Ray Gaddis

Raymon "Ray" Gaddis (born January 13, 1990 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

Ray Gaddis
Gaddis playing for the Philadelphia Union
Personal information
Full name Raymon Gaddis
Date of birth (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990
Place of birth Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 28
Youth career
2008–2011 West Virginia Mountaineers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Reading United 9 (1)
2012– Philadelphia Union 206 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 11, 2019

Career

College

Gaddis grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, attended North Central High School, and played college soccer at West Virginia from 2009–2011. Gaddis received second team all-Big East honors in his junior and senior seasons respectively. Gaddis was also one of two players to play every minute during the 2010 campaign. Gaddis ended his college career with 6 assists in 73 career games. Gaddis also played for Philadelphia Union PDL affiliate Reading United in 2010 and 2011. During his tenure at Reading, he scored a goal and registered 8 assists.

Professional

Gaddis made his MLS Debut on April 14 against the Columbus Crew when Danny Califf was a late scratch. Gaddis played in 18 games starting in 17, logging 1475 minutes. On June 23, he recorded his first MLS assist in the Union’s 4–0 win over Sporting Kansas City.[1]

Gaddis was drafted in the second round (35th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union.[2] After filling in at multiple times throughout the 2012 season, Gaddis was named to the Soccer By Ives 2012 MLS All-Rookie Best XI.[3]

Gaddis won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Male Athlete of the Year.[4]

In 2014, Gaddis saw considerable playing time on the field, missing only 9 minutes of the team's first 27 games. On September 10 the Philadelphia Union announced they had signed Gaddis to a contract extension through the 2016 season[5] 16 days later, the team specific FIFA 15 MLS covers were released, and it was reveal Gaddis was chosen as the cover man to represent the Union.[6]

In August 2018, Gaddis became the Union's all time leader in minutes played after a home win against New England Revolution.[7]

Career statistics

Club

As of October 28, 2018
Club performance League Playoffs Domestic Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
2012Philadelphia UnionMajor League Soccer180002000200
2013310002000330
2014340002000360
2015280005000330
20167000200090
2017260001000270
2018280004000320
Total USA 172000180001900
Career total 172000180001900

Personal

Gaddis is active in giving back to the community. On January 7, 2013, Gaddis represented the Philadelphia Union in Newtown, Connecticut for the "Soccer for Newtown" event. In March 2013, Gaddis and fellow Union members participated in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.[8]

References

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