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Full name  Robert James Allen
Name  R. Allen
Playing position  Defender
Role  Soccer Player

Number  27
Height  1.83 m
2008–2011  Monmouth Hawks
Weight  79 kg
R. J. Allen RJ Allen International Sports Images

Date of birth  (1990-04-17) April 17, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth  Old Bridge, New Jersey, United States
Current team  New York City FC (#27 / Defender)
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Robert James "R. J." Allen (born April 17, 1990) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays as a defender for New York City FC in Major League Soccer. Allen is the older brother of soccer player Brandon Allen.

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High school

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Allen attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, between 2004 and 2008 where he played soccer all four years.

College and amateur

R. J. Allen New York City FC Signs Defender RJ Allen

Allen played four years of college soccer at Monmouth University between 2008 and 2011.

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While at college, Allen appeared for USL PDL side Central Jersey Spartans in 2010 and 2011.

Professional

On January 17, 2012, Allen was selected 5th overall in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA. Allen didn't sign with Chivas USA, instead later signing with Danish side Skive IK in February 2013.

Allen returned to the United States and had trials with D.C United, Orlando City, New York Red Bulls, and the New York Cosmos ahead of the 2015 MLS season. During this time, Allen was contacted by New York City FC to train with David Villa before the beginning of the season, which he did with future Red Bull Mike Grella. Allen was not offered a professional contract prior to the 2015 season, taking a job as a youth soccer coach on Staten Island instead.

New York City FC

2015 Season

After a slow start to their inaugural season, New York City FC offered Allen a contract on May 2, 2015. Allen made his NYCFC debut the following day as a substitute in a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Allen got his first start the following week in the first Hudson River Derby against the New York Red Bulls, during which he assisted Patrick Mullins on the team's only goal in a 2-1 loss. Allen made 13 starts in 14 appearances during the 2015 season, drifting in and out of favor under manager Jason Kries, who was fired on 2 November 2015 after a disappointing season.

2016 Season

Under new manager Patrick Viera, Allen solidified himself as the first choice right or left back.

On 27 April 2016, Allen scored his first MLS goal in a 1-1 tie against the Montreal Impact. During a match on 15 May 2016 against the Portland Timbers, Allen set up the first goal by playing a 50-yard through ball to striker David Villa. This pass by Allen has been called the one of the 'greatest assists in NYCFC history' by some reporters. Allen recorded his second assist of the season on 29 May against Orlando City, in a performance that would earn him MLS team of the week honors.

RJ finished the season with 6 assists. This was the joint highest total in the league for a defender.

Career statistics

As of 7 June 2017

Honors

New York City:

MLS Team of the Week:

  • 2015: Week 30
  • 2016: Week 13
  • FIFA Team of the Week:

  • FIFA 2016: Week 42
  • NYCFC Player of the Month:

  • 2016: May
  • Endorsements

    In 2017, Allen became an ambassador for Concave football boot, and always plays with the Concave Aura+ cleats.

    References

    R. J. Allen Wikipedia


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