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Atiba Hutchinson (born on February 8, 1983, in Brampton, Ontariomarker) is a professional Canadian soccer player who plays for F.C. Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga.

Biography

Born in Brampton, Ontariomarker to Trinidadianmarker parents.

Career

Hutchinson began his professional career in the 2002 summer season, playing briefly with the York Region Shooters of the Canadian Professional Soccer League before signing with the Toronto Lynx of the then A-League in mid-season, on July 26, and playing in the teams final four games. In January 2003 he signed with Östers IF, newly promoted to the Swedish Allsvenskan. Hutchinson scored six times for Öster during the 2003 season. With the club relegated out of the Allsvenskan, Hutchinson was granted a transfer and signed with Helsingborgs IF in January 2004.

Expectations were high for him the first season in Helsingborg, but they were ultimately unsatisfied. However, in the 2005 season he was consistently the team's best player, scoring six goals from a primarily defensive midfield position.

Hutchinson moved to Danish F.C. Copenhagen, where, for the first half of the year, he played alongside Swedish international Tobias Linderoth in central midfield, latterly being used around the midfield and as a striker. Manager Ståle Solbakken said in an interview with the football paper TIPS-bladet, that he saw Hutchinson's attacking talents as being too impressive for a central midfielder, saying that he would be used more often as winger.He has been linked with Premier League clubs several times.

International Career

He has played more than 25 matches for the Canadian national team, and represented Canada at the 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cups.

Hutchinson has played more than 20 games and scored two goals - the first in a World Cup qualifying match against Honduras, on September 10, 2004. He also played in the 2001 and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championships.

On June 21, 2007, Hutchison appeared to have scored a vital equalizer against the United States in a 2007 Gold Cup semi-final. However, he was controversially ruled off-side.

Position

Hutchinson can play all positions on the midfield and as supporting striker.

Background

In February 2007, Hutchinson was named CanadaSoccer.com Fan’s Choice winner. Hutchinson received more votes than any other player in the online voting portion conducted by fans. But in the end, it was not enough to win over Dwayne De Rosario in the "Player of the year" award.

International goals

# Date City Opponent Result Competition
1 October 9, 2004 San Pedro Sulamarker, Hondurasmarker 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 July 12, 2005 Foxboro, USAmarker 2–1 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3 March 25, 2007 Hamiltonmarker, Bermudamarker 3–0 Friendly


Honours

Individual



Club

F.C. Copenhagen

Country

Canada

References



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