Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Juan Pablo Angel

Juan Pablo Ángel Arango (born October 24, 1975 in Medellín) is a Colombian footballer. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.

Ángel started playing professional football at Atlético Nacional in his home city of Medellín. Ángel began to make a name for himself when he scored the winning goal against local rival Independiente Medellín to help Nacional capture the 1994 Colombian title. During his time with his hometown club Ángel would appear in 147 league matches scoring 45 goals.

Ángel became Aston Villa's record signing at £9.5 million on 12 January 2001. In his time at Villa, he was reportedly Villa's highest earner. After an indifferent start to his Aston Villa career, and family difficulties, Ángel settled down and started to produce the form that persuaded Doug Ellis to shell out the massive transfer fee. He quickly became a fans favourite and is the most recent Villa player to have scored more than 20 goals in one season, finishing as the club's top scorer in the 2003-04 season with 16 goals in the FA Premier League,(23 goals including cup competitions) but could not maintain that form as Villa struggled and he only managed seven goals in 2004-05.

On 17 April 2007, the New York Red Bulls proclaimed the signing of Ángel as their second designated player, pending the approval of his work visa. After his visa was approved, Ángel made his Red Bull debut 8 May 2007 in a U.S. Open Cup qualifying match. Ángel came on as a substitute and scored a beautiful, curving free kick in extra time during the Red Bulls' 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Juan Pablo Angel's season of 2010 was greatly improved. He started off slow but slowly progressed during the first half of the season and thru 19 games had 11 goals. He slumped in the second half of the season but concluded the season as the club's top scorer with 13 goals in 30 regular season appearances.On October 21, 2010 Angel assisted Dane Richards on the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over New England Revolution which helped New York clinch its second ever regular season Eastern Conference title.

After the 2010 MLS season New York declined Angel's contract option and Angel elected to participate in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft. On December 15, 2010 Angel was selected by Los Angeles Galaxy in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry draft. On January 19, 2011 the club announced that they had signed Angel to a multi-year contract which would make Angel the Galaxy's third designated player. He scored his first goal of his 2011 galaxy campaign in a 4-1 loss against Real Salt Lake.

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