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)|
|2007–2010||California Golden Bears|
|2010||Orange County Blue Star||1||(0)|
|2011–2014||New England Revolution||108||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 14, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
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 played 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.
- Frank Dell'Apa (February 11, 2011). "College star Soares doesn’t mind coming in cold". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- Frank Dell'Apa (January 14, 2011). "Revolution draft aids defense". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 18, 2014.