Raheem Edwards

Raheem Nathaniel Anfernee Edwards (born July 17, 1995) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer. Edwards generally plays as a left winger or wing-back.

Raheem Edwards
Edwards warming up before a Toronto FC game on July 22, 2017
Personal information
Full name Raheem Nathaniel Anfernee Edwards[1]
Date of birth (1995-07-17) July 17, 1995
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Full back
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 7
Youth career
2004–2013 Erin Mills SC
2014 Toronto FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Sheridan Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 ANB Futbol
2015–2017 Toronto FC II 42 (8)
2016–2017 Toronto FC 22 (1)
2018 Montreal Impact 14 (2)
2018– Chicago Fire 17 (2)
National team
2015–2016 Canada U23 4 (2)
2017– Canada 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 7, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 24, 2018

Club career

Toronto FC II

In 2015, Edwards signed his first professional contract with Toronto FC II, Toronto FC's reserve team. He made his debut as a substitute on March 28 against FC Montreal.[2] Edwards played two full seasons with the USL side, scoring eight goals and assisting on five occasions.[3]

Toronto FC

In June 2016, Edwards signed a short-term agreement which allowed him to play in cup games with the first team.[4] On June 29, 2016, Edwards made his first team debut during the 2016 Canadian Championship, coming on for Jonathan Osorio in the second half of the second leg of the final. Raheem made his Major League Soccer debut when he entered in the 88th minute TFC's 1–1 draw at home to Seattle Sounders FC on July 2, 2016. In March 2017, Edwards signed a full first team contract with Toronto FC prior to the 2017 season.[5]

Montreal Impact

On December 12, 2017, Edwards was selected by Los Angeles FC in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft.[6] He was then immediately traded with fellow expansion draftee Jukka Raitala to Montreal Impact on exchange for defender Laurent Ciman.[7] Edwards would make his Impact debut against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the 2018 season opener,[8] and would score his first goal for the Impact in the following game against the Columbus Crew.[9]

Chicago Fire

On July 17, 2018, Edwards was traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $400,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.[10] He made his debut four days later on July 21, assisting on a Nemanja Nikolić goal in a 2–1 defeat to his former club Toronto FC.

International career

Youth

Edwards made his debut for the Canadian program with the U23 side at the 2015 Pan American Games. He appeared in his first match against Brazil's U23 side as a substitute.[11]

In May 2016, Edwards was called to Canada's U23 national team for a pair of friendlies against Guyana and Grenada.[12] He scored in both games, and received Man of the Match honors with a goal and three assists in the U23's 5–1 victory against Guyana’s full national team on May 15, 2016.[13][14]

Senior

Edwards made his debut for the Canadian senior team against Curaçao on June 13, 2017.[15] On June 27, he was named to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.[16]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played on June 12, 2019[17]
ClubSeasonLeaguePlayoffsDomestic Cup]Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Toronto FC II 2015 USL 212212
2016 206206
2017 1010
Totals 428428
Toronto FC 2016 MLS 10001020
2017 2111030251
Totals 2211040271
Montreal Impact 2018 MLS 1420000142
Chicago Fire 2018 MLS 1310010141
2019 41001051
Totals 1740020192
Career totals 9513106010213

International

As of 24 March 2018[18]
Canada national team
YearAppsGoals
201730
201810
Total40

Honours

Toronto FC

References

  1. "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: Canada" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 2. Retrieved May 20, 2019 via Bernews.
  2. Hylton, Kamal (March 28, 2015). "Match Recap: TFC II vs. FC Montreal".
  3. "Raheem Edwards". MLSsoccer.com.
  4. "Toronto FC Sign Raheem Edwards To Short-Term Agreement". Toronto FC. June 29, 2016.
  5. "Toronto FC sign Raheem Edwards". Toronto FC. March 2, 2017.
  6. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/12/12/2017-mls-expansion-draft
  7. https://www.impactmontreal.com/en/post/2017/12/12/impact-acquires-jukka-raitala-and-raheem-edwards
  8. Charles Boehm (March 4, 2018). "Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Montreal Impact 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap". MLS.
  9. Phil West (March 10, 2018). "Columbus Crew SC 3, Montreal Impact 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap". MLS.
  10. https://www.chicago-fire.com/post/2018/07/17/chicago-fire-acquire-raheem-edwards
  11. Squizzato, Daniel (July 12, 2015). "Stylish Brazil makes Canadian men suffer in Pan Am football".
  12. Canada Soccer Association. "Canada announces roster for Caribbean tour". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  13. Canada Soccer Association. "Canada m23 defeat Guyana as part of Jubilee celebration". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  14. Canada Soccer Association. "Canada m23 wins again on Caribbean tour". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  15. Beacon, Bill (June 13, 2017). "Canada beats Curacao for first win under Zambrano".
  16. Zeitlin, Dave (June 27, 2017). "Canada names nine MLS players to 23-man CONCACAF Gold Cup roster".
  17. Soccerway. "Raheem Edwards profile".
  18. "Raheem Edwards profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  19. "Recap: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders". mlssoccer.com. December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  • Profile at Canadian Soccer Association.
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