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Mike Fox (soccer)

Mike Fox
Personal information
Full name Michael Fox
Date of birth (1961-09-24) September 24, 1961
Place of birth Covina, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1979-1982 Cal State Fullerton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983-1984 New York Cosmos 7 (0)
1984-1985 Las Vegas Americans (indoor) 41 (22)
1986 Los Angeles Heat
1985-1990 Wichita Wings (indoor) 230 (78)
1990 California Emperors
1991 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 18 (4)
1991-1992 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 17 (7)
1993-1994 Wichita Wings (indoor) 7 (1)
1993-1994 Los Angeles Salsa
National team
1984-1988 United States 16 (0)
Teams managed
United F.C.

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Michael “Mike” Fox (born September 24, 1961) is a retired American soccer midfielder. He began his professional career with the New York Cosmos in 1983 and ended it with the Los Angeles Heat in 1994. In between those two teams, he played for numerous teams in multiple indoor and outdoor league. He also earned seventeen caps with the U.S. national team and was a member of the U.S. 1984 Olympic soccer team.

Contents

  • College 1
  • Professional 2
  • National and Olympic teams 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

College

Fox attended college at Cal State Fullerton where he played on the men’s soccer team. He was a prolific scorer during his college career, netting 10 goals in 1980, 11 in 1981 and 17 in 1982. He also holds the school’s season record for assists with 13 in 1980.[1] In 1982, Fox was selected as a second team All American.[2]

Professional

The New York Cosmos of the American Soccer League selected Fox in the 1983 NASL College Draft. He played with the team from 1983 to 1984. Fox played one season with the Las Vegas Americans of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1984 to 1985.[3] He played seven games, scoring one goal with the Wichita Wings during the 1993-1994 National Professional Soccer League season.[4] He played the 1986 Western Soccer Alliance season with the Los Angeles Heat.[5] In August 1990, he signed a three year contract with the California Emperors of the American Professional Soccer League.[6] However, the Emperors folded at the end of the season. In February 1991, he signed with the St. Louis Storm.[7] In October 1991, he moved to the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League.[8] In January 1992,he suffered a season ending knee injury.[9] He also spent two seasons, 1993 and 1994 with the Los Angeles Salsa of the American Professional Soccer League.[10]

National and Olympic teams

While playing for the Cosmos, Fox also played for the U.S. Olympic Team as it prepared for the 1984 Olympics. During those two years, he was the team’s leading scorer. He played all three U.S. games at the 1984 Summer Olympics[11] While the IOC allowed professionals at the 1984 Olympics, FIFA does not the games as full internationals. Therefore, these games and Fox’s goals in them to not count as part of his stats with the national team. Fox earned seventeen caps with the national team between 1984 and 1988. His last official U.S. game was a scoreless tie with Ecuador on June 12, 1988.[12]

He coaches for United F.C., a youth club, in California.

References

  1. ^ CS Fullerton Soccer Records
  2. ^ 1982 All Americans
  3. ^ Las Vegas Americans
  4. ^ 1993-1994 MISL
  5. ^ 1986 WSA
  6. ^ FOX SIGNS WITH CALIFORNIA TEAM, WON'T RETURN TO WINGS THIS SEASON Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - Friday, August 31, 1990
  7. ^ Storm Signs Fox , Cuts Moser St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Tuesday, February 12, 1991
  8. ^ Veteran Fox joins Wave as midfielder The Milwaukee Journal - Thursday, October 31, 1991
  9. ^ Knee injury sidelines Wave's Fox for remainder of season Milwaukee Sentinel - Wednesday, January 22, 1992
  10. ^ 1994 APSL
  11. ^ XXIII. Olympiad Los Angeles 1984 Football Tournament
  12. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1980-1989

External links

  • Cal State-Fullerton profile
  • NASL/MISL stats
  • FIFA player profile
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