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John Best (soccer)

John Best
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-07-11) 11 July 1940 (age 73)
Place of birthLiverpool, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing positionDefender
Senior career*
1960–1961Tranmere Rovers7(0)
1961–1962Stockport County0(0)
1962–1967Philadelphia Ukrainians
1967Philadelphia Spartans12(1)
1968Cleveland Stokers32(0)
1968–1969California Jaguars
1969–1973Dallas Tornado93(0)
1974Seattle Sounders0(0)
National team
1973United States1(0)
Teams managed
1974-1976Seattle Sounders
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Best (born July 11, 1940 in Liverpool, England) is a former U.S.-English soccer defender. He spent six seasons in the North American Soccer League where he was a five time first team All Star. He later coached the NASL Seattle Sounders and served as the general manager of the Sounders and the Vancouver Whitecaps. He also earned one cap with the U.S. national team in 1973.


Best began his career in England. Although this portion of his life is vague,he played for Liverpool FC in 1959 under the new manager, Bill Shankly, after which he played seven games with [1]

National team

Best earned his one cap with the U.S. national team in a March 17, 1963 game with Bermuda. Best began the game, a 4-0 loss, and came off for Johnny Moore.


In 1974, the NASL expansion team [3]

General manager

After leaving the Sounders, Best moved north to become the [4] The Sounders turned their season around and went to the championship game, only to lose to the New York Cosmos. Despite this success, the team was losing money after its sale to new ownership in January 1983, Best left the team.

Later years

Best remained in the Seattle area, founding Tacoma Indoor Soccer, Inc, which became the ownership group for the [5]

In 1990, Best was diagnosed with kidney disease and in 2002 received a kidney transplant from his wife, Claudia.[6]


  • NASL Championships: 1971, 1973 (runner-up)
  • NASL First Team All Star: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973

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