Marcel de Jong (English: /mɑːrˈsɛl dəˈjɒŋ/, Dutch: ; born 15 October 1986) is a Canadian soccer player currently playing for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
De Jong played for amateur side De Valk and joined the PSV Eindhoven youth academy in 1996. He started his professional career with Dutch Eerste Divisie side Helmond Sport and joined Roda JC in the summer of 2006.
De Jong warming up before a match against Ecuador at BMO Field on 1 June 2011 in front of Josh Simpson.
After four years with Roda JC, de Jong signed with German club FC Augsburg on 21 May 2010. Marcel scored his first goal for the second division German side on 12 September 2010 versus VfL Bochum at the Ruhrstadion. They won this away fixture 2–0 in which de Jong also assisted the other goal from teammate Michael Thurk. De Jong scored his second goal of the season several months later on 4 February 2011 in a 2–0 away win versus VfL Osnabrück. De Jong in his first season with Augsburg started 24 league games and helped take the team to finish second in 2. Bundesliga securing automatic promotion to top flight football, finishing several points behind Hertha BSC.
De Jong made his Bundesliga debut in the first game of the 2011–12 season on 6 August 2011 against SC Freiburg; the game ended in a 2–2 home draw. On 4 October 2011, Marcel de Jong suffered a knee injury that would keep him out of action for two months. He returned to action as an unused substitute on 4 December 2011 during a 3–1 defeat to Schalke 04. De Jong made his full return to the team the following week against Borussia Mönchengladbach; starting the game, he helped earn the team only their third victory of the campaign, winning 1–0. De Jong scored his first Bundesliga goal on 28 January 2012 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the game ended in a 2–2 home draw. De Jong sustained an ankle injury in an early February draw against 1. FC Nürnberg, forcing him to have season-ending surgery on the ligaments.
De Jong made his return from his injury 1 September 2012 in a 3–1 defeat to Schalke 04. He scored his first goal of the season on 27 April 2013 against VfB Stuttgart in a 3–0 victory, de Jong came on as a sub and scored a minute after coming on. Unsatisfied with his role as a reserve in the 2014–2015 season, De Jong and Augsburg agreed to terminate his contract in January 2015.
After an extended trial, de Jong signed with Sporting Kansas City ahead of the 2015 MLS season. He made his debut against FC Dallas on 14 March. On 1 March 2016 Sporting KC announced the club had terminated its contract with De Jong by mutual consent.
The day after being released by Sporting KC, de Jong signed with NASL club Ottawa Fury, joining fellow Canadian international teammate Julian de Guzman.
After a good Spring season with Ottawa, de Jong had stated in interviews that he and his family "liked it here" (in Ottawa) and that he wanted to stay despite interest from multiple other clubs. However, when questioned by media, Fury manager Paul Dalglish stated that he was doubtful that the club would be able to afford de Jong. On 22 June 2016 Dalglish stated that he had made de Jong "his best possible offer" and that it was up to the player as to whether or not he would accept it and stay in Ottawa or sign elsewhere. On 30 June, the club stated in a preview for its Fall season opener that de Jong had not been re-signed.
On 11 July, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced they had signed de Jong via Twitter.
In the summer of 2005, De Jong played for the U-20 Canadian national team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. On 26 September 2007, just before his 21st birthday, De Jong decided to play for the Canadian national team instead of the Netherlands, reasoning that he would be more likely to earn a regular place in the Canada team than with the Netherlands.
He made his senior debut for Canada in a November 2007 friendly match against South Africa. De Jong scored his first goal for Canada in a 2–2 draw against Costa Rica on 10 July 2009. De Jong was selected for his second consecutive Gold Cup in May 2011, Canada failed to exit the group stage with a 1–1–1 record.
Born in Canada to Dutch parents, De Jong moved to the Netherlands at the age of five and did not return to Canada until he was selected by the Canada U17 national soccer team in 2003.
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