Earnie Stewart

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Earnie Stewart
Personal information
Full name Earnest Stewart
Date of birth (1969-03-28) 28 March 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Veghel, Netherlands
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
UDI'19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 VVV 62 (15)
1990–1996 Willem II 170 (49)
1996–2003 NAC 199 (50)
2003–2004 D.C. United 47 (4)
2004–2005 VVV-Venlo 6 (1)
Total 484 (119)
National team
1990–2004 United States 101 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Earnest "Big Ern" Stewart (born 28 March 1969) is a retired American soccer player who was a regular midfielder for the U.S. national team from 1990s until his retirement in 2005.

Early life and career[edit]

Stewart, the son of an African American U.S. Air Force airman Earnie Stewart, and his Dutch wife Annemien Stewart, grew up in the Netherlands, and began his professional career in that country in 1988 with VVV. He spent two years at the Dutch First Division (second-level) club before moving to Eredivisie side Willem II in 1990. By the end of 1990, he made his first appearance for the U.S. national team against Portugal.

In his first season at Willem II, he finished third on the goal-scoring list for the Dutch First Division, with 17. He went on to score 49 goals in six seasons there. In the meantime, he developed into a regular for the U.S. national team, starting all four games that the U.S. played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Most notably, he scored the goal that gave the U.S. its winning margin against Colombia in group play, the first World Cup game won by the U.S. since 1950. That game, sadly, would be more remembered for the own goal scored by Colombian defender Andrés Escobar, which led to Escobar's murder shortly after his return to Colombia. That goal was caused by an attempt to deflect a John Harkes shot away from Stewart, his intended target.

By 1996, Stewart had moved to NAC Breda, eventually spending more than six seasons at NAC. The club was relegated in 1999, but Stewart helped the club win the First Division in 2000, thereby earning promotion back to the Eredivisie. During his years at NAC, he also played in all of the U.S. team's matches at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, becoming one of only five U.S. men to play in three World Cups.

In January 2003, he left the Netherlands to play in Major League Soccer, and was allocated to D.C. United, where he won the MLS Cup in his second season. His scoring numbers did not equal his earlier high standards, as he tallied just four regular season goals and one playoff goal in MLS. He left DC after the 2004 season, coming back to the Netherlands and his original club, VVV-Venlo, where he became technical director following his retirement in 2005.

Stewart became the eighth U.S. man to make his 100th international appearance in a 2004 World Cup qualifier against Grenada. His 111 goals as a professional in the Netherlands makes him the highest-scoring American in international club play. He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2001.

He was named technical director of NAC Breda of the Dutch Eredivisie on May 14, 2006.

Earnest Stewart was appointed as AZ’s new Director of Football in June 2010. The 41-year-old American succeeds Marcel Brands, who has left AZ for PSV. Stewart left his post as Technical Director at NAC Breda by mutual consent.[1] Stewart long-term ambition is to return to United States soccer in an executive role: "One ambition I do have is to go back to the United States and to be of importance to soccer."[2]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 June 13, 1993 Chicago, Illinois  Germany 2–4 3–4 1993 U.S. Cup
2 August 31, 1993 Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3 June 22, 1994 Pasadena, California  Colombia 2–0 2–1 1994 FIFA World Cup
4 March 25, 1995 Dallas, Texas  Uruguay 2–0 2–2 Friendly
5 March 16, 1997 Palo Alto, California  Canada 3–0 3–0 1998 World Cup qualifying
6 May 24, 1998 Portland, Oregon  Kuwait 1–0 2–0 Friendly
7 June 3, 2000 Washington, D.C.  South Africa 4–0 4–0 2000 U.S. Cup
8 July 23, 2000 San Jose, Costa Rica  Costa Rica 1–1 1–2 2002 World Cup qualifying
9 August 16, 2000 Foxboro, Massachusetts  Barbados 7–0 7–0 2002 World Cup qualifying
10 November 15, 2000 Bridgetown, Barbados  Barbados 2–0 4–0 2002 World Cup qualifying
11 February 28, 2001 Columbus, Ohio  Mexico 2–0 2–0 2002 World Cup qualifying
12 March 28, 2001 San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Honduras 1–0 2–1 2002 World Cup qualifying
13 June 20, 2001 Foxboro, Massachusetts  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0 2–0 2002 World Cup qualifying
14 September 1, 2001 Washington, D.C.  Honduras 1–0 2–3 2002 World Cup qualifying
15 2–3
16 July 6, 2003 Columbus, Ohio  Paraguay 2–0 2–0 Friendly
17 July 26, 2003 Miami, Florida  Costa Rica 2–2 3–2 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup

U.S. National Team Appearances/Goals[edit]

[3]

National Team Year Apps Starts Goals Assists
United States
1990 1 1 0 0
1991 0 0 0 0
1992 7 2 0 0
1993 6 3 2 1
1994 7 5 1 0
1995 9 9 1 2
1996 5 5 0 1
1997 7 6 1 0
1998 9 8 1 0
1999 5 4 0 1
2000 8 7 4 4
2001 10 10 5 0
2002 10 9 0 0
2003 13 7 2 0
2004 4 1 0 1
Total 101 77 17 10

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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
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1988–89 VVV-Venlo Eredivisie 27 3
1989–90 Eerste Divisie 35 12
1990–91 Willem II Tilburg Eredivisie 33 17
1991–92 33 8
1992–93 22 4
1993–94 32 7
1994–95 32 10
1995–96 18 3
1996–97 NAC Breda Eredivisie 28 9
1997–98 30 6
1998–99 28 7
1999-00 Eerste Divisie 29 8
2000–01 Eredivisie 28 8
2001–02 31 10
2002–03 15 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2003 D.C. United Major League Soccer 21 1
2004 26 3
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 VVV-Venlo Eerste Divisie 6 1
Total Netherlands 427 115
USA 47 4
Career total 474 119

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Earnie Stewart – U.S. Soccer Media Guide". 2013 USMNT Media Guide. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 

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