Michael Brady

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Mike Brady
Personal information
Full name Michael Brady
Date of birth (1964-07-07) 7 July 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfield / Forward
Youth career
1982-1985 American University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985 Club España
1985-1987 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 48 (5)
1986 Los Angeles Heat ? (5)
1988-1989 Washington Diplomats
1990 Penn-Jersey Spirit 5 (1)
1991 Maryland Bays 3 (2)
1993 Tampa Bay Rowdies
1994-1995 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 8 (0)
1997 Cape Cod Crusaders
National team
1984-1985 United States 3 (0)
Teams managed
1991 American University
1993-1996 The Potomac School
2000-2008 American University
2008- Duke University (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Brady, a native of Coventry, England is a retired English-American soccer player who is an assistant coach for the Duke University men's soccer team. He previously coached the American University women’s soccer team. He played professionally, both indoors and out, in the United States. He also earned three caps with the U.S. national team in 1984 and 1985.



In 1981, Brady traveled from Coventry to Jacksonville, Florida for a trial with the Jacksonville Tea Men. On the advice of the coaching staff, he elected to attend college in the United States instead. After some thought, he chose American University, a private college located in Washington, D.C.. Brady spent four seasons with the AU Eagles as both a midfielder and forward. In 1985, the Eagles went to the championship match only to fall to UCLA in eight overtimes.[1] Brady was a first team All American as a midfielder in 1983 and as a forward in 1985 and finished his career as the 1985. He was a second team All American in 1984, but his greatest honor came when he was named the 1985 SoccerAmerica college Player of the Year. He finished his collegiate career with 65 goals and 29 assists. He holds the season goal scoring record with 24 goals as a senior. In 1986, AU retired Brady’s jersey number, 14. While he had not yet completed his degree requirements, like many athletes, Brady left school to pursue a professional career. However, he would return and earn a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1992. In 2007, American University inducted Brady into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

In the summer of 1985, Brady played for the Club España of Washington D.C. The amateur team won the 1985 National Amateur Cup.[2]


When Brady entered the professional ranks, he began an itinerant journey through U.S. soccer. The 1980s and 1990s were characterized by players jumping from one failing indoor and outdoor club in an attempt to play the game they loved. Brady began his professional career with the Baltimore Blast of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). In 1985, he spent a season with the Los Angeles Heat of the Western Soccer Alliance (WSA) where he scored five goals, tied for eight on the alliance’s goals list.[3] In 1988 and 1989, he played with the Washington Diplomats of the American Soccer League (ASL), earning All Star status in 1989.[4] In 1990, the ASL and WSA merged to form the American Professional Soccer League.[5] In 1993, he played three games with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (APSL). In 1994, he signed with the Baltimore Blast. He played eleven games, then retired. In 1997, he came out of retirement to play one season with the Cape Cod Crusaders of the USISL.

National team[edit]

In 1983, Brady was a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1983 World University games. He then earned three caps with the U.S. national team while still in college. His first cap came when he replace Jeff Hooker in a November 30, 1984 scoreless tie with Ecuador. A week later, he came on for Amr Aly in another tie with Ecuador. His last cap came, again as a substitute, this time for Dan Canter on June 16, 1985.


While with the Maryland Bays in 1991, Brady also served as the head coach for the American University women’s soccer team. In 1993, he became the head coach of the boy’s soccer team at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. He served in that capacity for four years before moving to Premier Soccer Associates which runs soccer camps and clinics. In 2000, he returned to American University where he became the coach of the women’s team again. In 2008, he resigned his position at American to join Duke as the top assistant.[6]

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