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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " ROBERT "ROBBIE" FINDLEY " IS AN AMERICAN SOCCER PLAYER WHO PLAYS AS A FORWARD FOR REAL SALT LAKE IN MAJOR LEAGUE LEAGUE SOCCER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

                                   BLACK                  SOCIAL            HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Robert "Robbie" Findley (born August 4, 1985) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer. He has also been capped by the United States national team, making his international debut in 2007.
Findley played college soccer for the Oregon State Beavers and amateur soccer for the Boulder Rapids Reserve before turning professional in 2007; he played in Major League Soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, before moving to English club Nottingham Forest in January 2011.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Early and personal life
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Findley attended Shadow Mountain High School, graduating in 2003.[1]
Findley is a cousin of basketball players Mike Bibby and Eddie House, and American football wide receiver Shaun McDonald.[1]

Club career

College and amateur

Findley began his career playing college soccer at Oregon State University.[2] Findley spent two seasons with the Boulder Rapids Reserve of the USL Premier Development League.[3]

Major League Soccer

Findley was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft as the sixteenth pick overall.[4]
On June 21, 2007, Findley was traded along with midfielder Nathan Sturgis to Real Salt Lake in exchange for veteran forward Chris Klein.[5] He joined Danish Superliga side Brøndby on trial in January 2009.[6] However, he failed to secure a contract with the club and returned to Salt Lake. In the following season, he had three multi-goal matches, including the first hat trick in franchise history.[7]
In the 2009 MLS Cup Final, Findley scored in the 64th minute, tying the match at 1–1; Salt Lake later emerged victorious in penalty kicks, claiming the MLS Cup in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the MLS Cup final.[8]
Findley's contract with Real Salt Lake expired at the end of the 2010 MLS season, and he announced his intentions to leave MLS and move to Europe.[9] Despite this statement of intent, Findley was selected by Portland Timbers in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, enabling Portland to retain his MLS rights should he ever choose to return to the league.[10]

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After a short trial with English club Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-December 2010, Findley was signed as a free agent by English Championship club Nottingham Forest on December 23, 2010, subject to receiving a work permit. His work permit was approved at a F.A. hearing in London on January 15, 2011.[11] Findley incurred a thigh injury in training shortly after joining Forest and became unavailable until Spring 2011.[12] After several months on the sidelines, Findley finally made his debut for Forest on April 22, 2011, coming on as a substitute in a 3–2 victory over East Midlands rivals Leicester City.[13]
Findley made his full competitive debut for Forest on August 8, 2011 in a home fixture against Notts County in the first round of the 2011–12 Football League Cup. Findley scored Forest's second goal - his first goal for the club - after having an earlier effort ruled out for offside. He also converted his penalty in the match's penalty shoot-out, which Forest won.[14] Forest manager Steve McClaren said: "He can have a big impact in the Championship. He is as fast as lightning. He is quick, he covers a lot of ground, he works for the team, he defends when he has to and, most importantly, he can get a goal".[15] After struggling for first-team opportunities in 2012, Findley was loaned to League Two clubGillingham on September 21, 2012 for an initial period of one month.[16] He made his debut for Gillingham in a 2-0 away win at Port Vale, and supplied the cross for the first goal.[17] Vale manager Micky Adams stated that "the pace of Findley scared the life out of" his team.[18] After seven appearances for the Gills, Findley returned to Forest.[19]
On January 14, 2013 Nottingham Forest announced that Findley's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.[20]

Return to Real Salt Lake

Following his release from Forest, Real Salt Lake acquired Findley's MLS rights from Portland in exchange for allocation money and re-signed him on January 16, 2013.[21]

International career

Findley made his international debut for the United States national team in October 2007[1][22] and made three appearances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[23]

Career statistics

As of 23 October 2012[1][22][24]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Boulder Rapids Reserve200591092
20068585
Total17151715
Los Angeles Galaxy2007920092
Total920092
Real Salt Lake200716600166
200829630326
20092712433115
201024521266
Total96299410733
Nottingham Forest2010–112000000020
2011–12233103300276
2012–130000000000
Total253103300296
Gillingham (loan)2012–137000000070
Total7000000070
Career total1544710339416956