Mark Dodd

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Mark Dodd
Personal information
Full name Mark Dodd
Date of birth (1965-09-14) September 14, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Dallas, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1986–1987 Duke
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 0 (0)
1990–1995 Colorado Foxes
1996–1999 Dallas Burn 92 (0)
National team
1990–1997 United States 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Dodd (born September 14, 1965, in Dallas, Texas) is a former U.S. soccer goalkeeper. He spent one season in the Major Indoor Soccer League, six in the American Professional Soccer League and four in Major League Soccer with the Dallas Burn. He also earned fifteen caps with the U.S. national team.

High school and college[edit]

Dodd attended Richardson High School, graduating in 1984. He then attended Duke University where he played college soccer. He became first team goalkeeper in 1986 and backstopped them to the NCAA Championship. It was Duke's first National Championship in any sport.[1]

MISL[edit]

Following the completion of his collegiate career, Dodd signed with the Dallas Sidekicks of the MISL.

APSL[edit]

In 1990, Dodd signed with the Colorado Foxes of the American Professional Soccer League. This was the first year of the APSL which was formed by the merger of the Western Soccer League and the American Soccer League. Dodd was named APSL West, Player of the Year and the first team All Star goalkeeper.[2] In both 1992 and 1993, the Foxes won back to back APSL championships.

MLS[edit]

The Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer selected Dodd in the 6th round (53d overall) of the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft, and became the team's starting keeper. He played for 31 games in the Burn's inaugural season and was named MLS's first Goalkeeper of the Year. Mark played four seasons for Dallas, setting records and making consecutive trips to the MLS All-Star game, as well as being named to the AT&T Best XI. In 1999, Matt Jordan replaced Dodd as the starting goalkeeper six games into the season when Dodd tore ligaments in his right hand. He had surgery on his right hand in February 2000 and retired soon after.

Dodd led the Burn to 1997 US Open Cup Title over DC United, which remains the only Championship ever won by the Dallas MLS Franchise.[citation needed]

Honors[edit]

National team[edit]

Dodd was an alternate on the 1998 World Cup Team. Dodd collected fifteen caps with the U.S. national team, the first coming September 15, 1990 against Trinidad and Tobago. Throughout his US National Team goalkeeping career he earned seven shutouts and also held a U.S. National Team record for most consecutive shutout minutes.

Preceded by
Inaugural
MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Brad Friedel