Gagandeep Dosanjh

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Midfielder
  •  1990.11.01
  •  Abbotsford, BC
  • School: University of British Columbia
  • Previous Club: Abbotsford Mariners
 
PROFILE
A central midfielder with excellent playmaking abilities and a nose for goal, Gagandeep Dosanjh was highly influential in Whitecaps FC Residency's run to the PDL semifinals in 2008. A member of the inaugural Residency squad, the Abbotsford, BC, native joined the program on Jan. 30, 2008, before spending a season on loan with Germany's FC Energie Cottbus.
 
GERMAN BUNDESLIGA TWO
2009-10: Dosanjh joined the U-23 side of FC Energie Cottbus on a season-long loan in Aug. 2009. He made six appearances with Cottbus U-23's, as they won the league championship title in Germany's fifth-tier NOFV-Oberliga Nord and promotion back to the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nord. The midfielder also recorded an assist in a 3-1 victory over TSG Neustrelitz on Oct. 24, 2009. Dosanjh played the full 90 minutes in his lone start with the club, as Cottbus U-23's defeated Berlin Ankaraspor Kulübü 07 3-0 on Mar. 6, 2010.
 
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC–USL-1
2009: Dosanjh joined Residency teammates Alex Semenets and Simon Thomas in making the men's team's historic preseason trip to the United Republic of Tanzania in Mar. 2009. He made substitute appearances in the 3-0 friendly defeat to Tanzanian Premier League club Young Africans FC on Mar. 9 and the goalless draw versus Tanzania's national team on Mar. 14.
 
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
2007: Dosanjh made his PDL debut as a 16-year-old with hometown club Abbotsford Rangers (now Abbotsford Mariners). After being promoted from Abbotsford's USL Super Y-League U-16 Boys team, the midfielder scored two goals during his 13 appearances for Colin Miller's side. Those two goals came in a 3-2 victory at Yakima Reds on June 30 and the 11-0 home win over Spokane Spiders on July 22. 2008: Dosanjh was named to the PDL All-Western Conference Team after appearing in all but one of the Residency team's 16 regular season matches, scoring two goals and recording eight assists in the process. The midfielder's first goal came in a 4-1 victory at Yakima Reds on July 11, while his second goal was the winner in a 2-0 victory at BYU Cougars on July 18. Dosanjh then started in all three playoff matches, with the playmaker assisting in Randy Edwini-Bonsu's consolation goal during the 2-1 semifinal defeat at Thunder Bay Chill. 2009: Dosanjh scored twice against former club Abbotsford, as the Residency team defeated the Mariners 4-2 in Chilliwack, BC, on Canada Day (July 1). He then scored a goal in each of Residency's PDL two home wins over Yakima Reds (July 4) and Cascade Surge (July 5) before striking the winner in a 1-0 victory at Spokane Spiders on July 11. 2010: After spending the 2009-10 season on loan with the U-23 side of Germany's FC Energie Cottbus, Dosanjh recorded assists in the Residency team's 4-3 home defeat to Washington Crossfire on July 2 and 6-2 home defeat to Kitsap Pumas on July 21.
 
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC RESIDENCY
2007-08: On the team's first trip to Germany in Oct. 2007, Dosanjh appeared in four of the six matches that Residency played during their tour. This included a start in the 1-1 draw versus VfB Stuttgart U-19's on Oct. 27 and a substitute appearance in the 3-1 defeat versus a combined U-19/U-23 side from 1860 Munich. The playmaker then appeared in all three Bracket C matches of the U-19 Super Group at Dallas Cup XXIX. This included the 1-0 defeat to Portugal's Benfica (Mar. 16), a 2-2 draw versus Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara (Mar. 17), and the 3-3 draw versus Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt (Mar. 19). He also faced England's Leicester City U-19's in a friendly on Mar. 26. Four days later on Vancouver Island, Dosanjh scored the second goal in a 3-0 win over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, as the Residency team claimed the 2008 Keg Spring Cup title at the University of Victoria. On the team's second trip to Germany in the spring, Dosanjh scored the match-winner in a 2-1 victory over SV Stuttgarter Kickers U-19's on Apr. 30 before striking a hat-trick in a 5-0 win versus VfL Neckarau U-19's. He then helped the team to a third-place finish at the INSEL-CUP junior international tournament in Germany. 2008-09: Dosanjh appeared as a midfielder in all five matches of the Residency's successful 12-day tour of Japan in Dec. 2008, with the squad winning each of their five games in the Far East nation. In Apr. 2009, Dosanjh played a pivotal role in leading the Residency team to the U-19 Super Group final at Dallas Cup XXX, as he started in all five tournament matches that spring. In May 2009, the midfielder made four appearances during the Residency team's two-week trip to Germany. This included starts against the U-19 Junior Bundesliga sides of FC Energie Cottbus (May 23), Hansa Rostock (May 26), and Hertha Berlin (May 27). Dosanjh also appeared in the 2009 INSEL-CUP junior international tournament in Germany, where he scored against Czech Republic side SK Slavia Prague in one of two consolation semifinals on May 31. 2009-10: Playing as a striker, Dosanjh started the U-19 Super Group Bracket D matches against Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt (Mar. 28) and United States national team (91/92 – Mar. 29) at Dallas Cup XXXI. In May 2010, Dosanjh scored five goals in five appearances during the Residency team's two-week trip to Germany. The midfielder appeared in every match at the Stemwede International U-19 Youth Tournament and the friendly win over SuS Holzhausen on May 24.
 
INTERNATIONAL
U-17: Dosanjh earned two caps with Canada's U-17 national team in May 2007. Both appearances came in the final two Group B matches of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Kingston, Jamaica. The playmaker appeared in the final stages of a 2-1 defeat to the United States on May 2 before playing the final quarter-hour of the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on May 4.
 
YOUTH/AMATEUR
Before signing with Whitecaps Residency, Dosanjh developed as a player with the Abbotsford Soccer Association, having represented the club in the USL Super Y-League and the PDL. In the 2006-07 season, the midfielder was a member of the Abbotsford U-18 Selects.
 
PERSONAL
Born and raised in Abbotsford, BC, the midfielder's parents - Pavinder and Gurpal Dosanjh - are natives of the state of Punjab in northwest India. The playmaker is also fluent in three languages - English, French and Punjabi.
 
INTERESTING FACTS
Dosanjh's favorite players include Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and Paul Scholes. He is also a fan of Italian Serie A giants Juventus, and Liverpool and Spain star Fernando Torres. The midfielder is also a big fan of NBA Basketball and its stars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. The youngster also enjoys watching movies and playing other sports when not concentrating on his professional soccer career.