beIN Sport Soccer Analyst
|Full name||Ian Paul Joy|
|Date of birth||July 14, 1981|
|Place of birth||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|2005–2007||FC St. Pauli||87||(1)|
|2008–2009||Real Salt Lake||20||(0)|
|2009–2010||FC Ingolstadt 04||3||(0)|
|1999–2001||United States U-20||25||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ian Paul Joy (born July 14, 1981 in San Diego, California) is an American former soccer player. In 2011, Joy retired from playing and took a position as media staff with Real Salt Lake. Injuries during his soccer career held him back from playing at the very highest level in club soccer. For the 2012 season, Joy secured a new job providing colour commentary for FC Dallas. Joy now works for Aljazeera owned beIN Sport as a Soccer analyst.
Joy grew up in Bo'ness in Scotland, and as a teenager was a member of the youth academies of both Manchester United and Tranmere Rovers. He began his professional career in Europe, playing for clubs such as Montrose in Scotland, Kidderminster Harriers in England, and Hamburger SV and St. Pauli in Germany. Joy immediately became a fan favorite then won the Regionalliga Nord Championship with St. Pauli getting promotion to the German 2nd Bundesliga in his second season.
He signed for Real Salt Lake from German side St. Pauli in January 2008. Joy Played in 20 MLS games in 2008 helping Real Salt Lake to the MLS play offs for the first time in the franchise history. After a successful trial with German 3. Liga team Fortuna Düsseldorf in January 2009, Joy turned down the chance to return to Europe to continue his career in Major League Soccer. After struggling with injury in 2009, Joy asked to be released from his MLS contract and returned to Europe, There he signed a short term Contract with German 3. Liga team FC Ingolstadt 04 on September 16, 2009 and spent 3 months in injury rehabilitation.
Retirement from soccer
Joy announced his retirement from professional soccer, via his personal Twitter account in April 2011 and has began several business adventures. Joy often made an appearance as color commentator for ESPN 700 alongside Bill Riley, for Major league soccer team Real Salt Lake.
Ian Joy moved to beIN Sports in August 2012 where he currently works as a Soccer Analyst.
Joy's parents are British and live in Scotland, and as such Ian holds dual American and British citizenship. His father, Brian Joy, was also a professional soccer player, from the 1960s through to the early '80s in England and the US. Joy has a daughter, Madison Louise Joy, born on May 6 2006 in Hamburg, Germany.
- Stat at Ianjoy.com give "Over 50" and "25 full Internationals", which appears to be for u-20, the remained for u-18 and below. No caps for standard "Full International"
- "Ian Joy Announces His Retirement". ProstAmerika.com. April 26, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- "Ian Joy to Commentate for FC Dallas". ProstAmerika.com. February 12, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- "Timbers sign veteran defender Joy". USLsoccer.com. February 18, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010.