A. J. Soares
|Full name||Anthony J. Soares|
|Date of birth||November 28, 1988|
|Place of birth||Solana Beach, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||New England Revolution|
|2007–2010||California Golden Bears|
|2010||Orange County Blue Star||1||(0)|
|2011–||New England Revolution||76||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 1, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Anthony J. Soares (born November 28, 1988 in Solana Beach, California) is an American soccer player who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer. He is a citizen and holds passports in both the United States and Italy.
College and Amateur
Soares attended Torrey Pines High School where he was the captain for his junior and senior seasons, and won the 2005 Division 1 CIF Championship. He was a member of the California ODP team from 2001–2006, and was a national champion with the Cal-South 88 club team, before going on to play college soccer at the University of California, Berkeley.
As the Cal co-captain in 2010, Soares was named an National Soccer Coaches Association of America First Team All American, Pac-10 Player of the Year, Goal.com Player of the Year. Soares entered college at California as an attacking player, but head coach Kevin Grimes converted him to a central defender because of his size and strength. However, he still managed to score five goals in his final collegiate season while anchoring a stingy Bear defense; during this campaign, he was named a semifinalist for the 2010 Hermann Trophy.
Soares was chosen by New England Revolution as the sixth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He made his professional debut on March 20, 2011, in the Revs' first game of the 2011 MLS season against Los Angeles Galaxy. He made his second professional appearance, which was his home opener for the Revs, against DC United.
Soares is a resident of Brighton, Massachusetts during the Major League Soccer season, and Solana Beach, CA during the off season. His best friend is Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco. The two met at age eight while playing for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club, and played on the same teams all the way until they were each signed to their current teams in 2011.