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AJ Paterson

AJ Paterson
HT: 6'2" WT: 182
Age: 22 (1/31/96)
Hometown: Key Largo, FL


Professional Experience:

2018: 1 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A in 90 min.
Patterson signed his first professional contract with Bethlehem Steel FC on February 19, 2018, after being initially drafted by New York City FC. Paterson made his professional debut on the road at Tampa Bay (3/24), making a tackle and nabbing three interceptions. Has been a part of the club's matchday 18 for six matches this year.

Collegiate Experience:

2014-17: Paterson prepped at Wright State where he appeared in 76 matches, starting 47 matches as a midfielder and defender. Scored 15 goals in his four years, including seven in his senior season to earn the Horizon League Player of the Year and All-League First Team honors. Added seven career assists with three coming in 2016, where he earned second team All-Horizon League and All-Tournament team honors.

PDL Experience:

2016: Spent one season with Southwest Florida Adrenaline, scoring two goals in 10 matches with the club. Spent 895 minutes on the pitch, attempting seven shots.

International Experience:

2018: Received a call-up in October with Grenada ahead of its CONCACAF League of Nations qualifier against Cuba. Earned his first international cap in the match, starting at center back and playing the full 90 minutes.

2009: Was invited and participated in a U.S. Boy's National Team U14 camp.

Off the field interests:

Hobbies outside of soccer: Fishing and spearfishing
Favorite places to travel: Bahamas
Profession if not playing soccer: Florida Wildlife Conservation Officer
Most memorable soccer memory: Scoring the game-winning penalty kick in the 2016 Horizon League Semifinals.
Favorite soccer player: Paul Pogba
Growing up, I pretended to be: Thierry Henry

Three unique facts/stories
The only left-handed person in his family.
2) Played baseball while in high school.
3) Highly skilled at FIFA and Call of Duty.

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