Joao Plata

Joao Plata
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Forward
  • Real Salt Lake
  • 5' 2"
  • 135 lbs.
  • 03-01-1992
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador

Acquired in a trade with Toronto on Jan. 30, 2013, the 21-year-old Plata became the latest discarded MLS player to have a re-birth at Real Salt Lake. Much like RSL defender Aaron Maund, the talented Plata was a victim of some turbulence at TFC, which sent him on a loan to Ecuadorian side LDU Quito halfway through 2012 before trading him to RSL last offseason.

Plata blossomed for Real Salt Lake during the 2013 season, scoring four goals and notching eight assists in 29 appearances – including 19 starts – in league play. The diminutive 21-year-old Ecuadorian has strong partnerships with all of the Claret-and-Cobalt forwards, and used his quickness, skill and some excellent combination play to frustrate opposing defenses throughout 2013. Plata played in two 2013 postseason games and assisted on Javier Morales’ goal in the Western Conference Championship first leg against Portland Timbers.

Whether he features as a starter or is an option off the bench, Plata will be an important player for Real Salt Lake as the team looks to win its second title in 2014.

Acquired

RSL: Acquired by Real Salt Lake on Jan. 30, 2013 in a trade with Toronto FC in exchange for a second round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft

TOR: Selected with the 49th pick of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Officially signed with Toronto on Jan. 10, 2012 following the conclusion of a year-long loan

Professional Career

2013: Made 29 regular season appearances in his first season with RSL, including 19 starts … Registered four goals and eight assists in the regular season … Finished in the top-five for RSL with eight assists (second), 50 shots (second) and 19 shots on goal (second) … Recorded his first assist for RSL in the season opener in a 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes on March 3 … Provided an assist in a 1-1 draw with Colorado Rapids on March 16 … Registered two assists in a 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 4 … Scored his first goal for the Claret-and-Cobalt in a 4-1 win over Chivas USA on May 19 … Provided an assist in a 3-0 win over FC Dallas on July 13 … Recorded an assist in a 4-3 loss to New York Red Bulls on July 27 … Scored in a 4-2 loss to LA Galaxy on Aug. 17 … Had an outstanding performance in RSL’s 4-2 win over Portland Timbers on Aug. 30, registering one goal and two assists … Scored in the final regular season game – a 2-1 win over Chivas USA on Oct. 23 … Scored two goals and recorded two assists in Real Salt Lake’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run … Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers to advance to the final on Aug. 7 … Scored a goal and registered an assist in RSL’s 5-2 win over Charleston Battery on June 12 … Provided an assist in RSL’s 3-2 win over Atlanta Silverbacks on May 28 … Made two appearances in RSL’s playoff run … Registered one assist on Javier Morales’ goal in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship series against Portland Timbers on Nov. 10

2012: Went on a six-month loan from Toronto FC to Ecuadorian club LDU Quito on July 11 … Played 10 league games – seven starts – for Toronto before leaving for Quito without scoring a goal or adding an assist … Finished his TFC career with 10 goals and nine assists in 52 games across all competitions

2011: Appeared in 26 matches, starting in 21 … Recorded three goals and five assists, while logging 1,753 minutes … His first career goal came on May 7 at BMO Field against Houston … Plata also logged the game-winning assist in the May 7 match against the Dynamo, with the entire performance earning him MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 8 …. Appeared and started in all four of TFC’s matches in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship … Scored one goal in the second leg of the finals against Vancouver … Was named the George Gross Memorial Trophy winner as the tournament’s MVP … Appeared in five of Toronto’s CONCACAF Champions League matches, starting in four … Scored four goals including two during the decisive group stage match in Dallas on October 18 … Was the leading scorer  at the 2011 MLS Combine … Drafted by TFC with the 49th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft

2010: Made seven appearances in his first full year with the LDU first-team … Started five matches for Quito and scored one goal, a game-winner against ESPOLI in September

International Career

Ecuador Senior National Team: Has one senior cap for his native Ecuador, coming on as a late game substitute in Ecuador’s 2-2 friendly draw against Canada at BMO Field on June 1, 2011

Ecuador Youth National Teams: Ecuador Under 20's: Has appeared in multiple games for the Ecuadorian Under-20 National Team

