Yann Ekra

Yann Ekra (born 10 December 1990) is a French-Ivorian footballer who plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies as a forward and a winger.

Yann Ekra
Personal information
Full name Yann Ekra
Date of birth (1990-10-12) 12 October 1990
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Playing position Striker / Second striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Youth career
2001–2007 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Lyon B 2 (1)
2008–2010 Hull City 0 (0)
2009Panionios (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2012 Châteauroux 0 (0)
2012–2013 Harrisburg City Islanders 45 (10)
2013 Philadelphia Union 0 (0)
2014–2015 Harrisburg City Islanders 54 (3)
2016–2018 Charlotte Independence 69 (3)
2019– Tampa Bay Rowdies 16 (0)
National team
France U15
France U16
France U17
France U18
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:35, 24 October 2019 (UTC)



Ekra began his youth career with Lyon in 2002.[1] His roommate for several years was Karim Benzema.[2] Ekra played two games for Lyon's reserve team in the 2007-2008 season - playing 2 games and scoring 1 goal.[3]

Hull City

He signed with Hull City at the beginning of the 2008–09 Premier League season.[4] In the 2009-10 season, he played 7 games for the reserve team, but did not score. On 29 May 2010, Ekra was released by Hull.[5]


To further his career, the young striker, who also holds a French passport, joined Greek side Panionios on loan in the January transfer window until the end of the season.[6][7][8] He played on the team's U21 team. He did not play any first team games[9] although he made the gameday roster in the 26 April 2009 Greek Super League game in which Panionios beat Asteras Tripoli 4-3.[10]

Berrichonne de Châteauroux

For the 2010 - 2011 and 2011 - 2012 seasons, Ekra played in France on the reserve team of Berrichonne de Châteauroux.[11]

Harrisburg City Islanders

While visiting his in-laws in Washington D.C. in the Spring of 2012, Ekra attended an open tryout with Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro.[12] Following a strong performance in preseason scrimmages in which Ekra scored three goals in three games,[13] he signed with the team. He made his debut on 4 May 2012 in 2–1 loss to the Charlotte Eagles.[14] In his first start on 19 May 2012 against Dayton Dutch Lions, Ekra scored a hat trick on his first three shots.[12] In the 2012 regular season, he played 21 regular season games - scoring 6 goals and assisting on 1 goal. He also played 3 U.S. Open Cup games - scoring 1 goal and assisting on 3 goals. He also played in one playoff game. In the 2013 regular season, he played 24 regular season games - scoring 4 goals and assisting on 3 goals. He also played in one playoff game and one U.S. Open Cup game.

After the 2012 season, Ekra trialed with D.C. United of Major League Soccer.[15]

Harrisburg Heat (Indoor)

In 2012 - 2013, Ekra played his first season of indoor soccer with the Harrisburg Heat of the Professional Arena Soccer League.[16] He made his debut on 3 November 2012 in a 6-2 loss to the Dallas Sidekicks. His most productive performance was a 2-goal, 3 assist performance in a 10-8 loss against the Chicago Mustangs.[17] He finished the season playing 11 games, scoring 7 goals and assisting on 8 goals.[18]

Philadelphia Union

On 13 September 2013, Ekra signed with Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.[19][20] In 2012, Ekra had been productive against Philadelphia - scoring a goal in a 12 June 2012 friendly in which Harrisburg City Islanders won,[21] getting 2 assists in a 26 June 2012 U.S. Open Cup 5-2 loss to the Union[22] as well as playing as a guest player and assisting on the only goal in a D.C. United 1-0 reserve league win over the Union on 12 October 2012.[23] He did not appear for the club and was released at the end of the 2013 season.

Harrisburg City Islanders, redux

In March 2014, Ekra returned to Harrisburg City Islanders.[24]

Charlotte Independence

Ekra signed with Charlotte Independence of United Soccer League in December 2015.[25]

Tampa Bay Rowdies

On December 7, 2018, Ekra moved to USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies ahead of their 2019 season.[26]

International career

Ekra played on national youth teams for France at the U15, U16, U17 and U18 levels.[27] He played on the U17 team that won the Disney Soccer Showcase in 2005.[28][29][30]


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  17. http://pasl_site.stats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=2046453
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  25. http://www.charlotteindependence.com/midfielder-yann-ekra-signs-with-independence-for-2016-season/
  26. https://www.uslchampionship.com/news_article/show/975080
  27. http://blog.pennlive.com/upper90/2012/05/upper_90_qa_with_forward_yann.html
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