Ian Russell (soccer)
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|Full name||Ian Russell|
|Date of birth||August 30, 1975|
|Place of birth||Seattle, WA, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2000-05||San Jose Earthquakes||131||(5)|
|2007||Los Angeles Galaxy||3||(0)|
|2008-||San Jose Earthquakes (Assistant Coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Russell attended the University of Washington on a soccer scholarship and was a three-time (1995–97) All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team selection. He then played for the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division in 1998 and 1999. He won the offensive MVP award in 1999.
After being drafted from the Seattle Sounders in 2000, Russell played for seven seasons in Major League Soccer. Six of those seasons were with the San Jose Earthquakes; Russell appeared in 131 games. A pacy midfielder, he scored five goals and 20 assists, helping the Quakes win two MLS Cups, in 2001 and 2003. He is ninth all-time in Quakes history in assists and is tied for first in club history in playoff appearances with 14. His best season with San Jose came in 2001, when he scored three goals and nine assists, while starting all 26 regular season games and all six playoffs games.
Russell began coaching while playing for the Seattle Sounders and has continued coaching in the Bay Area, including running camps and directing training sessions for numerous youth teams in the South Bay.
Russell returned to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008, as assistant coach. During his first year with the club, Russell helped the team make a very successful return to MLS. This included the team's posting the best record for any expansion team since 1998 with eight wins, 33 points and 32 goals scored. The Quakes also posted a nine-game unbeaten streak from July 12-Sept. 27, which was the longest unbeaten streak in the league in 2008 and the second longest ever by an expansion team.
In the offseason, Russell successfully completed the U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license course.