Personal

An avid fan of Reggaeton, Plata is known in the RSL locker room for his dance skills

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Año Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC Apagado Y R
2014 Real Salt Lake 12 11 7 834 3 21 14 8 9 0 0
2013 Real Salt Lake 29 19 4 1645 8 50 19 16 11 1 0
2012 Toronto FC 10 7 0 638 0 20 2 5 3 0 0
2011 Toronto FC 26 21 3 1753 5 46 17 9 10 1 0
Career Totals 77 58 14 4870 16 137 52 38 33 2 0

2014 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Real Salt Lake 12 11 7 834 3 21 14 8 9 0 0

2013 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Real Salt Lake 2 0 0 32 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season Real Salt Lake 29 19 4 1645 8 50 19 16 11 1 0

2012 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Toronto FC 10 7 0 638 0 20 2 5 3 0 0

2011 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Toronto FC 26 21 3 1753 5 46 17 9 10 1 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, Apagado: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Fecha Match Result Appearance MINS G A SHT SOG FC FS Y R
7/4/2014 NE @ RSL W 1-2 Started 87 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
6/28/2014 RSL @ CHV L 0-1 Started 90 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0
6/7/2014 POR @ RSL L 3-1 Started 58 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
6/4/2014 RSL @ CLB T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/31/2014 RSL @ SEA L 0-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/24/2014 DAL @ RSL T 0-0 Started 42 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
5/17/2014 COL @ RSL W 1-2 Started 89 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
5/11/2014 RSL @ HOU W 5-2 Started 74 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
5/3/2014 RSL @ CHI W 3-2 Started 90 2 0 4 3 1 0 0 0
4/26/2014 VAN @ RSL T 2-2 Started 74 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
4/19/2014 POR @ RSL W 0-1 Subbed On 23 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
4/12/2014 RSL @ PHI T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/5/2014 RSL @ KC T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/29/2014 TOR @ RSL W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/22/2014 LA @ RSL T 1-1 Started 36 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 0
3/15/2014 RSL @ SJ T 3-3 Started 82 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 0
3/8/2014 RSL @ LA W 1-0 Started 89 1 0 4 4 1 0 0 0
10/23/2013 CHV @ RSL W 1-2 Started 62 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
10/19/2013 RSL @ POR T 0-0 Subbed On 18 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
10/5/2013 DAL @ RSL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/28/2013 RSL @ VAN W 1-0 Subbed On 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
9/21/2013 SJ @ RSL L 2-1 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
9/13/2013 RSL @ SEA L 0-2 Started 76 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
8/30/2013 POR @ RSL W 2-4 Started 61 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 0
8/24/2013 CLB @ RSL W 0-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/21/2013 RSL @ POR T 3-3 Started 82 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
8/17/2013 RSL @ LA L 2-4 Started 90 1 0 4 1 1 1 0 0
8/10/2013 HOU @ RSL W 0-1 Started 62 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0
8/3/2013 RSL @ COL T 2-2 Subbed On 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/27/2013 RSL @ NY L 3-4 Subbed On 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/20/2013 KC @ RSL L 2-1 Started 68 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
7/13/2013 RSL @ DAL W 3-0 Subbed On 29 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
7/3/2013 PHI @ RSL T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
6/29/2013 RSL @ TOR W 1-0 Started 62 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
6/22/2013 SEA @ RSL W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/8/2013 LA @ RSL W 1-3 Started 79 0 0 3 1 1 2 0 0
6/1/2013 SJ @ RSL W 0-3 Started 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5/25/2013 CHI @ RSL T 1-1 Started 83 0 0 3 2 3 0 0 0
5/19/2013 RSL @ CHV W 4-1 Started 73 1 0 4 2 0 1 0 0
5/11/2013 RSL @ MTL L 2-3 Subbed On 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5/8/2013 RSL @ NE W 2-1 Started 68 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
5/4/2013 VAN @ RSL W 0-2 Started 89 0 2 5 1 2 2 0 0
4/27/2013 LA @ RSL L 2-0 Started 63 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
4/20/2013 CHV @ RSL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/13/2013 RSL @ VAN T 1-1 Started 56 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
4/6/2013 RSL @ COL L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/30/2013 SEA @ RSL W 1-2 Subbed On 76 0 0 6 3 1 0 0 0
3/23/2013 RSL @ DAL L 0-2 Started 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/16/2013 COL @ RSL T 1-1 Subbed On 23 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/9/2013 RSL @ DC L 0-1 Subbed On 25 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3/3/2013 RSL @ SJ W 2-0 Subbed On 25 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
