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ERIC BIRD - MIDFIELDER

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-11
Born: April 8, 1993 
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia

College: University of Virginia (VA)
Previous Club: Houston Dynamo


ERIC BIRD BIO

FC TULSA
 

2021
Eric Bird signed a multi-year contract extension with FC Tulsa for the 2021 season and beyond. 

2020
Bird signed for FC Tulsa ahead of the 2020 season and was a crucial part of the club’s midfield structure. Bird started 14 of the club’s 16 matches in 2020, netting a pair of bangers against Saint Louis FC and San Antonio FC. Bird also assisted a Darío Suárez goal against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.

His long-distance curler against Saint Louis was the match winner in a 2-0 victory in early August, and his dramatic, last-second volley to beat San Antonio was voted FC Tulsa Goal of the Year.

2016-2019 – RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC TOROS (USL-C)
Bird has made 72 regular season appearances for RGV Toros, scoring 13 times with seven assists over his four seasons. Bird also had a goal in his lone playoff appearance for RGV against OKC Energy FC in 2016. In 2019, Bird played primarily with Rio Grande Valley FC Toros of the USL Championship on loan from Houston Dynamo, making 17 appearances while scoring two goals and adding two assists.

2018 – HOUSTON DYNAMO (MLS)
2018 saw Bird get his MLS call up, and he played in six matches during the 2018 season with the Houston Dynamo en route to the club's U.S. Open Cup triumph. He also played four times for RGV Toros during the 2018 campaign.

2015 – HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS (USL-C)
Bird was the 41st overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union, but never made an appearance for the club. He played the 2015 USL Championship season with Harrisburg City Islanders, making 6 appearance and one start.

COLLEGE
Bird played college soccer at the University of Virginia from 2011-2014. He played in nine matches in his freshman season before sufferering a knee injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year. In Bird's sophomore year, he started all 21 matches and ranked second on the team in shots (36), scoring twice and logging one assist.

Junior year, he captained the Cavaliers and started 23 of his 24 appearances. He added seven goals and five assists to his tally, best on the team. Wearing the armband again in 2014, he led his team to the NCAA Championship and scored another five goals and assisted one more.