Jukka Raitala

Jukka Raitala
Jukka Raitala
Jukka Raitala
Real Name: Jukka Raitala
HT: 5' 11" WT: 174
Age: 32 (09/15/1988)
Birthplace: Kerava, Finland
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

HOW ACQUIRED: Traded to Montreal on Dec. 12, 2017 after being selected by LAFC in the 2017 Expansion Draft.

Raitala is an experienced left back who has played in the top leagues in the world. He should again be a regular in Thierry Henry's starting XI in 2020.

INTERNATIONAL: Raitala’s senior national team debut came on February 4, 2009 in a friendly match for Finland against Japan. He's been capped 51 times and helped lead Finland to the 2020 UEFA European Championships, the nation's first appearance in the tournament. In June, 2011, he played in his first UEFA European Championship qualification match against San Marino. Prior to his senior experience, Raitala had also been part of the Finland youth system, representing his country at the U-17, U-19, and U-21 levels. At the U-21 level, he was a member of the Finnish team that qualified for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. In 2009, he was named the Finland U-21 Player of the Year.

OUTSIDE MLS: During the 2016 season, he played for Sogndal IL in the Norwegian First Division, where he made 28 appearances, all starts, scoring one goal and providing five assists. Prior to joining Sogndal IL, Raitala made appearances for seven other clubs across Europe, including HJK Helsinki, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, SC Paderborn 07, Osasuna, SC Heerenveen, FC Vestsjælland, and Aalborg BK.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2020Montreal Impact15150135004320020
2019Montreal Impact26230208305119020
2018Montreal Impact28251229028232020
2017Columbus Crew SC28200192028131340
Career Totals-97831764342571023100
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