Two-Boys Gumede

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Two-Boys Gladstone Gumede (born August 23, 1985 in Durban, South Africa) is a professional soccer player with the Minnesota Stars of the NSC.

Gumede came to the United States in 2001 as an exchange student in Louisville, Kentucky. He was recruited to play for the UAB Blazers by coach Mike Getman, who say him at a Disney Showcase event when he was 15. He committed to the Blazers as a junior.

In 75 appearances over four seasons he started 73 times at midfielder and amassed 11 goals and 18 assists. He was named to the all Conference USA freshman team in 2005, the the All Conference USA second team in 2006, and to the All Conference USA first team in 2008 and 2009, when he was also on the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy for college soccer's most outstanding player.

Gumede, who had not visited his family in South Africa since first coming to the United States, made a trip home when both his mother and grandmother fell ill in 2007. South Africa refused to grant him another exit visa when he tried to return, citing his "lack of ties to his home country" and requiring him to remain for the rest of the year.

After graduating with a degree in international studies, Gumede tried out with D. C. United of Major League Soccer, but was not signed. Instead he signed to play for Minnesota's National Sports Center team.

References

  • Deal, Jonathan (September 8, 2008) "Trials and tribulations for Two-Boys Gumede". UAB Kaleidoscope
  • Rand, Michael (March 23, 2010) "TFD: Local pro soccer team signs one guy named Two Boys." Star-Tribune

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