Robert Baggio Kcira

Robert Baggio Kcira (born January 9, 1994) is an American soccer player, of Albanian descent, who plays as either an attacking midfielder or as a forward for Miami FC in the National Premier Soccer League; he is also capable of playing as a left-back.[1][2]

Robert Baggio Kcira
Personal information
Full name Robert Baggio Kcira
Date of birth (1994-01-09) January 9, 1994
Place of birth New York City, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Miami FC
Number 14
Youth career
New York Red Bulls Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Wiener Neustadt 0 (0)
2012–2015 Wiener Neustadt II 25 (13)
2016–2017 Miami FC 14 (2)
2019– Miami FC 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

Career

Youth career

Robert Baggio Kcira began his youth career playing in New York for Clarkstown FC's youth squad where he still holds multiple records for scoring and assists. Kcira was selected to play for the NY State Olympic Development Program[3] (ODP). While playing for ODP, Baggio was invited to play for the U.S. Regional 1 team and then soon selected for the U.S. National Pool. From there, he joined the New York Red Bulls Academy team where he played tournaments in Barcelona, Texas, and other major venues around the globe.[4]

SC Wiener Neustadt

Bypassing college to play soccer professionally, Baggio signed with SC Wiener Neustadt,[5] a member of the Austrian Football Bundesliga, in 2012. It was during the 2014–2015 season where Baggio shined brightest, leading the reserve team in both goals and assists, while helping them place second in the fifth tier. He was then selected to the Starting XI of the league, an honor reserved for the most premiere players at each position.[6]

Miami FC

In January 2016, Kcira signed professionally for North American Soccer League side Miami FC,[7] where he was assigned the number 14 shirt.[4] Miami FC is coached by former Italian World Cup winning defender Alessandro Nesta.[4]

Personal life

Born in New York, Kcira is of Albanian origin on his father's side. He was named after his father Frank's sporting idol, Italian former footballer Roberto Baggio.[4][8]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 15 June 2017[9]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Miami 2016 NASL 3000---30
2017 11220--00132
Total 14220----00162
Career total 14220----00162

References

  1. Kcira, Baggio (January 31, 2016). "Miami FC Roster". Miami FC Roster. Miami FC.
  2. Davide Palliggiano (May 25, 2017). "Roma, Totti a Miami? Lo aspettano Nesta e Baggio" (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  3. "Olympic Development Program | US Youth Soccer". US Youth Soccer. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  4. Matteo Politanò (February 23, 2017). "Il Miami FC di Nesta ha un nuovo fantasista: Roby Baggio (Kcira)" (in Italian). Panorama. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  5. "SC Wiener Neustadt". www.scwn.at. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  6. "Miami FC Adds Youthful Attacking Duo". NASL. January 21, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  7. "MIAMI FC INKS AMBITIOUS NEW YORK DUO". www.miamifc.com. Miami FC. January 21, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  8. "NASL, il Miami FC di Nesta scommette su Robert Baggio" (in Italian). Eurosport. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  9. "R.Kcira". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved July 20, 2017.


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