Anthony Petch Ampaipitakwong (Thai: แอนโธนี่ เพ็ชร อําไพพิทักษ์วงศ์; born June 14, 1988) is a Thai-American football (soccer) player who plays as a Midfielder for Thai Leagues T1 club Bangkok United. He represented the Thailand national football team at an international match.
Anthony was born in Carrollton, Texas. His father is Thai and his mother is American.
College and amateur
Born in Carrollton, Texas, Ampaipitakwong helped the Akron Zips to their first national championship in 2010 with a win in the College Cup Final against Louisville. He was on the Hermann Trophy Watch List and was a College Soccer News Preseason All-American. He was a co-captain on a team that lost two games over two years. He was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First Team All-American and a Soccer America MVP First Team selection in 2009. He was winner of the NCAA Senior CLASS Award in 2010. His coach at Akron was Caleb Porter.
Ampaipitakwong started all 93 games he appeared in over his four-year career at Akron, scoring 17 goals and notching 30 assists. He scored three goals and had a career high 11 assists in his senior season. From 2003–05, Ampaipitakwong was a part of the United States U-17 national team Residency program in Bradenton, Fla.
During his college years Ampaipitakwong also played with the Bradenton Academics in the USL Premier Development League, scoring 6 goals in 45 league appearances over four seasons with the team.
Ampaipitakwong was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the second round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft (33rd overall). He signed with the club on March 1, 2011, and made his professional debut on March 19 in the first game of the 2011 MLS season, a 1–0 loss to Real Salt Lake. In June 2012, Ampaipitakwong signed a 2.5 year contract with Thai Premier League side Buriram United. In the second leg of the 2013 Thai Premier League Ampaipitakwong was bought from Buriram United by Bangkok United and signed a 2.5 year deal.
Ampaipitakwong represented the US Under-17 national team.
He is currently representing the Thailand national football team, as his father is Thai. He played his first match with the Thai national team in the match against Qatar on 17 March 2013.