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PLAYER PROFILE: Oalex Anderson




Oalex Anderson
Personal information
Full name Oalex Anderson[1]
Date of birth (1995-11-11) 11 November 1995 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Barrouallie, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[3][4]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Centre forward
Club information
Current team
North Carolina FC
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 System 3 FC
2014–2015Grenades FC (loan) 18 (12)
2015 Seattle Sounders FC 2 16 (4)
2016 Seattle Sounders FC 15 (0)
2016Seattle Sounders FC 2 (loan) 2 (1)
2019–2020 System 3 FC
2020–2021 Richmond Kickers 30 (5)
2022– North Carolina FC 0 (0)
National team
2014– Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 32 (15)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18 January 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:49, 6 June 2022 (UTC)

Oalex Anderson (born 11 November 1995 in Barrouallie) is a Vincentian professional footballer who plays for North Carolina FC in USL League One and the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national team. Anderson is known by the nickname "Bounty" for his prolific goal scoring.[5]

Club career

Anderson has played for System 3 FC of the NLA Premier League, the top tier of football in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.[6] Anderson was the league's top scorer for the 2013/2014 season.[7] In September 2014, System 3 loaned Anderson to Grenades FC of the Antigua and Barbuda Premier Division, along with national teammate Kevin Francis, on 6-month deals.[8] Only days later, Anderson scored his first goal for the club on 27 September 2014 in a 6–3 league victory over Old Road FC on his league debut.[9] During his time with the club, Anderson appeared in 18 matches, finishing second in the league with 12 goals.[10]

Anderson joined USL club Seattle Sounders FC 2, of which fellow Vincentian Ezra Hendrickson was coach, in March 2015.[10] He made his debut for the club on 11 April 2015, in a 2–1 victory over Portland Timbers 2 as an 82nd-minute substitute for Aaron Kovar.[11] The score was tied 1–1 as he made his entrance but minutes later, he was taken down in the box for a penalty which Pablo Rossi converted to give S2 the victory.[12] Anderson scored his first goal for the club on 15 May 2015, the game-winner of a 3–1 victory over Oklahoma City Energy.[13] On 12 July 2015, Anderson scored his first brace for the club before being carted off with an injury in the 30th minute as Sounders 2 beat Arizona United, 4–0.[14] Anderson's 2nd-minute first goal was, at that point, the fastest goal in club history. For his efforts, Anderson was named to the USL's Team of the Week.[15]

On 4 December 2015, it was announced that Anderson would return to S2 for the 2016 USL season, along with international teammate Myron Samuel.[16] It was announced on 1 March 2016 that Anderson had been signed by the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.[17] That year the club won its first MLS Cup.[18] Following the 2016 season, it was announced that the club would not extend Anderson's contract.[19]

After a four year gaps because of a serious injury, Anderson signed with the Richmond Kickers on August 31, 2020.[20]

Anderson signed with North Carolina FC on 18 January 2022.[21]

International career

Anderson made his international debut on 2 February 2014 in a friendly against Dominica. After a strong start to his international career, Anderson was named to the squad for the 2014 Windward Islands Tournament and 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification. Anderson went on to score two goals during the Windwards Islands Tournament and five during Caribbean Cup qualification before SVG were eliminated, making him ranked among the top goal scorers during qualification.[4]

In May 2015, Anderson was called up for two Under-23 matches against Dominica in 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship qualification and two matches with the senior squad against Guyana as part of its opening round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[3] Anderson scored a goal and was named team captain for the opening U23 match as SVG won 2–0.[22] Anderson scored again in the second fixture, a 3–0 victory, sending SVG to the next round of qualification.[23] Anderson was called up to the U23 squad again in August 2015 for matches against Haiti in the final round of qualification.[24]

Honours

References

  1. ^ "St. Vincent and the Grenadines - O. Anderson - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway".
  2. ^ FIFA.com
  3. ^ a b "S2's Anderson Called Up For National Team Duty". USL. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "CFD Profile". Caribbean Football Database. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Vincentian footballers to play in Antigua Premier League". I-Witness News SVG. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  6. ^ "St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation National Club Championship Results". NBC SVG. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Anderson Harvesting Another Goal Scoring Bounty". searchlight.vc. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  8. ^ Sardine, Ian. "Jennings Loan". Ian Sardine; Facebook. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Grenades F.C vs LIME Old Road F.C". ABFA. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  10. ^ a b c Horne, Kenville. "Oalex Anderson Off To Seattle Sounders". The Vincentian. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Undefeated S2 rolls on with last-minute victory over Cascadia rivals". SoundersFC.com. Sounders FC Public Relations. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  12. ^ Griffith, Branden. "Oalex Anderson making most of opportunity in starting lineup". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  13. ^ "S2 Rallies Past OKC, Remains Perfect at Starfire". USL. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  14. ^ "S2 Returns to Top of West, Blanks Arizona". USL. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Team of the Week". Seattle Sounders FC 2. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  16. ^ "S2 Announce Return of Anderson, Samuel". USL. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Sounders FC signs forward Oalex Anderson". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Seattle Sounders win first MLS Cup in franchise history in dramatic penalty kick shootout over Toronto FC". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Sounders FC exercises options on eight players". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  20. ^ Wood, Patrick. "Kickersd Add Oalex Anderson". Richmond Kickers. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  21. ^ "OALEX ANDERSON JOINS 2022 NORTH CAROLINA FC ROSTER". NorthCarolinaFC.com. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  22. ^ "2–0 U23 Victory". SVGFF. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  23. ^ "St Vincent and the Grenadines defeats Dominica and advances to Group 4". Caribbean Football Union. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Damion Lowe and Oalex Anderson called into U-23 camps for Olympic Qualifiers". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  25. ^ "Anderson, Oalex". National-Football-Teams. Retrieved 27 February 2016.

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