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Cory Burke

Cory Burke
HT: 6' 3" WT: 180
Age: 25 (12/28/1991)
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

Professional Experience:

2017: 25 GP, 22 GS, 9 G, 2 A in 2,040 min.
Cory Burke had a busy second season with Bethlehem Steel FC in 2017, scoring nine goals and adding two assists. Burke made 25 appearances, starting 22 matches, for a total of 2,040 minutes on the field. While helping Steel FC to its first USL Cup Playoff appearance, Burke was called into the Jamaican National Team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Carribean Cup. Burke made his 2017 debut as a second-half substitute in the season opener vs. ROC (4/1), drawing a penalty kick. He started the following week vs. CIN (4/9), where he followed suit with another penalty kick drawn. Burke notched his first goal of the season against TOR (5/13), converting a game-winning penalty kick. He continued his dominance around the penalty spot  against HAR (5/28), converting another PK. After missing time due to international call-ups, Burke tallied his first assist of the season at OTT (8/5). He returned to his scoring ways vs. TOR (8/13). He continued his scoring ways at PIT (8/26), scoring his first professional brace to bring his goal total to five. After collecting an assist at ORL (8/31), Burke ended the season on fire with a goal at LOU (9/15) and another brace vs. PIT (9/24). He tallied his ninth and final goal of the season vs. TB (9/27). In the club’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Louisville, Burke started.

2016: 20 GP, 14 GS, 4 G, 2 A in 1,226 min.
 Burke played in 20 games and started 14 matches for Steel FC. Burke added a scoring presence, finishing second on the team in goals with four while adding two assists. He also finished second on the squad with 42 shots taken while placing a team-high 16 on target. Acquired via loan on Feb. 17, 2016, from Rivoli United FC of the Red Stripe Premier League in his native Jamaica. Burke was purchased from the Jamaican club on Nov. 14, 2016, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

2013-2015: Played for Rivoli United where he scored 12 goals and was the second-leading scorer in Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League in the 15-16 season. In 2014-15, he scored 11 goals making a total of 23 goals in the past two seasons, the third most in the league since the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Overall at Rivoli, Burke has scored 25 goals in three seasons.

Youth Experience:

Attended St. George's College in Kingston, Jamaica where he played striker. 

International Experience:

2017: Has had four separate call-ups with the Jamaican National Team, making 10 appearances for the Reggae Boyz. Started against the United States on Feb. 3 and came on as a second-half substitute against Honduras on Feb. 16. Burke started for the squad in a friendly against Peru on June 13, playing 70 minutes. With strong showings in the friendlies, Burke was named to the Reggae Boyz 2017 Carribean Cup squad, scoring the game-winning penalty kick to advance the team to the finals. As a result of his stellar play, Burke was named to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster, his first major tournament of his career. During the tournament, Burke made his Gold Cup debut in the tournament's opener against Curacao as a second-half substitute. Started in the group stage match against Mexico, playing 87 minutes. Helped the club to a runner up finish in the tournament, appearing in five total matches.

2016: Trained with Jamaican National team and received a call-up to the Jamaican National Team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Haiti.  Earned first cap for the Reggae Boyz against Haiti, playing 74 minutes. Notched his first international goal against Guyana in the final match of Jamaica's Caribbean Cup Qualifiers. Followed up the performance with a game-winning goal against Suriname to help the club earn a berth in the 2017 Gold Cup.

2015: Part of the squad that traveled to Haiti for November’s World Cup Qualifier.

Off the field interests:
Favorite places to travel: United States and Brazil
Profession if not playing soccer: Head chef or tennis player
Most memorable soccer memory: Playing in my first international game at home in Jamaica surrounded by my family and friends.
Favorite soccer player: Ronaldinho
Growing up, I pretended to be: Ronaldinho


Unique facts/stories
Due to being a professional soccer player, Cory has been honored by his high school numerous times.

2) Burke’s pregame routine begins with gospel music and prayer

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