Chris Armas

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Chris Armas
Personal information
Full name Chris Armas
Date of birth (1972-08-27) August 27, 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Bronx, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1990–1993 Adelphi Panthers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Long Island Rough Riders
1996–1997 Los Angeles Galaxy 50 (4)
1998–2007 Chicago Fire 214 (8)
National team
1993 Puerto Rico 5 (0)
1998–2005 United States 66 (2)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Chicago Fire (assistant)
2011 - Adelphi University (Womens)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Chris Armas (born August 27, 1972 in Bronx, New York) is a retired American soccer player. He is currently the head women's soccer coach at Adelphi University. He was also a teacher of physical education at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, New York.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Armas is of Puerto Rican descent. He attended Adelphi University from 1990–1993, amassing 17 goals and 15 assists over the four years, and was named an NCAA Division I First Team All-American his senior year.

Professional[edit]

After graduation, Armas spent 1994 and 1995 playing for the USISL's Long Island Rough Riders, being selected as a USISL All-Star. In 1995, the Rough Riders defeated the Minnesota Thunder in the USISL's Pro League Championship. Besides Armas, the 1995 Rough Riders also included such future MLS standouts like Tony Meola, Giovanni Savarese and Jim Rooney.

In 1996, Armas was drafted by Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft, and played a significant role in their first and second seasons. Chicago Fire acquired Armas in a trade for their inaugural 1998 campaign. It was with the 1998 Chicago Fire team that Armas emerged as an exceptional player, helping them win their first (and only) MLS Championship that year. Between 1998 and 2001, Armas was named to the MLS Best XI four consecutive times, his streak only being broken by an ACL injury that kept him out of much of the 2002 campaign; Armas was named to his fifth Best XI after the 2003 MLS season, in addition to being named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year. He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2000. In ten years in MLS, he totaled 11 goals and 41 assists, plus added four goals and four assists in the playoffs.

On April 19, 2007, Armas announced that the 2007 MLS season with the Chicago Fire would be his last, as he decided to retire. His retirement was made official on November 13, 2007, after spending 12 years in MLS.

International[edit]

Armas played for Puerto Rico in the 1993 Caribbean Cup. The competition was not then recognised by FIFA and so his five matches were classed as friendlies. He was therefore later allowed to switch his allegiance to the United States,[1][2] for whom he made his debut November 6, 1998 against Australia. He went on to register 66 caps. Unfortunately for Armas, he did not break into the squad until soon after the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and his ACL injury came just before the 2002 FIFA World Cup, so he was never able to play for the United States in the world's most prestigious soccer competition. He was named as a standby player for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and did not feature in the final squad.

Personal[edit]

Armas and his wife, Justine, have two sons, named Christopher and Aleksei. He is currently the head women's soccer coach at Adelphi University. He also taught physical education at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, New York, the high school from which he graduated.

Career statistics[edit]

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Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1996 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 22 1 0 0 6 2 0 0 28 3
1997 28 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 30 3
1998 Chicago Fire 31 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 39 1
1999 22 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 25 1
2000 16 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 25 0
2001 21 0 1 0 6 1 0 0 28 1
2002 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2003 25 2 4 1 4 1 0 0 33 4
2004 21 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
2005 22 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 23 2
2006 27 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 29 1
2007 25 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 28 0
Total USA 264 12 14 1 37 4 0 0 315 17
Career total 264 12 14 1 37 4 0 0 315 17

Honors[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Lewis (February 2001). "Now You See Him". Soccer Digest. Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ Chris Armas (1972-08-27). "Chris Armas". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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