Floyd Franks Jr

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Floyd Franks, Jr (born April 5, 1984 in Vestavia Hills) is a professional soccer player for Minnesota United FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL)

Franks is the son of All-Southeastern Conference wide-receiver Floyd Franks, Sr, who played at the University of Mississippi. He grew up in Vestavia Hills and competed in soccer and track and field for Vestavia Hills High School. As a senior he was a member of the school's state championship 4x100 relay team. He led the Rebels soccer team in scoring as a senior with 36 goals and 38 assists. He was named to the All-Metro team twice and to the All-State first team in his last year.

Franks amassed 18 goals and 15 assists in 71 matches for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a Freshman in 2002 he started 13 of 18 games for the 49ers and was named to Conference USA's All-Freshman Team. As a senior he scored 5 goals and added two assists in 18 starts. He was named to the First Team All Atlantic-10 in 2005.

Franks has played in several developmental leagues before he was selected 10th overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2006 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. He logged 151 minutes in 9 appearances with the Fire that year. He scored his first MLS goal on July 29, 2007 against Toronto FC, but was released after the season's end.

On April 16, 2008 he signed with the Cleveland City Stars for the 2008 season. After 17 appearances he was moved to the USL Second Division and played for Blokhus in Pandrup, North Jutland, Denmark. He scored four goals in 44 games over two seasons there and then signed with the Cary, North Carolina RailHawks of the NASL in 2010. After two seasons he moved back to Major League Soccer with the Vancouver Whitecaps, but only played in two games before returning to the RailHawks in 2012. He was traded to Minnesota on July 25, 2013.

References

  • "Floyd Franks." (February 16, 2015) Wikipedia - accessed June 30, 2015