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Mohammad Mashriqi

Mohammad Mashriqi
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Yusef Mashriqi
Date of birth (1987-07-07) July 7, 1987
Place of birth Flushing, New York
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bhawanipore F.C.
Youth career
1995–1996 Blau Weiss Gottschee
2005–2008 Long Island Blackbirds
2008- New York Red Bulls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006-2007 Bakersfield Brigade 5 (0)
2009 Brooklyn Knights 7 (1)
2013- Bhawanipore F.C.
National team
2010– Afghanistan 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 07, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 07, 2014

Mohammad Yusef Mashriqi (born 7 July 1987) is an Afghan footballer who played for New York Red Bulls reserve team and currently is playing for the Afghanistan national football team. In 2013 he has joined Indian club Bhawanipore F.C.

Early life

Mashriqi's soccer lineage started with his father, Tahir, a former member of the Afghanistan national team. When communists took control of his country during the 10-year Afghanistan War, soccer took a back seat to survival for Tahir and his wife, Safora, and their son Sabir and daughter, Sabira, who were 5 and 3 at the time. Tahir took his family and fled to Pakistan. They reached the U.S. Embassy, and in 1985 they were safely in the United States.[1] After settling in the Flushing, New York area, Mohammad was born two years later, in 1987.

Career

Youth and college

Mashriqi attended Flushing High School and from the age of nine played for the famed Blau Weiss Gottschee club in New York, winning four State Cup championships. He was a member of his regional ODP from 2001 to 2005, and played for the Brooklyn Knights in the USL Super-Y League, helping them reach the national semifinals. He played four years of college soccer at Long Island University[2]

During his college years, Mashriqi also played in the USL Premier Development League for Bakersfield Brigade in 2006 [3] and 2007,[4] and with the Brooklyn Knights in 2009[5]

Mashriqi trained with the Under-17 squad of prestigious club Paris Saint-Germain,[6] and with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer during their 2008 pre-season.Mashriqi is currently a part of the reserve squad for New York Red Bulls which plays in the MLS Reserve Division, while simultaneously playing for New York-area amateur team Brishna F.C..

International

Mashriqi was a member of the U.S. Under-14 National Team, but switched his international allegiance to his father's country, Afghanistan in 2010.

He played in both of Afghanistan's qualifying games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Palestine[7][8] in July 2011, and scored his first international goal for Afghanistan in its 8-1 victory over Bhutan in the quarter finals of the 2011 SAFF Championship on December 7, 2011.[9]

References

  1. ^ http://www.fiveborosports.com/ssp/news?news_id=1374
  2. ^ http://www.liuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=406&path=msoc
  3. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2006/roster/2466031.html
  4. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2007/roster/2466031.html
  5. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2009/22302.html#STATS
  6. ^ http://www.fiveborosports.com/ssp/news?news_id=1374
  7. ^ 2014 FIFA World Cup: Palestine-Afghanistan
  8. ^ 2014 FIFA World Cup: Afghanistan-Palestine
  9. ^ Breaking his duck: Mashriqi scores 1st international goal in Afghanistan's 8-1 Cup win

External links

  • Long Island University bio
  • Mohammad Mashriqi at National-Football-Teams.com
  • bigapplesoccer.com
  • infosportinc.com
  • brishnafc.com
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