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KC: Drafted by the Wizards in the first round (4th overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft RSL: Via trade with Kansas City Wizards on 9/14/07 along with a Youth International roster spot in exchange for RSL's natural 2009 3rd round SuperDraft and 2009 1st round Supplemental Draft selections and a portion of a player allocation.
They say that good things come to those who wait, which was a great thing for Yura Movsisyan, who battled through injury and inconsistency for the first-team during the first half of 2008 to enjoy one of the best second half stretches of any forward in Major League Soccer … and certainly the most important three-month run by any Real Salt Lake striker in the club's short history. The 21-year-old Movsisyan contributed eight goals during Reserve Division play - eventually finishing second in the division in scoring - yet failed to translate that production into first-team goals throughout the spring and summer, with a right knee injury and subsequent surgery adding to the problem. The RSL coaching staff was convinced the goals would come in bunches once the young work-in-progress returned to full health, and that prognosis indeed proved true, starting with his first goal in regular season play in an RSL uniform on August 16 at Houston.
There was no looking back from there, as Movsisyan would finish with a team-high seven goals, all of them coming in RSL's last 11 games of the regular season and counting as the fourth most in League play after the All-Star Game, placing behind only the eventual top three on the MLS Budweiser Scoring Chart - Landon Donovan, Kenny Cooper, and Juan Pablo Angel. Movsisyan would save the best for last, literally, as his 90th minute rebound equalizer in the do-or-die season finale at Colorado would give Real Salt Lake the draw it needed to earn its first-ever MLS Cup Playoff berth. And, as if that weren't dramatic enough, Movsisyan followed that up a week later in RSL's postseason debut against Chivas USA with another 90th minute tally - a cheeky, heeled re-direct - that gave the Claret-and-Cobalt a 1-0 victory, which proved to be the difference in the squad's eventual 3-2 aggregate series win. Possessing a lethal combination of size, speed and ability, the wait is now over for the young Armenian native of Southern California to prove himself, as he has the tools, opportunity, and, now, the confidence, to carry over his red-hot finish to 2008 into a permanent starting role up top for RSL this season.
2008: Tallied seven goals and an assist in 22 games (13 GS) … Enjoyed red-hot finish to the season, scoring all seven o his goals in the last 11 appearances (including six in his last seven contests) to earn his first RSL Golden Boot honor … His final regular season goal on 10/25 @ COL (90') equalized the match and earned a 1-1 draw that clinched the West's #3 seed in postseason play … Finished 7th in MLS in shots (69) and T-7th in shots on goal (33) … Also finished 2nd in MLS Reserve Division scoring chart with eight goals in six GP … Scored his first goal in an RSL uniform on 4/30 v. SJ (33') in a 4-0 USOC Play-In round victory … A injury to his right meniscus and subsequent surgery forced him to miss 7 of 8 contests during May & June … Recorded a hat trick and an assist in MLS Reserve Division play on 7/04 in a 5-3 win over the Houston Dynamo Reserves … Started and went 61 minutes on 7/09 v. Santos Laguna (MEX) in RSL's 1-4 L in XanGo Cup 2008 … Came on as a second half substitute on 7/23 v. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) in RSL's 1-2 international friendly loss before being sent off in the 83' minute … Broke through for his first goal with RSL in regular season action on 8/16 @ HOU, the fastest of 2008 for RSL (3'), in a 3-4 loss … Notched 4G & 1A in 4 GP during September, while also registering League highs in SHT (27) & SOG (14) during the crucial month … Notched a goal and assist after coming off the bench early on 9/06 @ LA, helping RSL earn a 2-2 road draw … The assist was his first in MLS play, breaking a streak of 47 games without a helper to start his MLS career … Nearly broke single-game record for shots on 9/13 @ NY with 10, which ranks second in RSL annals (A. Williams - 11; 8/06/05 v. CHV) … Became 3rd RSL player to record a brace in 2008 on 9/27 @ SJ (w/ Espíndola & Beckerman), helping RSL to a crucial 3-2 away triumph … Tied his own RSL single-game record with 5 SOG on 9/27 @ SJ (originally set on 9/13 @ NYRB) … His 35' goal on 10/18 v. FCD marked his first score at home … Started all three of RSL's contests in the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, notching one goal in 259 minutes of play … His 90th minute goal in Game One of RSL's West Semifinal series v. CHV on 11/01 gave RSL a dramatic 1-0 win and the upper hand in the eventual 3-2 agg. goals West Semifinal series win … Led all postseason performers with 12 SHT and six SOG.
2007: Acquired by RSL via trade with Kansas City Wizards on 9/14/07 along with a Youth International roster spot in exchange for RSL's natural 2009 3rd round SuperDraft and 2009 1st round Supplemental Draft selections and a portion of a player allocation … Started in nine of his 23 appearances between RSL and KC … Started in four of his five League appearances with RSL after joining the squad … Scored all five goals of the season while with the Wizards, with all of them coming in a substitute role … Scored first career MLS goal on 4/25 v. TFC … Recorded first multi-goal game on 6/16 @ NY, scoring twice off the bench after entering the match in the 55th minute … His first career GWG on 7/29 v. CHV (89') was nominated for the MLS Goal of the Week honor.
2006: Made his professional debut on 5/13 @ DC in the 64th minute and recorded one shot in a 2-1 loss … Made first career start on 6/28 v. DC and registered 4 shots before being replaced at halftime of the 3-2 defeat … Started on 8/14 at CHI in KC's 2-0 loss in the 4th Round of the U.S. Open Cup ... Drafted by the Wizards in the first round (4th overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft … At 18 years old, became the youngest player ever drafted by the Wizards and the highest-drafted player from a community college in MLS history.
Played just one season at Pasadena City College before declaring himself eligible for the MLS SuperDraft … Notched 18 goals in 19 games as a freshman, accounting for more than half of his team's 34 goals during the season … Named to the All-South Coast Conference First-Team and was the Pacific League's MVP.
Played club soccer for Rancho Cucamonga's Arsenal FC alongside RSL teammate Tony Beltran … As a senior at Pasadena High School, scored 32 goals in just 13 games, shattering the school's previous single-season record of 25 goals.
Of Armenian heritage, moved to the Southern California area at the age of 12 when his family was granted political asylum status, and has recently applied for U.S. green card status … Married to wife Marianna … Picked up the game of soccer at a young age, but never played on an organized team until he came to the United States in 2000.