Tarek Morad

Tarek Morad (born August 21, 1992) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship.

Tarek Morad
Morad playing for Louisville City in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-08-21) August 21, 1992
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Number 4
Youth career
2004–2010 Arsenal FC (California)
2013 Chivas USA
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 San Antonio College Mounties
2011–2013 UC Irvine Anteaters 61 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 OC Blues Strikers 5 (0)
2014 Oklahoma City Energy 13 (0)
2015–2017 Louisville City 72 (4)
2018– Tampa Bay Rowdies 46 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 24, 2019

Early life

Personal

Tarek was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Chino Hills, CA to Egyptian parents and has two older brothers.[1] He attended Chino Hills High School where he would twice win the Sierra League and be named the Sierra League MVP as a Junior.[2]

College and Youth

Morad was to originally play college soccer at UC Riverside as a Midfielder but his scholarship offer was rescinded. Instead he enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College in 2010. While at Mt. San Antonio he led the Mounties to the South Coast Conference Title as well the California Junior College State Championship. He was also named to the All-Conference team.[3]

In 2011 Morad would transfer to UC Irvine where he would be converted to a Defender.[3] He would play in 61 matches and score three goals during his time there. During his Senior year UC Irvine would win the Big West Conference Title and would make it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament; a school record.[4]

In 2013 Morad also play with the Chivas USA U23 team. Chivas would finish the year unbeaten on their way to the Coast Soccer League Championship where Morad would score the final goal of Championship match.[4]

Club career

OKC Energy FC

2014 Season

Morad would go undrafted in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and after a trial with Seattle Sounders FC[4] would sign with United Soccer League expansion side OKC Energy FC on February 27.[5] He would appear in 13 of Oklahoma's 28 regular season matches without scoring a goal.

Louisville City FC

2015 Season

On February 19 Morad would sign with another USL expansion team; Louisville City FC.[6] He would make his debut on March 28 against Saint Louis and appear in 26 of Louisville's 28 regular season matches; scoring 2 goals. He'd also play in two of Louisville's three US Open Cup matches and both of their USL Cup matches.[7]

2016 Season

Morad would play in 20 of Louisville's 30 regular season matches and make his season debut on April 2 against Orlando City B. He scored his lone goal on June 21 against Toronto[8] and would also contribute 2 assists.[7] He played in one of Louisville's US Open Cup matches as well as all three of Louisville's USL Cup matches.

2017 Season

Morad would play in 26 of Louisville's 32 regular season matches and make his season debut on March 25 against Saint Louis. He also played in both of Louisville's US Open Cup matches as well as all four of Louisville's USL Cup matches. He scored his lone goal of the regular season in the final match against Richmond off the rebounded his own missed penalty kick. This goal made him the 17th and final outfield player to score for Louisville during the season; the entire outfield roster.[9] He would also score a brace in the first half of Louisville's opening USL Cup match against Bethlehem.[9] Morad and Louisville would go on to win the USL Cup Final against Swope Park.[10]

Morad would not be resigned by Louisville after the season.[11] He left Louisville as their all-time leader in both league and overall appearances with 75 and 88 appearances respectively.

Tampa Bay Rowdies

2018 Season

On August 8 Morad signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies[12] of the USL and made his Tampa debut on the day. Helping the Rowdies earn a clean sheet against Charleston.[13]

Honors

Club

Louisville City FC

References

  1. Soltan, Mohamed (November 25, 2017). "Tarek Morad: Champion emerging from the shadow". www.egypttoday.com. Cairo, Egypt: Egypt Today. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. "Tarek Morad". www.mlssoccer.com. MLS. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  3. Milby, jeff (February 20, 2015). "Louisville City Update: LCFC Signs Two More, Announces Preseason Slate". www.themaneland.com. The Mane Land. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  4. Meeker, Randy (January 24, 2014). "Trialist: Tarek Morad". www.sounderatheart.com. Sound at Heart. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  5. Brannick, Chris (April 25, 2014). "Oklahoma City Energy FC: Breaking down the 2014 Energy FC roster". newsok.com. Oklahoma City, OK: The Oklahoman. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  6. Lintner, Jonathan (February 19, 2015). "Louisville City FC adds two more to roster". www.courier-journal.com. Louisville, KY: Courier Journal. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  7. "Tarek Morad". www.louisvillecityfc.com. Louisville City FC. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  8. Lerner, Danielle (June 21, 2016). "Abend nets two as LouCity knocks out Toronto". www.courier-journal.com. Louisville, KY: Courier Journal. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  9. Murray, Nicholas (October 21, 2017). "Hard Work Pays Off for Louisville's Morad". www.uslsoccer.com. Louisville, KY: USL. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  10. Murray, Nicholas (November 14, 2017). "Louisville's Late Winner Claims USL Cup Victory". www.uslsoccer.com. Louisville, KY: USL. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  11. "Louisville City FC announces Roser Changes". www.louisvillecityfc.com. Louisville, KY: LCFC. November 17, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  12. "Rowdies Sign 2017 USL Cup Champion Tarek Morad". www.rowdiessoccer.com. St. Petersburg, FL: Tampa Bay Rowdies. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  13. Cardamone, Sarah (August 8, 2018). "Battery Earns Fourth Consecutive Clean Sheet in Draw with Rowdies". www.charlestonbattery.com. Charleston, SC: Charleston Battery. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
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