Mark Watson (Canadian soccer)

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Mark Watson
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Personal information
Full name Mark Stewart Watson
Date of birth (1970-09-08) 8 September 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
UBC Thunderbirds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 Ottawa Intrepid 22 (0)
1991 Hamilton Steelers 24 (1)
1992 Montreal Supra 20 (1)
1993–1994 Vancouver 86ers 10 (0)
1993–1995 Watford 18 (0)
1996 Columbus Crew 14 (0)
1996 New England Revolution 4 (1)
1997 Seattle Sounders 21 (1)
1997–1999 Östers IF 24 (0)
1998–2000 Oxford United 58 (0)
2000–2001 Oldham Athletic 2 (0)
2001 DC United 11 (0)
2002–2004 Charleston Battery 70 (3)
2005 Vancouver Whitecaps 17 (0)
2006–2007 Charleston Battery 20 (0)
National team
1991–2004 Canada 78 (3)
Teams managed
2004–2008 Canada (assistant)
2006–2009 Charleston Battery (assistant)
2007–2010 Canada U20 (assistant)
2010–2013 San Jose Earthquakes (assistant)
2013 San Jose Earthquakes (interim)
2013– San Jose Earthquakes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:47, 24 February 2007 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 December 2006

Mark Stewart Watson (born 8 September 1970) is a former Canadian professional soccer player who is currently the head coach of San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer. Watson has earned the second most caps in the history of the Canadian national team.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Watson spent 18 years as a professional soccer player. He spent three seasons with Watford FC of the English Championship from 1993–95 and then joined Major League Soccer for its inaugural season in 1996. He split that first MLS season between the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew. Watson returned to MLS in 2001 with D.C. United after stops with the Seattle Sounders, Oxford United and Oldham Athletic.

Canadian National Team[edit]

For Canada, Watson has appeared 78 times for the 'A' national team during a 14-year span. He has played in four World Cup qualifying campaigns.[2] and on the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup side that won the tournament. Watson scored the winning goal for Canada in the semi-final of the 2000 Gold Cup, a match Canada won 1–0 over Trinidad and Tobago.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 July 1993 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Australia 1–1 2–1 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 15 December 1996 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 24 February 2000 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 1–0 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Coaching career[edit]

Coaching the Earthquakes in 2013

Watson became interim head coach of San Jose Earthquakes on June 7, 2013.[3] Watson was introduced as the new head coach of the Earthquakes by general manager John Doyle at the club's 2013 Award Gala on Oct. 27 at The Fourth Street Summit Center in Downtown San Jose. Watson was 11-5-3 during his 19 league games as head coach, nearly rallying the Earthquakes to an MLS Cup Playoff berth. His mark 1.89 points per game was tops among all coaches after he took over. In addition to his success during MLS regular season games, Watson's squad advanced to the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals by winning Group 5. Following these successes and the gala, on October 30, 2013, the Earthquakes announced that they have signed Watson to a long-term deal, thereby removing the "interim" tag his position had had [1].

Watson's first win as an MLS head coach came on June 15, 2013 against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.[4] The Earthquakes won 2-1 in what was also Watson's first game as an MLS head coach.[4]

Prior to becoming the club’s interim head coach in June, Watson served as an assistant coach to Frank Yallop starting in 2010.[3] He began his coaching career in 2004 with the Canadian national team system where he held assistant positions with the U-20 and senior squads. Watson served as assistant coach for Canada at the 2004 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualification Tournament and was an assistant when the team finished third in the same tournament in 2008. He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Charleston Battery from 2006-09.

Coaching record[edit]

As of January 30, 2014

Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
San Jose Earthquakes June 7, 2013[3] Present 23 13 5 5 26 21 +5 56.52






  1. ^ Appearances for Canada National Team – RSSSF
  2. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  3. ^ a b c "San Jose Earthquakes part ways with longtime head coach Frank Yallop". Major League Soccer. June 7, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Recap: Quakes 2, Rapids 1". San Jose Earthquakes. June 15, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 

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