Nana Attakora - Player Profile
|Full Name:||Nana Attakora-Gyan|
|Born:||March 27th, 1989 (North York, Ontario, Canada)|
|Left Club:||July 14th, 2011|
|Career Stats:||68 appearances, 4 goals|
|Debut (as sub):||May 31st, 2008 - Toronto FC 2 - 0 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS - )|
|Full Debut:||August 9th, 2008 - Colorado Rapids 0 - 1 Toronto FC (MLS - )|
|First Goal:||September 12th, 2009 - Toronto FC 3 - 2 Colorado Rapids (MLS - )|
|Also Played For:||D.C. United, Ottawa Fury FC, San Jose Earthquakes|
Nana trained with Everton of the English Premier League during the summer of 2007, prior to signing for Toronto FC. He played in five MLS Reserve Division games in his debut season, but suffered from a groin injury for the last part of the season, preventing him from making his first team debut until August 9, 2008, when he played against Colorado Rapids.
Attakora scored his first career goal vs. Colorado Rapids on September 12, 2009. During his debut game, it was announced by the commentators that he had dropped the 'Gyan' from his name, and would like to be referred to as solely Nana Attakora.
Attakora went on to have a very successful campaign with Toronto FC in 2009, working his way into the starting eleven. With the addition of fellow Canadian International Adrian Cann in the 2010 season the defensive partnership has become one of the strongest in the league. As his contract approached expiry at the end of the 2011 season, it was heavily rumoured that he was looking to move to Europe with his newfound success after he turned down a contract that the Canadian club had offered in November. He later assured the fans that he had no plans on leaving Toronto and that he was waiting for increased stability with the coaching staff.
In July 2011, Attakora was traded to San Jose Earthquakes in a multi-player deal. At season's end, Attakora was out of contract and exploring options abroad, after trials in Scotland and Germany he received a contract offer from FC Union Berlin, Attakora decided he wanted to remain in Major League Soccer.
On August 30, 2012, it was announced that Attakora had signed with Haka of Finland's Veikkausliiga. After Haka was relegated at the end of the season, Attakora returned to Major League Soccer and signed with San Jose Earthquakes on February 22, 2013. Attakora made his first return appearance on March 23 with a stand out 90 minute performance in a 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC .
Attakora was not re-signed by San Jose and entered the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft in December 2013. He was selected by D.C. United and signed with the club in January 2014. He failed to make a regular season appearance and was mainly reduced to cup matches and CONCACAF Champions League appearances.
Attakora joined NASL club San Antonio Scorpions on February 25, 2015.He made his debut for San Antonio on April 4 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Attakora joined NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers on December 29, 2015.
- Position: Defender
- Came to TFC: 2007
- Came from: Unattached
- Left TFC: 14 July 2011 (trade)
- Went to: San Jose Earthquakes
Nana went to San Jose along with Alan Gordon and Jacob Petersen in exchange for Ryan Johnson, Allocation money and an International roster spot
- Shirt #29 in 2007 & 2008 seasons, Shirt #3 from Season 2009 onwards
- Attakora's full name is Nana Attakora-Gyan but he dropped the Gyan part of it prior to his MLS debut in August 2008.
|Sep 12th, 2009||MLS||(H)||vs. Colorado Rapids||3 - 2||(74')|
|Oct 10th, 2009||MLS||(H)||vs. San Jose Earthquakes||1 - 1||(47')|
|Aug 7th, 2010||MLS||(H)||vs. Chivas USA||2 - 1||(20')|
|Oct 19th, 2010||CONCACAF Cup||(H)||vs. Arabe Unido||1 - 0||(30')|