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PLAYER PROFILE: Dre Fortune #8




Andre Fortune II
Personal information
Date of birth (1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 26)
Place of birth Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nõmme Kalju
Youth career
2012–2014 CASL Chelsea Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Servette FC 0 (0)
2016 Rochester Rhinos 9 (0)
2017–2020 North Carolina FC 71 (16)
2021 Memphis 901 27 (2)
2022– Nõmme Kalju 5 (0)
National team
2011 United States U15
2013 Trinidad and Tobago U17 6 (3)
2019 Trinidad and Tobago U20 2 (2)
2019– Trinidad and Tobago 9 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 February 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 8 February 2022

Andre "Dre" Fortune II (born 3 July 1996) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Nõmme Kalju. Born in the United States, he plays for the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Career

In 2011, Fortune spent time training with top clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, Manchester City and Tottenham.[1][2] Fortune also trialled in his native United States with New York Red Bulls in June 2015,[3] but elected not to sign with the club. He signed his first professional contract in the US with United Soccer League side Rochester Rhinos.[4]

In 2017, Fortune signed with North Carolina FC, becoming the first product of the team's development academy to sign a professional contract with the team.[5]

Fortune served as an assistant coach for the North Carolina FC U23 squad during the 2018 PDL season.[6]

He was named USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 14 of the 2019 season after scoring two goals in a 3–1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies.[7] He earned the honor again in Week 24 after scoring two goals and an assist in a 5–0 win over Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.[8]

In 2020, Fortune led North Carolina FC in scoring and was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player for the season.[9]

On 11 May 2021, Fortune moved to USL Championship side Memphis 901.[10]

International career

Fortune was born in the United States, but opted to represent Trinidad & Tobago at the Under-17s and Under-20s level, for whom he qualifies via his parents.[2]

In September 2019, he was called to the national team for its CONCACAF Nations League matches against Martinique.[11] He remained on the bench for both games, which both ended in draws.[12]

He made his debut on 14 October 2019 in a friendly against Venezuela [13] and earned his first start in a friendly against Ecuador on 15 November 2019.[14]

Personal

Fortune's brother, Ajani, plays for Atlanta United 2 of the USL Championship.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Reference at www.newsobserver.com".
  2. ^ a b Mohammed, Inshan. "Fortune favors Andre". Soca Warriors Online – Trinidad and Tobago Football.
  3. ^ "Empire of Soccer – Compare.bet® News". Compare.bet®.
  4. ^ "SportsEngine". user.sportngin.com.
  5. ^ "North Carolina FC Adds Depth to Roster with Lance Laing and Dre Fortune Signings". North Carolina FC. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  6. ^ "NCFC U-23 ANNOUNCES 2018 ROSTER". NorthCarolinaFC.com. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  7. ^ "North Carolina FC's Dre Fortune Voted USL Championship Player of the Week". North Carolina FC. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  8. ^ "North Carolina FC Midfielder Dre Fortune Named USL Championship Player of the Week". North Carolina FC. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  9. ^ Birkedal, Morgan (7 October 2020). "North Carolina FC's Youth to Pro Pipeline Comes to Light as Dre Fortune Highlights 2020 NCFC Team Awards as Most Valuable Player". North Carolina FC. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  10. ^ USLChampionship com Staff (11 May 2021). "Memphis adds Trinidad and Tobago International Dre Fortune". USL Championship.
  11. ^ "North Carolina FC Trio Set for International Duty with Respective National Teams". North Carolina FC. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  12. ^ "International Recap: Four from North Carolina FC Star with National Teams". North Carolina FC. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Venezuela v Trinidad and Tobago game report". ESPN. 14 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Ecuador v Trinidad and Tobago game report". ESPN. 15 November 2019.
  15. ^ https🖉"More 'Fortunes' for TT football". www.guardian.co.tt.

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