Carl Robinson (born 13 October 1976 in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, United Kingdom) is a retired Welsh footballer who is currently an assistant coach for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer. Contents 1 Career 1.1 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1.2 Portsmouth, 1.3 Sunderland, 1.4 Norwich City, 1.5 Toronto FC, 1.6 New York Red Bulls, 1.7 International, , 2 Personal, 3 Career stats, 4 Honours 4.1 Club, 4.2 Individual, , 5 References, 6 External links, Career: Wolverhampton Wanderers: A combative player, Robinson started his career as a trainee with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He made his football league debut whilst on loan to Shrewsbury Town during the 1995-96 season and played in the Auto Windscreen Shield final (Football League Trophy) at Wembley for Shrewsbury Town losing 2-1 to Rotherham United. He made his Wolverhampton Wanderers debut during the 1996-97 season. Portsmouth: After over 180 appearances for Wolves over six seasons, he moved to Portsmouth in July 2002 under the Bosman ruling. He played around 20 games for Portsmouth in their promotion year before loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday (where he scored once against future club Norwich),Walsall (where he scored once against Bradford),Rotherham, Sheffield United and Sunderland. Sunderland: After impressing at Sunderland, he signed a permanent 3-year deal in June 2004. He then went on to collect another championship winners medal as they gained promotion during a season in which he played 42 of 46 matches. Norwich City: After a loan spell with Norwich City, he signed for The Canaries permanently on a 2½-year deal for an undisclosed fee in January 2006. Robinson scored his first goal for Norwich in a 5-1 win against Barnsley on 26 August 2006. He racked up over 50 appearances in 15 months before deciding to leave. Toronto FC: On 31 January 2007, Robinson joined Toronto FC from Norwich after just over a year at Carrow Road, even though he still had 18 months remaining on his current deal. He scored his first MLS goal when he netted Toronto's third in a 4-0 win against FC Dallas on 17 June 2007. He was voted team MVP in his first year and repeated in his second year at the club. He completed his UEFA licenses in preparation for the opportunity to become a coach/manager. Although much sought-after in the English Championship, Robinson has announced that he plans to spend the remainder of his club career in MLS: "Being brought up in English football, this is all I know, but I'm at the next stage of my life now." Although he took a substantial pay cut after moving across the Atlantic, the considerably lower property prices in Canada compared to the United Kingdom allowed him to purchase a country estate near Toronto. New York Red Bulls: In March 2010 he was traded from Toronto FC to the New York Red Bulls for a fourth-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. On 20 March 2010, Robinson started for New York in a 3-1 victory against Santos FC, which was the first match played at the new Red Bull Arena. On 21 August 2010, he scored his first goal for New York Red Bulls in a 4-1 road victory against his old club Toronto FC before his celebration showed the admiration that he held for them. He then continued to play in the 2011 season as a player/coach and speaks highly of the respect he has for Hans Backe. In January 2012, Robinson retired as a player and joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC as an assistant coach. International: A Wales international player, Robinson made his debut against Belarus in 1999, winning the man of the match award. His 50th cap came in the 2-0 World Cup Qualifier victory over Liechtenstein. On 1 April 2009, Robinson announced his retirement from international football at the age of 32 with 52 caps after Wales suffered two consecutive defeats, making it virtually impossible for them to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Personal: Carl married his childhood sweetheart Laura in the summer of 2003. He has a daughter named Lowri Isabella (born in 2002) and a son named Milo Carter (born in 2008). His brother, Lee, is a former Academy Manager at Cardiff City, but now works with a sports agency called Base soccer. Sadly he lost his Father in September 2010 and it was a loss that hit him very hard. Robinson is a big rugby union fan, as well as a big Darts man, and writes a sports column for the County Times, a weekly newspaper sold in his home county of Powys, Wales. He was recently awarded Citizen of the Year in his tome town of Llandrindod Wells, which was a "fantastic honour" for him. He is also a fan of the New Jersey Nets of the NBA and NY Giants (NFL). Career stats: Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total 2001-02 Wolverhampton Wanderers First Division 11 1 0 0 0 0 -- 10 2 2002-03 Walsall 10 2 0 0 -- -- 10 2 Sheffield Wednesday 4 1 0 0 -- -- 4 1 Portsmouth 15 0 0 0 2 0 -- 17 0 2003-04 Premier League 1 0 2 0 -- -- 3 0 2003-04 Rotherham United Championship 14 0 -- 2 0 -- 3 0 Sheffield United 5 0 -- -- -- 5 0 Sunderland 9 1 -- -- -- 9 1 2004-05 40 4 2 0 1 0 -- 43 4 2005-06 Premier League 5 0 0 0 2 0 -- 7 0 2005-06 Norwich City Championship 22 0 0 0 0 0 -- 22 0 2006-07 27 2 2 0 0 0 -- 29 0 Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup North America Total 2007 Toronto MLS 26 2 -- -- -- 26 2 2008 27 1 4 0 -- 31 1 2009 21 0 4 0 2 0 27 0 USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total 2010 New York MLS 11 1 -- 11 1 2011 2 0 -- 2 0 Total England 163 11 6 0 7 0 -- 176 11 Canada 74 3 8 0 -- 2 0 84 3 USA 13 1 -- 13 1 Career total 250 15 14 0 7 0 2 0 273 15 Honours: Club: Shrewsbury Town Football League Trophy Runners-Up 1996, , Portsmouth Football League Championship (1): Winners 2002, , Sunderland Football League Championship (1): Winners 2005, , Toronto FC Canadian Championship (1): 2009, , Individual: Toronto FC Player of the Year: 2007(Co-Winner), 2008

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