–02019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification

Honors

References

  1. "Battery Rallies To Beat Toronto FC". Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  2. "DataSphere". danielisland.live5news.com.
  3. "Dane Kelly, USL's top scorer, among four players signed by Swope Park Rangers". 16 December 2015.
  4. Bergabo, Patrik. "Recap: Swope Park Rangers earn 2–1 win on the road against Tulsa Roughnecks FC".
  5. Bergabo, Patrik. "Recap: Swope Park Rangers suffer 3–2 defeat against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2".
  6. "USL Race for the Golden Boot". United Soccer League. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. Goff, Steven. "D.C. United seems certain to add Costa Rican defender, Jamaican forward".
  8. "INDY ELEVEN SIGN DC UNITED FORWARD DANE KELLY". www.indyeleven.com.
  9. nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, NICHOLAS MURRAY - (29 August 2017). "Reno's Kelly Earns Jamaica Call-Up".
  10. Dane Kelly at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  11. Dane Kelly at Major League Soccer
  12. "Dane Kelly". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 22 April 2019.


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