Juli Veee

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Julie Veee
Juli Veee 2005 by Patty Mooney.jpg
Personal information
Full name Gyula Visnyei
Date of birth (1950-02-22) February 22, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975 Los Angeles Aztecs 20 (6)
1976 San Jose Earthquakes 13 (0)
1976-1977 Lierse 28 (8)
1977-1978 Standard Liège 19 (5)
1978-1982 San Diego Sockers 164 (33)
1979-1980 New York Arrows (MISL) 26 (29)
1981-1982 San Diego Sockers (NASL indoor) 18 (51)
1982-1983 San Diego Sockers (MISL) 37 (57)
1983-1984 San Diego Sockers (NASL indoor) 28 (45)
1984-1985 Las Vegas Americans (MISL) 39 (50)
1985-1988 San Diego Sockers (MISL) 115 (101)
National team
1976-1982 United States 4 (2)
Teams managed
2005- La Costa Canyon High School
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Juli Veee (born on February 22, 1950 in Budapest, Hungary as Gyula Visnyei) is a retired Hungarian American soccer forward. Announced as "Double-deuce, triple-E, the one and only Juli Veee",[1] Veee experienced his greatest success as an indoor player with the San Diego Sockers. He also earned four caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team.

Youth[edit]

Veee grew up impoverished in Budapest, Hungary. The communist government controlled nearly every aspect of a Hungarian's life and when Veee turned fifteen he was given a choice, pursue a career in table tennis or soccer. He chose soccer. Chafing under the restrictions of his totalitarian, communist homeland, Veee defected when he was eighteen years old while on a tour of Western Europe with the Hungarian U-21 national team. He began his professional career in France before moving to the United States.

NASL[edit]

In 1975, he moved to the U.S. where he signed with the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League. That season, he played in nineteen games, scoring six goals. He was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes for the 1976 season.

At the completion of the 1976 NASL season, Veee moved to Belgium where he signed with First Division club Lierse. He spent one season with Lierse before moving to Standard Liège for the 1977-1978 season.[1] Veee returned to the NASL to play for the San Diego Sockers from 1978-1982. Veee was a fan favorite for the Sockers. His technique and skills were very impressive. Although very talented as an outdoor player, he would become better known as an indoor soccer player.

NASL- Indoor

The NASL started an indoor league, in which the Sockers participated in 1980-81, 1981–82, 1983-84. San Diego won the championship in the 1981-82 and 1983-84 seasons. Julie Veee was their star. He went on to play with the Sockers in the MISL. Overall, the Sockers won 10 indoor soccer championship (two in the NASL, and eight more in the MISL). Veee finished his career with the Sockers with 254 goals and 214 assists. He was one of the pioneers of indoor soccer who made a great adjustment from the outdoor game.

MISL[edit]

He began his indoor career with the New York Arrows of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). His greatest achievement in soccer probably came as he led the San Diego Sockers to five championships. He was MVP three times. He was the 1982-1983 championship series MVP. At the end of the 1984 season, the Sockers traded Veee to the Las Vegas Americans for whom he played a single season. In 1985 he returned to the Sockers and finished his career with them in 1988. He finished his career with the Sockers with 254 goals and 214 assists.

National team[edit]

Veee earned four caps with the US national team after he became a US citizen. His first game with the national team came in an October 15, 1976 loss to Mexico. He scored his first national team goal five days later in a victory over Canada. He played one more game in 1976, then did not earn another cap until his last one. That came in the only game the U.S. played in 1982, a 2-1 victory over Trinidad on March 21, 1982. Veee also scored his second national team goal in that game.

Veee was also a member of the U.S. team which qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics. While Veee scored a goal in the U.S. tie with Surinam which led to the U.S. qualifying for the games, President Carter cancelled the U.S. participation in those games as punishment for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Because FIFA does not recognize Olympic and Olympic qualifying matches as full internationals, these games are not included in Veee's national team statistics.

Post playing career[edit]

After retiring in 1988, Veee found himself out of work and penniless. While he had become an artist and book collector these did not provide enough income at the time for him to make a living. A local youth coach who knew Veee asked him to help out with the coach's team. Veee needed income, so he agreed. He quickly discovered that he loved coaching and it has become his second career.[2] His coaching jobs include three years with the San Dieguito Surf and two years as coach of the Pegasus. He has been with the youth club Encinitas Express for the last eighteen years and is currently the club's Director of Coaching. In 2005, became the head coach of the La Costa Canyon High School girls team. He decided to become a high school coach due to dissatisfaction with regression his club players experienced during the high school season. Veee concluded that the low quality of high school soccer hurt his club and decided the best way to raise that quality was through his personal attention.[3]

Veee signed with the LA Rams(NFL) as a placekicker but never played a game.

In 1997, the San Diego Breitbard Hall of Fame inducted Veee, the first soccer player so honored.[4]

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