Steel City Standout
He is a child of the Fox Soccer generation, and was capped in 2011 while cracking the starting line up from Portland. Timbers‘ midfielder Eric Alexander seems to have found his niche in Rip City, alongside fellow Michigander, midfielder Freddie Braun.
Alexander was a very highly praised athlete in his high school days. He was actually named Player of the Year from two different outlets during his senior campaign. He utilized those accolades to propel himself into the next chapter for his soccer career, and attended Indiana University for all four years.
During his time at UI he was given just about every award imaginable. Starting with his freshman season in which he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
It only escalated from there, as he was named to the All-Big Ten first team during his next two seasons.
Like many of the other standout college players, he also spent a great deal of time with a Development Team, cycling through three during his time at Indiana.
He spent a year with the Kalamazoo Kingdom where he appeared eight times, scoring two goals before moving on to play with the West Michigan Edge.
Alexander would score just a single goal in his 12 matches there before going back to Kalamazoo, this time with the Outrage, making a total of 17 appearances while scoring four goals.
Alexander also spent a brief stint with the US Mens’ National Team. It was in a January camp which is usually reserved for MLS players. He came on in the 82nd minute against a talented Chilean side.
The US would draw that match.
Welcome to the MLS
Alexander was drafted in the third round (44th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He made his MLS debut that same year in Dallas’ opening match of the 2010 campaign.
In Dallas he went on to make 39 total appearances, and scored two goals in nearly two full seasons.
Then in late 2011, Alexander was traded to the Portland Timbers where he has since played in 15 matches with the club, but has yet to break into the scoring column.
With so much buzz surrounding so many other Timbers’ players, Alexander has become a forgotten man.
Nevertheless, his strong work ethic and consistency that made him a popular player with fans and teammates alike during his time in Dallas, will eventually catch on with the Timbers’ Army.
It also surely won’t be long before he, like Alexander III of Macedon, becomes a classical hero in the eyes of the Timber faithful.