Jeff Agoos

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Jeff Agoos
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Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Alan Agoos
Date of birth (1968-05-02) May 2, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1986–1990 University of Virginia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Maryland Bays 5 (0)
1991–1992 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 30 (7)
1994 Los Angeles Salsa
1994–1995 SV Wehen 9 (0)
1996–2000 D.C. United 158 (7)
2000 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 0 (0)
2001–2004 San Jose Earthquakes 98 (6)
2005 MetroStars 27 (0)
National team
1988–2003 United States 134 (4)
Teams managed
1995 University of Virginia (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Agoos (born May 2, 1968) is a retired Swiss-born American soccer defender, and one of the all-time appearance leaders for the United States national team.[1] As of 2012, he is the radio color analyst for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Agoos won a record five MLS championships: three with D.C. United and two with the San Jose Earthquakes. He also won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup and was the 2001 MLS Defender of the Year. He was elected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Agoos (nicknamed Goose), was born in Geneva, Switzerland, when his father, who was a U.S. diplomat at the time, was posted there. He grew up in Texas, and attended J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. He was named a two-time Parade Magazine High School All-American as well as a Dallas All-Sports Athlete-of-the-Year. Agoos was raised Jewish,[2] and during the summer of 1985, was selected to represent the United States at the 1985 Maccabiah Games.[3]

Collegiate career[edit]

From 1986 to 1990, Agoos played soccer for Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia. During his four seasons with the Cavaliers, earned First-Team All-American honors twice, in 1988 and 1990. He finished second in Hermann Award voting his senior season.

In 1989, his junior year, Virginia went to the NCAA championship game where it fought the University of Santa Clara to a 1–1 draw after 4 overtimes. While the teams wanted to continue to play, NCAA officials ended the game and declared the two teams co-champions. At the time there were no penalty kicks to end a tie. At the end of the season, Agoos represented the United States at the 1989 Maccabiah Games.[3]

Professional[edit]

Upon graduating from college, Agoos played for the Maryland Bays of the A-League in 1991. On February 13, 1991, the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Indoor Soccer League drafted Agoos with the second overall pick of the 1991 draft. He played in thirty games in the 1991–1992 season, scoring seven goals. In 1992, he left the Sidekicks to play full-time for the U.S. national team, but Dallas again selected him in a draft, this time the 1993 Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) draft, but he did not re-sign with the team. On June 26, 1994, after being cut from the U.S. roster for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Agoos signed with the Los Angeles Salsa for the 1994 American Professional Soccer League season.[4] The Salsa went to the playoff semifinals that season as Agoos was selected Second Team All League. In the fall of 1994, he moved to Germany, where he played for SV Wehen during the 1994–95 season. Agoos returned from Germany in 1995 to sign with Major League Soccer. While waiting for the new league's first season, Agoos served as an assistant coach to Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia. In order to create a league, MLS allocated various recognized players to each team. As part of this process, the league allocated Agoos to D.C. United where he joined Bruce Arena, the team's first coach. That year, Agoos won the first MLS Championship as well as the U.S. Open Cup. He followed it up the next year with his second MLS Championship. In 1998, DC United achieved its greatest accomplishment when it defeated Vasco de Gama to take the Interamerican Cup. Agoos then won his third MLS Championship with DC United in 1999. He spent 2001 through 2004 with the San Jose Earthquakes, and proceeded to win his fourth and fifth MLS Championships. Agoos was named MLS Defender of the Year in 2001 and earned a place in the MLS Best XI three times (1997, 1999, and 2001). In 2005, Agoos was named to the league's tenth anniversary All-Time Best XI. He was traded to the MetroStars after the 2004 season for a fourth round draft pick. In ten years in MLS, Agoos scored 11 regular season goals and added 25 assists in 244 matches. In 2005, he was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI, before retiring December 8, 2005.

Career statistics[edit]

[5]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1994–95 Wehen Wiesbaden Regionalliga 9 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1996 D.C. United Major League Soccer 32 1
1997 29 1
1998 21 1
1999 30 2
2000 23 1
2001 San Jose Earthquakes 20 2
2002 12 0
2003 28 2
2004 24 1
2005 MetroStars 25 0
Total Germany 9 0
USA 244 11
Career total 253 11

National team[edit]

Agoos made his debut with the United States national team on January 10, 1988, against Guatemala.[6] His first national team goal came just three days later on January 13, 1988, also against Guatemala. He was the last member to be cut from the US squad for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and he burned his uniform upon hearing the news. He made the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France but did not play a single minute, in favor of David Regis. In the World Cup in South Korea/Japan at the age of 34, Jeff started the first three games (he scored an own goal to finish the scoring in the surprising win against Portugal) until he suffered a calf injury against Poland. He later missed the rest of the tournament. He was capped a total of 134 times for the U.S. Agoos earned his last cap against Wales on May 26, 2003.

Agoos was also a member of the 1992 Team USA Futsal team which won a silver medal at Hong Kong. He earned 10 caps and scored 2 goals with the futsal team.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 January 13, 1988 Guatemala City, Guatemala  Guatemala 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
2 November 14, 1993 Mission Viejo, California  Cayman Islands 4–0 8–1 Friendly match
3 January 20, 1996 Los Angeles, California  Guatemala 2–0 3–0 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 February 2, 2002 Pasadena, California  Costa Rica 2–0 2–0 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup final

Post-playing career[edit]

Agoos was named as New York Red Bulls' Technical Director on September 28, 2006, serving under head coach Bruce Arena. He officially joined the Bulls organization on January 1, 2007.[7] On January 7, 2008 he was promoted to Sporting Director.[8]

In 2009 Agoos was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

On March 28, 2011, Agoos was hired by the MLS as their Technical Director of Competition. He will work on planning and competition strategies.[9]

See also[edit]

Honors[edit]

United States[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link] Profile
  2. ^ "The Jewish Earthquake". JewishJournal.com. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Jeff Agoos". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved April 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Nigeria's Foul Act Merits Fair Punishment
  5. ^ "ジェフ・アグース". World-soccer.org. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.ussoccerplayers.com/player/agoos-jeff
  7. ^ [2] Technical director, Bulls
  8. ^ [3] Sporting Director promotion
  9. ^ Goff, Steven. [Tuesday kickaround: USA-Paraguay, USA-Spain, Marcelo Bielsa, Jeff Agoos, Chad Ochocinco, TV listings "Tuesday kickaround: USA-Paraguay, USA-Spain, Marcelo Bielsa, Jeff Agoos, Chad Ochocinco, TV listings"]. Soccer Insider. Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Doyle
San Jose Earthquakes captain
2001-2004
Succeeded by
Wade Barrett