10/28/2012 TOR @ CLB L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/20/2012 MTL @ TOR T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/6/2012 DC @ TOR L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/29/2012 TOR @ NY L 1-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/22/2012 TOR @ LA L 2-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/15/2012 PHI @ TOR T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/12/2012 CHI @ TOR L 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/1/2012 TOR @ KC L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/25/2012 TOR @ HOU T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/22/2012 TOR @ CLB L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/18/2012 KC @ TOR L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/15/2012 POR @ TOR T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/4/2012 TOR @ CHI L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/28/2012 HOU @ TOR L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/18/2012 COL @ TOR W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/14/2012 TOR @ NE W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/11/2012 VAN @ TOR W 2-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/8/2012 TOR @ PHI L 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2012 TOR @ DAL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/30/2012 NY @ TOR T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/27/2012 TOR @ MTL W 3-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/23/2012 NE @ TOR T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/20/2012 TOR @ HOU T 3-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/16/2012 TOR @ KC L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/26/2012 PHI @ TOR W 0-1 Started 63 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
5/19/2012 TOR @ DC L 1-3 Started 68 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0
5/5/2012 DC @ TOR L 2-0 Subbed On 45 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
4/28/2012 TOR @ RSL L 2-3 Subbed On 22 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
4/21/2012 CHI @ TOR L 3-2 Started 90 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 0
4/14/2012 CHV @ TOR L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
4/7/2012 TOR @ MTL L 1-2 Started 52 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
3/31/2012 CLB @ TOR L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
3/24/2012 SJ @ TOR L 3-0 Started 85 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0
3/17/2012 TOR @ SEA L 1-3 Subbed On 33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10/22/2011 NE @ TOR T 2-2 Started 74 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
10/15/2011 TOR @ PHI T 1-1 Started 59 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10/1/2011 NY @ TOR T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/24/2011 TOR @ CHV L 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/17/2011 COL @ TOR W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/10/2011 TOR @ CLB W 4-2 Started 90 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
8/27/2011 SJ @ TOR T 1-1 Started 88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/21/2011 TOR @ CHI L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
8/13/2011 RSL @ TOR W 0-1 Started 90 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
8/6/2011 TOR @ DC T 3-3 Started 90 0 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
7/30/2011 TOR @ POR T 2-2 Started 90 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
7/23/2011 TOR @ KC L 2-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/20/2011 DAL @ TOR L 1-0 Started 70 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
7/9/2011 TOR @ HOU L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
7/6/2011 TOR @ NY L 0-5 Started 90 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 0
6/29/2011 VAN @ TOR W 0-1 Started 89 0 0 3 0 1 2 1 0
6/25/2011 TOR @ RSL L 1-3 Started 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/18/2011 SEA @ TOR L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0
6/15/2011 TOR @ NE T 0-0 Started 72 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
6/11/2011 TOR @ LA T 2-2 Subbed On 56 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
6/4/2011 KC @ TOR T 0-0 Started 67 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
5/28/2011 PHI @ TOR L 6-2 Started 90 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
5/22/2011 TOR @ COL T 0-0 Started 60 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5/14/2011 CHI @ TOR T 2-2 Started 61 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0
5/11/2011 TOR @ DAL L 0-1 Started 50 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
5/7/2011 HOU @ TOR W 1-2 Started 89 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 0
4/30/2011 TOR @ SEA L 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/23/2011 CLB @ TOR T 1-1 Subbed On 13 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
4/16/2011 DC @ TOR L 3-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/13/2011 LA @ TOR T 0-0 Subbed On 5 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
4/9/2011 TOR @ SJ T 1-1 Subbed On 25 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
4/2/2011 CHV @ TOR T 1-1 Subbed On 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/26/2011 POR @ TOR W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/19/2011 TOR @ VAN L 2-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, Apagado: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves