John with the New England Revolution at the MLS Cup 2006
|Full name||Avery John|
|Date of birth||18 June 1975|
|Place of birth||Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|1998||New Orleans Storm||0||(0)|
|2004–2008||New England Revolution||75||(0)|
|1996–2010||Trinidad and Tobago||65||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).
Youth and College
John attended Vessigny [Antilles] Government Secondary School and then Presentation College, and played college soccer for Yavapai College in Arizona and American University in Washington, DC. In his four seasons with American, John was named First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association and Second Team All-South Atlantic Region in his second year. In that same year, he helped win the CAA Championship and bring the team into the NCAA Quarterfinals.
In July 1998, John joined the New Orleans Storm of the USISL. In 2000, upon graduating, John played briefly in the American A-League, with the Steve Nicol-coached Boston Bulldogs. John spent much of his early professional career playing in the League of Ireland. John is perhaps best known in Ireland for playing for Bohemians, with whom he spent two spells and worked under three different managers. John was a fan favourite with Bohemians, where he became a cult figure who had several songs in his honour. John also had a brief spell with Shelbourne, and Longford Town after having been denied a work permit to sign for Colchester United following a successful pre season in 2002.
John moved to the United States to play for New England Revolution, and his old coach Steve Nicol, in Major League Soccer in 2004. With the Revolution, John was a regular member of the starting line-up in all his four years with the team, and despite with injuries, international duty, and occasional loss of form, never appeared in fewer than 10 games in a season.
On 1 May 2008, John signed with Miami FC of the USL First Division, and played 15 games for the side. On 23 April 2009, he signed with D.C. United, after the team completed a trade for his rights. The Revolution, which had retained his MLS rights, traded those rights, in exchange for a conditional draft pick in either the 2010 or 2011 MLS SuperDraft. John was released by D.C. United on 20 January 2010.
John has appeared in over 50 matches with the Trinidad and Tobago national team. In his first match at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was dismissed with his second yellow card for a rash tackle on Sweden's Christian Wilhelmsson, making John the first player to be sent off in the tournament and causing him to miss Trinidad and Tobago's high profile game with England.
- American Alum Avery John to Play in the World Cup :: Defender will play for Trinidad & Tobago
- STORM NOTES Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans , LA) – Saturday, 8 August 1998
- DC United signs defender Avery John