Alan Gordon (soccer)

Alan Gordon (soccer)

Football player infobox

playername= Alan Gordon
fullname =
nickname = Flash Gordon, Gordo
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1981|10|16
cityofbirth = Long Beach, California
countryofbirth = United States
height = height|ft=6|in=3
currentclub = Los Angeles Galaxy
clubnumber = 21
position = forward
youthyears = 2000–2001
youthclubs = Yavapai College
Oregon State
years = 2004–
clubs = Los Angeles Galaxy
Portland Timbers (loan)
Portland Timbers (loan)
caps(goals) = 062 0(12)
029 0(17)
001 0(0)
nationalyears =
nationalteam =
nationalcaps(goals) =
pcupdate = 4 October 2008
ntupdate =

Alan Gordon (born October 16, 1981 in Long Beach, California) is an American soccer player who currently plays striker for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

Gordon moved to Gilbert, Arizona in his mid-teens, and played two years of college soccer for Yavapai College, where he scored 39 goals in his two seasons, before attending Oregon State University, where he won All Pac-10 honors twice, and scored 11 goals as a junior and 15 as a senior.

Upon graduating, Gordon was drafted 53rd overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Galaxy. He was awarded number 16, but in 2006 changed his number to 21. However, Gordon did not make the team, and signed with the Portland Timbers of the A-League. With the Timbers, Gordon was an instant success, playing 27 games and scoring 17 goals, tying Dante Washington for the league lead, and helped the Timbers finish the regular season with the league's best record. In recognition of his achievement Gordon was named the league's Rookie of the Year, and was a finalist for the MVP Award. After the end of the A-League season, Gordon was loaned back to the Galaxy. During the 2006 season, Gordon saw increased playing time for the Galaxy, scoring 4 goals.

On July 21, 2007 during a friendly with Chelsea F.C., Gordon was pulled for David Beckham's first appearance with the Galaxy in the 78th minute. On April 26, 2008, Gordon scored two goals off the bench in the Galaxy's 5-2 victory over rivals Chivas USA.

ee also

* List of current MLS players

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