A. J. Soares

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A. J. Soares
Personal information
Full name Anthony J. Soares
Date of birth (1988-11-28) November 28, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Solana Beach, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Viking FK
Number 5
Youth career
2007–2010 California Golden Bears
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Orange County Blue Star 1 (0)
2011–2014 New England Revolution 108 (6)
2015– Viking FK 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 23, 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony J. Soares (born November 28, 1988 in Solana Beach, California) is an American soccer player who plays for Viking FK.


College and Amateur[edit]

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,[1] Pac-10 Player of the Year,[2] Goal.com Player of the Year.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

In 2010 Soares made one appearance for Orange County Blue Star in the USL Premier Development League.[6]


Soares was chosen by New England Revolution as the sixth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[7] Soares started and played the entire 2014 MLS Cup.

In February 2015, Soares was presented as the newest addition to the Norwegian Tippeligaen club Viking FK, after a failed transfer to Hellas Verona where complications arose due to a clause in Rafael Marquez's contract which activated a salary boost should the club sign another defender. [8]


Soares' father is Portuguese and was born in the Azores.[9] He also holds an Italian passport.[10]


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