Keon Daniel
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Personal information
Full name Keon Kelly Daniel
Date of birth (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 35)
Place of birth Lambeau, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 United Petrotrin
2008–2010 Caledonia AIA
2010 Puerto Rico Islanders 16 (2)
2011–2014 Philadelphia Union 64 (2)
2014–2017 Miedź Legnica 56 (2)
2014–2015Flota Świnoujście (loan) 7 (0)
2018–2020 GKS Tychy 63 (1)
National team
2007–2013 Trinidad and Tobago 58 (14)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 4 June 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 4 June 2022

Keon Kelly Daniel (born 16 January 1987 in Lambeau) is a Trinidadian professional footballer who most recently played for Polish side GKS Tychy.

Career

Club

Daniel attended Signal Hill Secondary School in his native Tobago, and later attended the St Clair Coaching School. After a two-week trial with Manchester United in 2005 Daniel turned professional when he signed with United Petrotrin of the TT Pro League in 2006.

After another trial in England in August 2008, this time with West Ham United,[1] Daniel joined league rivals Caledonia AIA in 2009.[2]

In May 2010 Daniel transferred to the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USSF D2 Pro League.[3] He made his debut for the Islanders on 26 June 2010 as a substitute in a 3–0 loss to the Rochester Rhinos.[4]

Prior to the 2011 Major League Soccer season, Daniel trialed with the Philadelphia Union.[5] Following the successful trial, Daniel signed with the Union on 18 March 2011.[6] In Week 7 of the season, Daniel was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his performance against the San Jose Earthquakes.[7] His first goal for Philadelphia was scored on 11 June 2011 in an MLS game against Real Salt Lake.[8]

After temporarily leaving Philadelphia to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team in September 2011, Daniel was forced to remain in Trinidad and Tobago due to an expired visa until February 2012. This incident spawned the "Free Keon" meme used amongst Philadelphia Union fans at live matches and online social networking groups.

Miedź Legnica

It was announce that Keon Daniel would join Miedź Legnica in the I liga (Poland) from Philadelphia Union in 2014.

International

Daniel made his debut for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team in 2007. He scored his first senior international goal against Guyana in January 2008 and his second against El Salvador in March 2008, both from free kicks. He was also part of the Trinidad & Tobago squads which competed in the Caribbean Cup in 2008, 2010, and 2012. He was also part of the squads for the multiple CONCACAF Gold Cups, as well as 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. In total, Daniel has made 57 international appearances and scored 14 goals.[9]

International goals

Scores and results list Trinidad and Tobago's goal tally first.[10][11]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 January 2008 Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago  Guyana 1–1 2–1 Friendly
2 19 March 2008 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3 8 July 2008 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago  Guyana 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 20 August 2008 Estadio Pedro Marrero, Havana, Cuba  Cuba 1–0 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 2–0
6 6 September 2008 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Guatemala 1–0 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 7 November 2008 Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–0 3–1 2008 Caribbean Championship qualification
8 19 November 2008 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Cuba 3–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 6 September 2011 Barbados National Stadium, Saint Michael, Barbados  Barbados 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 10 October 2012 Warner Park Sporting Complex, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis  French Guiana 3–1 4–1 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification
11 14 October 2012 Warner Park Sporting Complex, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis  Anguilla 2–0 10–0 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification
12 5–0
13 7–0
14 8 July 2013 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, USA  El Salvador 1–0 2–2 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Last updated 8 July 2013[12]

Career statistics

Club

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Puerto Rico League Torneo de Copa de Puerto Rico League Cup North America Total
2010 Puerto Rico Islanders USSF Division 2 16 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 21 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2011 Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 18 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
2012 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
2013 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total Puerto Rico 16 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 21 2
USA 57 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 61 2
Career total 73 4 4 0 2 0 3 0 82 4

Updated 3 August 2013

International

National team Year Apps Goals
Trinidad and Tobago
2008 28 8
2009 9 0
2010 9 0
2011 5 1
2012 4 4
2013 2 1
Total 57 14

Statistics accurate as of 9 July 2013

Personal

Daniel's nickname is "Schillaci", after the famous Italian striker Salvatore Schillaci.[13]

Honors

Puerto Rico Islanders

References

  1. ^ "West Ham trial for Daniel". www.socawarriors.net. Archived from the original on 20 October 2008.
  2. ^ Keon Daniel at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ "Soca Warriors' Keon Daniel completes Islanders switch - Trinidad Guardian".
  4. ^ "USSF Division-2 Pro League". ussf.demosphere.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Unknown No More: Sixth Philadelphia Union Trialist Identified as Former PDL MVP Aaron Wheeler". 28 January 2011.
  6. ^ Union Sign
  7. ^ "Williams, Daniel, Valdés Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week | Philadelphia Union". Archived from the original on 4 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Real Salt Lake at Philadelphia Union - match thoughts from the 1-1 draw". 11 June 2011.
  9. ^ "MATCHES PLAYED BY KEON DANIEL". socawarriors.net. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago Results". Caribbean Football Database. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  11. ^ Keon Kelly Daniel - International Appearances
  12. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago - K. Daniel - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway".
  13. ^ Keon “Schillaci” Daniel enters new League