Mike Mekelburg

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Mike Mekelburg
Personal information
Full name Michael Mekelburg, Jr.
Date of birth (1975-02-20) February 20, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1993-1996 South Florida Bulls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Tampa Bay Mutiny 0 (0)
1997-1998 Baltimore Spirit (indoor) 3 (0)
1998 Milwaukee Rampage 17 (4)
1999 Charleston Battery 19 (1)
1999 Raleigh Capital Express 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mike Mekelburg is a retired American soccer midfielder who played professionally in the USISL and National Professional Soccer League.

Youth[edit]

Mekelburg grew up in Tampa, Florida, playing for Tampa's Black Watch S.C.[1] In 1993, he graduated from George D. Chamberlain High School where he played on the boy's soccer team. In 1992, the Chamberlain soccer team finished runner-up to Killian in the Florida 4A high school soccer championship. Mekelburg attended the University of South Florida, playing for the men's soccer team from 1993 to 1996. He was a 1996 First Team All American.[2]

Professional[edit]

In December 1996, the Tampa Bay Terror selected Mekelburg in the National Professional Soccer League draft.[3] In February 1997, the Tampa Bay Mutiny picked him in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1997 MLS College Draft. Mekelburg signed with the Mutiny, but injuries kept him off the field. The team waived him on June 24, 1997. In July, Dallas Sidekicks then chose Mekelburg in the Continental Indoor Soccer League Supplemental Draft after Mekelburg had trained with them for several weeks. The Sidekicks did not sign him and Mekelburg joined the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League in September 1997.[4] In 1998, he played for the Milwaukee Rampage in the USISL A-League. On January 28, 1999, he signed a two year contract with the Charleston Battery.[5] On July 24, 1999, the Battery traded Mekelburg to the Raleigh Capital Express in exchange for Edmundo Rodriguez.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Black Watch Club History
  2. ^ 1996 All Americans
  3. ^ Mekelburg among Terror draft picks The Tampa Tribune - Friday, December 20, 1996
  4. ^ September 22, 1997 Transactions
  5. ^ January 28, 1999 Transactions
  6. ^ Express gets help in goal The News & Observer - Saturday, July 24, 1999

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