Kiki Lara

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Kiki Lara
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Lara
Date of birth (1981-07-24) July 24, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Las Cruces, NM, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dayton Flyers (assistant coach)
Youth career
1997-2000 Bollettieri Soccer Academy
2000-2004 UIW Cardinals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004-2006 Minnesota Thunder 38 (1)
2007-2008 Portland Timbers 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ricardo "Kiki" Lara (born July 24, 1981 in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is a retired American soccer player who last played for the USL First Division side Portland Timbers and currently works as assistant coach of the Dayton Flyers.[1]


Lara played college soccer in San Antonio, Texas at the University of the Incarnate Word. He captained the team from 2001 to 2003 and was also named an All-American in each of those 3 seasons. In 2004, he joined the Minnesota Thunder and played 26 games in his inaugural season.[2] He then played 19 times and scored one goal the following campaign.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

He started besides his playing career, 1995 as coach by the New Mexico soccer club Las Cruces Strikers,[4] an youth soccer club founded by his sister Linda Lara.[5] In 2005 besides his playing career with the Minnesota Thunder, worked as the assistant coach of the Washington State University women's soccer program.[6]

On 8 June 2009 was named as Assistant coach of the NCAA men's soccer team Dayton Flyers of the University of Dayton affiliation.[7]


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