Joe Cannon (soccer)

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Joe Cannon
Joe Cannon
Cannon in October 2008
Personal information
Full name Joseph Cannon
Date of birth (1975-01-01) January 1, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Sun Valley, Idaho, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Saint Francis High School
1993 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
1995–1997 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 San Diego Flash 28 (0)
1999–2002 San Jose Earthquakes 101 (0)
2003 RC Lens 0 (0)
2003–2006 Colorado Rapids 86 (0)
2007 LA Galaxy 29 (0)
2008–2010 San Jose Earthquakes 70 (0)
2011–2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 56 (0)
Total 370 (0)
National team
2003–2005 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Joseph "Joe" Cannon (born January 1, 1975) is a retired American soccer player.

Professional[edit]

Club career[edit]

After playing college soccer at UC Santa Barbara and later at Santa Clara University[1] Cannon was not drafted by a Major League Soccer team and instead signed with the now-defunct San Diego Flash of the A-League in 1998. After a season with the Flash, he was signed by MLS's San Jose Earthquakes as the backup goalkeeper. After a shoulder injury sidelined starting goalkeeper David Kramer eight games into the 1999 season, Cannon manned the Quakes nets as the starter until 2002, leading the team to the MLS Cup championship in 2001 and winning his first MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2002.

Cannon left the Quakes in 2003, signing a six-month contract with RC Lens of France's Ligue 1. He was not able to break into the Lens first team, and left France after the season. The Earthquakes traded his rights to the Colorado Rapids for three draft picks. Cannon could not get into the squad in Colorado, as incumbent keeper Scott Garlick was playing well, but Rapids coach Tim Hankinson controversially made the switch for the playoffs. Although Colorado did not advance, Garlick was traded to the Dallas Burn, and Cannon kept his starting position.

In 2004, Cannon was one of the better goalkeepers in MLS, often keeping Rapids in games thanks to his play, and winning his second Goalkeeper of the Year award, being named to his first MLS Best XI and becoming a finalist for the MVP. On December 1, 2006, Cannon was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Herculez Gomez and Ugo Ihemelu.[2] He made his Galaxy debut April 8, 2007 in a 0-0 tie with the Houston Dynamo.

Cannon later returned to the Earthquakes via a trade with the Galaxy for allocation money on January 10, 2008.[3] He had a great year, though San Jose could not make the playoffs. During the season, he stopped 4 out of 6 penalty kicks he faced.[4]

Cannon with Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Cannon was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft.[5] He re-signed with Vancouver for the 2012 season in December 2011.[6]

Cannon retired following the 2013 MLS season.

International career[edit]

Cannon's father is Canadian, which made him eligible to have played for the Canadian national team, should he have chosen to do so. Joe turned down the chance, instead choosing to represent the United States National Team.

Cannon earned two caps with the US national team, his first coming against New Zealand on June 8, 2003.

Post-retirement[edit]

Joe Cannon currently provides color analysis for San Jose Earthquakes radio game broadcasts on KLIV.

Career statistics[edit]

As of July 8, 2014[7]
Club Season League Cup Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colorado Rapids 2003 MLS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004 MLS 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2005 MLS 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2006 MLS 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Total 94 0 0 0 0 0 94 0
LA Galaxy 2007 MLS 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
Total 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
San Jose Earthquakes 2008 MLS 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2009 MLS 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2010 MLS 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 70 0 0 0 0 0 70 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 MLS 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2012 MLS 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
2013 MLS 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 56 0 0 0 0 0 56 0
Career total 254 0 0 0 0 0 254 0

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Colorado Rapids[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Cannon. "Joe Cannon". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Galaxy acquire goalkeeper Cannon in trade with Rapids - USATODAY.com". 
  3. ^ "LA Galaxy trades goalkeeper Joe Cannon to San Jose". ESPNFC.com. 
  4. ^ San Jose Earthquakes acquire goalkeeper Joe Cannon, retrieved January 10, 2008 
  5. ^ "2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick". MLSsoccer.com. November 24, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "'Caps re-sign two | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. December 5, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Joe Cannon". MLSsoccer.com. 

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