|Full name||Tony Ghislain Tchani|
|Date of birth||13 April 1989|
|Place of birth||Douala, Cameroon|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2008||Hampton Roads Piranhas||1||(0)|
|2010–2011||New York Red Bulls||29||(1)|
|2011–2017||Columbus Crew SC||130||(8)|
|2017||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||27||(4)|
| *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 10 October 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 7 September 2016
Tony Ghislain Tchani ( // ; born 13 April 1989) is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Maryland Bobcats in the NISA.
Tchani moved to the United States from his native Cameroon in 2004, settling in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Maury High School, and played club soccer for Beach FC before playing college soccer at the University of Virginia. He started 12 matches and scored 9 goals as a freshman, was the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year, a second team all-ACC selection, was named to the first team All-South Atlantic Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and was a Soccer America first team All-Freshmen. During the 2009 season, Tchani was named First-Team All America by College Soccer News, a member of the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team, First Team All-America by NSCAA, and a second team All-ACC member. In 2009, the UVa Men's Soccer team won the National Championship (a 3–2 penalty kick shootout against Akron), with Tchani scoring one of Virginia's penalty kicks.
During his college years he also played with the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the USL Premier Development League.
Tchani was drafted in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls.He made his professional debut on 27 March 2010, in New York's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Chicago Fire. On 27 April 2010 Tchani made his first start for New York helping the club to a 2–1 victory over Philadelphia Union in a 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification match. On 20 May 2010 Tchani headed in his first career goal in a 3–1 loss to Columbus Crew. During Tchani's initial campaign with New York he was gradually brought into the first unit by coach Hans Backe and eventually began to form a solid partnership in the heart of the Red Bulls' midfield with newly signed Rafael Marquez. Tchani ended his first professional season appearing in 27 regular season matches for New York scoring 1 goal and providing 3 assists in helping his side capture the regular season Eastern Conference title.
Tchani was traded to Toronto FC on 1 April 2011 along with teammate Danleigh Borman and a 2012 SuperDraft 1st round pick for Dwayne De Rosario.The following day Tchani made his debut for Toronto in a 1–1 home draw against Chivas USA. Tchani scored his first goal for Toronto in a 1–1 home draw versus Columbus Crew on 23 April 2011, following his goal celebration he was shown his second yellow of the game leading to an ejection. Tchani was forced to change his number in late June from 22 to 32 with Toronto's new designated player signing of Torsten Frings.
On 15 July 2011, Tchani was traded to Columbus Crew in exchange for Andy Iro and Léandre Griffit.Due to a left knee injury, Tchani was sidelined upon his arrival at the club, and underwent surgery in late August. Finally, on 27 October 2011, he made his debut for the Black & Gold, playing 90 minutes in the midfield in a 1–0 away defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rapids in the Wild Card round of the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs.
On 7 December 2012 Tchani signed a new deal with Columbus.In 2013, Tchani remained a part-time player starting 13 matches for Columbus. However, in 2014 he became a mainstay and started 33 of 34 league matches. In 2016, he missed time because of national team commitments, but still made 21 appearances, scoring against Orlando City SC in a 2–2 draw.
In a deal announced 30 March 2017, Tchani, along with $300,000 in various allocation funds and a possible future draft pick, was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for Kekuta Manneh.
On 28 February 2018, Tchani was traded to the Chicago Fire for $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.He was waived by the Fire on 9 August 2018.
On 7 August 2019, Tchani signed with Canadian Premier League side FC Edmonton.He made his debut on August 10 against Pacific FC. On November 4 Edmonton announced Tchani would not return to the club for the 2020 season.
On 30 July 2021, Tchani signed with NISA side Maryland Bobcats.
On 4 November 2015, Tchani received his first call up from Cameroon for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches against Niger.However, after aggravating an injury during a match with Columbus, he withdrew from the squad.
In January 2016, Tchani was called up by the United States for their friendlies against Iceland and CanadaHe made his U.S. debut on 31 January against Iceland, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute. However, this friendly appearance did not cap-tie Tchani.
In March 2016 he accepted a call up from Cameroon for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa. After appearing against South Africa, he was cap-tied to Cameroon.
Tchani received U.S. citizenship in 2013.
|Hampton Roads Piranhas||2008||PDL||1||0||–||–||–||1||0|
|New York Red Bulls||2010||Major League Soccer||27||1||0||0||3||0||–||30||1|
|Toronto FC||2011||Major League Soccer||13||1||–||4||0||0||0||17||1|
|Columbus Crew SC||2011||Major League Soccer||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||2017||Major League Soccer||27||4||2||0||0||0||1||0||30||4|
|Chicago Fire||2018||Major League Soccer||13||1||–||3||0||–||16||1|
|FC Edmonton||2019||Canadian Premier League||5||0||0||0||0||0||–||5||0|
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