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Benji Michel’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro American association football player
Is Athlete 
Football player 
Association football player 
From United States of America 
Type Sports 
Gender male
Birth 23 October 1997, Orlando, United States of America
Age: 22 years
Star sign Scorpio

Benjamin Stanley Michel (born October 23, 1997) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Orlando City SC. Having played college soccer for the Portland Pilots, he was signed to a Homegrown contract by Orlando ahead of the 2019 season.

Career

Youth and college

Michel grew up in Orlando, Florida and played for the Orlando City U-18s, where he scored 25 goals for the U.S. Development Academy. While at Montverde, Michel helped the team build on a record 136-game unbeaten streak, which started in 2010.

He played college soccer at the University of Portland from 2016 to 2018, scoring 31 goals in 53 matches. In his freshman year, Michel was named West Coast Conference (WCC) Freshman of the Year. In 2018, he was named to the USC All-American Second Team and was the first Pilot since 2002 to be named an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches.

In May 2018, Michel featured twice for Portland Timbers U23s during their U.S. Open Cup campaign.

Orlando City

On December 31, 2018, Orlando City announced the signing of Michel to a Homegrown contract. He became the club’s fifth homegrown player and the first to be born in Orlando and come up through the Development Academy. He made his professional debut as a substitute on March 31, 2019 in a 2–1 defeat to D.C. United. On June 19, Michel scored his first professional goal in extra-time of Orlando’s 2–1 U.S. Open Cup win over New England Revolution. His scored his first MLS goal on July 13, 2019, a winner in a 1–0 victory over Columbus Crew SC. In July 2019, Michel was selected to take part in the MLS Homegrown Game.

International career

Despite being born in Orlando, Florida, Michel is eligible to play for Haiti through his Haitian parentage. On March 12, 2019, Michel received his first call up to the Haitian national team for their final CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match against Cuba. However, he declined the call up. On May 20, 2019, Michel was added to Haiti’s preliminary 2019 Gold Cup roster. In June 2019, Michel was called into the United States U23 Summer Training Camp by Jason Kreis.

Career statistics

College

School Season Total
Apps Goals
Portland Pilots 2016 19 10
2017 17 10
2018 17 11
NCAA Total 53 31

Club

As of October 6, 2019

Club Season League Cup League Playoffs Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Orlando City 2019 MLS 17 5 3 1 0 0 20 6
Career Totals 17 5 3 1 0 0 20 6