Ian Joy

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Ian Joy
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beIN Sport Soccer Analyst
Personal information
Full name Ian Paul Joy
Date of birth (1981-07-14) July 14, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1994–1996 Manchester United
1996–2000 Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Montrose 28 (2)
2001 Kidderminster Harriers 33 (0)
2002–2003 Chester City 9 (0)
2004–2005 Hamburger SV 44 (0)
2005–2007 FC St. Pauli 87 (1)
2008–2009 Real Salt Lake 20 (0)
2009–2010 FC Ingolstadt 04 3 (0)
2010 Portland Timbers 21 (0)
Total 245 (3)
National team
1999–2001 United States U-20 25 (0[1])
* 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.[2] For the 2012 season, Joy secured a new job providing color commentary for FC Dallas.[3] Joy now works for beIN Sports 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.

Joy signed with Portland Timbers of the USSF D2 Pro League on February 18, 2010 where he captained the team for the 2010 season.[4]

Retirement from soccer[edit]

Joy announced his retirement from professional soccer, via his personal Twitter account in April 2011 and has begun 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. He also works as a color commentator for NYCFC matches on the YES Network.


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.


  1. ^ 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"
  2. ^ "Ian Joy Announces His Retirement". ProstAmerika.com. April 26, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ian Joy to Commentate for FC Dallas". ProstAmerika.com. February 12, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Timbers sign veteran defender Joy". USLsoccer.com. February 18, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 

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