Player Details


Jalil Anibaba


6' 0"


185 lbs

Date of Birth

10.19.1988 (33)


Fontana, CA United States


2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

Versatile defender has played center back and right back across six MLS seasons. Signed with the Dynamo on January 11, 2016.

2017 MLS: Will miss the Second Leg of the Western Conference Championship due to a red card suspension ... Made his third postseason start with the Dynamo in a 2-0 loss vs. Seattle Sounders on November 21 ... Dished his first postseason assist in a 2-1 win at Portland Timbers on November 5 ... Came in as a sub for DF Leonardo in the 41st minute of a 1-0 win vs. Sporting Kansas City during the Knockout Round of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on October 26 ... Started and played 90 minutes in four games ... Came in as a sub for Mauro Manotas in a 3-1 win at D.C. United on July 22 ... Came in as a sub for Leonardo in a 0-0 draw at FC Dallas on May 28 ... Made his season debut in a 4-1 win vs. New York Red Bulls on April 1 ... OPEN CUP: Started and played 120 minutes in a 3-2 win at North Carolina FC in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 14 ... Started and played 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss against Sporting Kansas City in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 28

2016 MLS: Saw action in 30 games with 28 starts in his first season with the Dynamo and led the club with 2,614 minutes played … Made 150th career MLS regular season appearance on 8/27 vs. FC Dallas … Donned a goalkeeper shirt for the final 10 minutes at San Jose Earthquakes on 5/11 after GK Tyler Deric was sent off and the Dynamo had no more subs available … Registered his 11th career assist and first as a Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders FC on 4/11 … Made his Dynamo debut vs. New England Revolution on 3/6

2015 MLS: Selected by Orlando City SC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft, then traded to Sporting Kansas City … Started 14 of 16 appearances, recorded one goal and four assists, and contributed to eight clean sheets (1265 minutes played) … Made his Sporting KC debut with a 90-minute performance in a 0-0 draw against Portland on March 21 … Scored his first goal for Sporting KC in the 91st minute of a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on April 5 … Assisted Paulo Nagamura's game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Chicago on May 3 … Assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 4-2 win over New England on May 20 … Assisted Benny Feilhaber's goal in a 4-0 win over FC Dallas on May 29 … MLS Cup Playoffs: Did not feature … Open Cup: Started and played 90 minutes in a 6-2 fifth round win over FC Dallas on July 1

2014 MLS: Traded to Seattle Sounders FC in January 2014 … Appeared in 16 regular season games with 14 starts … Assisted on Kenny Cooper's goal in a 4-4 draw with the Portland Timbers on April 5 … MLS Playoffs: Came off the bench in stoppage time of a 1-0 loss to LA Galaxy on November 23 … Open Cup: Appeared in four matches with three starts … Played 120 minutes of 3-1 quarterfinal win over Portland Timbers

2013 MLS: Started all 34 regular season matches … Set career highs with 34 appearances, 3,060 minutes and three assists … Tied for team and league lead in games played and minutes played … Scored one goal vs. Dallas (10/12) … Open Cup: Started and played full 90 minutes in four Open Cup matches

2012 MLS: Appeared in 33 matches, starting 32 … Scored one goal and added one assist. MLS Playoffs … MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played 75 minutes of the Fire’s 2-1 loss to the Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Match (10/31) … Open Cup: Played entire match of team’s 3-2 overtime loss in the U.S. Open Cup

2011 MLS: Drafted 9th overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire … Appeared in 29 matches, starting 27 and logged 2,500 minutes, ranking second among Fire defenders behind only Gonzalo Segares … Split time between right back and center back … Tallied his first career assist on Dominic Oduro’s 89th minute strike in a 2-1 loss vs. LA (4/17) … Became just the fourth Fire rookie and first defender all-time to tally a brace, scoring two first-half headers in a 3-2 victory vs. CLB (10/22) … Open Cup: Joined goalkeeper Sean Johnson as the only two players to appear in all six qualifying and tournament matches of the U.S. Open Cup, logging 385 minutes … Scored from 40 yards out in USOC matches vs. Colorado (3/30), voted the club’s 2011 Goal of the Year by Fire supporters

INTERNATIONAL: Traveled to Mexico with U.S. U-18 National Team in early 2007 and was part of the side that took part in the Pan-American Games that July in Rio de Janeiro.

COLLEGE: 2010: Transferred to the University of North Carolina for his senior season, appearing in 24 matches while helping the Tar Heels to their third straight NCAA College Cup appearance. Capped his college career by earning NSCAA Second Team All-American honors. 2009: Appeared in 20 games, tallying two assists during his final season at Santa Clara … Team captain, earning All-WCC honors for the third consecutive season … All-WCC First Team pick for the second time … NSCAA All-West Region team … 2008: Appeared in 19 matches, tallying 2 goals and 2 assists for the Broncos … Led the team with 34 shots … Named All-WCC Second Team … Was a Soccer America Preseason All-American … 2007: Started all 22 games, tallying one goal and two assists while leading team in minutes played with 2,035 … Started first two games of career in midfield … Notched first career assist vs. Vermont Sept. 2 … Moved from midfield to central defense vs. Stanford (9/14) and started at center back every game after that … Team went 13-1-4 in games Anibaba started in central defense … WCC Freshman of the Year and All-WCC First Team … Top Drawer Soccer Team of Season All Freshman First Team.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: A 2007 graduate from Davis Senior High School in Davis, Calif. … Named Gatorade California Player of the Year for soccer in 2006-07 … Named Delta Valley Conference MVP in 2006-07 as a senior after scoring 16 goals and recording 12 assists … Led team to a 22-1-2 record and a berth in the sectional playoffs … Participated in soccer and basketball … Helped soccer team to section championship during junior year and led Davis to league title in 2006 … Named All-League from 2004-2006 … Named All-Metro from 2005-2006 … Earned league's Defensive MVP award in 2005 … Club team was the champion of the Nomads gold bracket

PERSONAL: Born in Fontana, Calif. … Enjoys playing basketball, listening to music and researching Yoruba music and culture … Loves to vacation in Northern California … Likes any movie with Denzel Washington … Biggest influence is his father … Respects Jay Jay Okocha because of his dribbling abilities and loved to watch the Nigerian National Team because of his heritage … Goes by the nickname “Ja”