Dennis Chin

Dennis Chin (born 4 June 1987) is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a forward for USL League One club Richmond Kickers.

Dennis Chin
Chin with Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2018
Personal information
Full name Dennis Chin
Date of birth (1987-06-04) 4 June 1987
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Richmond Kickers
Number 15
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Rollins 62 (22)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Central Florida Kraze 56 (10)
2011–2014 Orlando City 84 (22)
2013San Antonio Scorpions (loan) 5 (0)
2015 Arizona United 20 (3)
2016 Ottawa Fury FC 15 (1)
2016–2017 Ironi Nesher 29 (5)
2018 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 5 (0)
2019– Richmond Kickers 23 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2019

Club career

Youth and college

Chin was born in Kingston, Jamaica to a Jamaican mother and a Chinese Jamaican father. He moved to the US when he was ten and attended Oviedo High School, before playing college soccer at Rollins College from 2005 through 2007. He scored 7 goals and 3 assists in each of his junior and senior years (2006 and 2007).[1] During his time at Rollins, he also played for the Central Florida Kraze of the USL Premier Development League from 2005 to 2010.[2]

Orlando City

Chin turned professional when he signed with Orlando City of the USL Professional Division in 2011.[3] He made his professional debut on 14 May 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.[4] He then scored a goal and provided two assists in their first round match in the 2011 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, in a 4–0 win over ASC New Stars.[5] After spending the early portion of the 2011 season learning Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath's system, Chin came alive in the later part of the campaign and became known as the super-sub. As a result, the speedster ended his rookie season with four goals, two of which came during the Lions' memorable three-game playoff run, which saw the club secure its first USL PRO Championship.

In December 2011, Orlando signed Chin to a contract extension through the 2014 season.[6]

Moving into his second season, Chin's confident play towards the end of his rookie year certainly carried over into his second term with the club. Dennis transitioned from his super-sub role, held in year one, to become the primary goal-scorer for the Lions. Chin's first goal came just three minutes into their first game of the season against the Charlotte Eagles, and would set the tone for the kind of year he was about to embark on. All season long, Chin's pace and finishing ability caused problems for opposing teams' back lines and led to the striker scoring 11 goals during league play, which was a team record. Those 11 goals were also good for best in the league and saw Chin finish as Top Goal Scorer and Scoring Champion (27 points) of the USL Pro in only his second season as a professional. In addition, Chin also notched three assists during league play and also scored in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup against Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City.

Chin's impressive play led to the Oviedo native being named to the USL Pro All-League first team, while also being nominated for USL Pro Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Central Florida Athlete of the Year. Dennis also accepted invitations to train with MLS sides Chicago Fire and D.C. United during the 2012 off-season.

In his third year with Orlando City, Chin was once again an integral part of the Lions' Championship run. After notching five goals and five assists in the regular season, Chin was lethal in the playoffs and recorded four goals and three assists, in three games played, leading the USL Pro playoffs in both categories. Two of those four goals were scored in the USL Pro Championship match and helped Orlando City secure its second USL Pro title, after being upset by the Wilmington Hammerheads in the year prior. He was released upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, a casualty of the club's transition to Major League Soccer.[7]

Arizona United

After exploring some opportunities in Europe, Chin ultimately signed with another USL team, Arizona United SC.[8] He ended up scoring in the first two matches of 2015.

Ottawa Fury

In December 2015, Chin signed with Canadian NASL club Ottawa Fury FC.[9] He scored one goal for Ottawa in 17 appearances in all competitions, including seven starts.

Ironi Nesher

On August 26, 2016 he was transferred to recently promoted Israeli second division club Ironi Nesher.[10]

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

On February 23, 2018, Chin joined the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the United Soccer League.[11]

Richmond Kickers

On January 7, 2019, Chin joined the Richmond Kickers of the USL League One.[12]

Personal life

Chin's great grandparents came from Guangdong, China and they are Hakka. His last name Chin in Chinese is (Chen).

Honours

Orlando City

  • USL Pro Championship 2011
  • USL Pro Commissioner's Cup 2011
  • USL Pro Commissioner's Cup 2012
  • USL Pro Top Goal Scorer 2012
  • USL Pro Scoring Champion 2012
  • USL Pro First Team All-League 2012
  • USL Pro MVP Candidate 2012
  • Central Florida Athlete of the Year Nominee 2012
  • USL Pro Championship 2013
  • USL Pro Commissioner's Cup 2014

References

  1. "Dennis Chin - Rollins College Athletics - RollinsSports.com". rollinssports.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  2. "Orlando City Soccer Club: News". orlandocitysoccer.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  3. "Orlando City Signs Valentino". Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  4. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". uslpro.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  5. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". uslpro.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  6. "Orlando City Soccer Club: News". orlandocitysoccer.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  7. Radcliffe, Jeff (16 September 2014). "13 Orlando City players released as part of Major League Soccer transition". Bright House Sports Network. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  8. "Arizona United Soccer Club Signs Former USL Champion & Leading Goal Scorer Dennis Chin". Arizona United. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  9. "Fury adds trio of new faces to 2016 roster". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  10. "Dennis Chin transfers from Ottawa Fury to Israeli second division". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  11. "Riverhounds SC signs forward Dennis Chin". riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. https://www.richmondkickers.com/news_article/show/982649
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