Oscar Albuquerque

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Oscar Albuquerque
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-09-04) September 4, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1976–1980 Laurentian University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Denver Avalanche (indoor) 80 (30)
1982–1983 Phoenix Inferno (indoor) 48 (33)
1983–1984 Phoenix Pride (indoor) 47 (21)
1984–1985 Las Vegas Americans (indoor) 39 (8)
1986 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 17 (4)
1986–1987 New York Express (indoor) 13 (2)
1986–1987 Memphis Storm (indoor) 24 (35)
1987–1988 Chicago Sting (indoor) 53 (22)
1988–1990 Chicago Power (indoor) 58 (21)
1990–1992 Illinois Thunder (indoor)
National team
1979 Canadian Olympic (amateur) 4 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1992 Illinois Thunder (assistant)
2004–2006 Chicago Storm (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Oscar Albuquerque (born September 4, 1954 in Lima, Peru) is a former Canadian soccer midfielder. He spent most of his professional career playing indoor soccer with U.S. teams. He is currently the president of Pro Soccer International, an ownership group which holds the rights to American Indoor Soccer League teams in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois.

Youth and college[edit]

Albuquerque moved from his native Peru to Toronto, Canada with his family when he was fifteen. At the time, his older brother, Hugo Albuquerque, was playing semi-professionally in Canada[citation needed]. After graduating from high school, Albuquerque attended Laurentian University where he was a member of the men's soccer team from 1976 to 1979. He was All Canadian in 1977, 1978 and 1979.[1] He is a member of the Laurentian University Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional[edit]

Following graduation from college in 1980, Albuquerque signed with the Denver Avalanche of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He spent two seasons with the Avalanche, before the team folded in 1982. He then moved to the Phoenix Inferno for the 1982–83 season. In 1983, the team was renamed the Phoenix Pride. Albuquerque spent one more season in Phoenix with the Pride before moving to the Las Vegas Americans for the 1984–85 season. The league expelled the Americans in July 1985. In February 1986, the Los Angeles Lazers were hit with numerous injuries. The team signed Albuquerque to a ten day contract. On February 23d, they signed him for the remainder of the season. That summer, he signed with the expansion New York Express, a team stocked with players from the New York Arrows and New York Cosmos. The Express were unable to match the success of those two teams and folded twenty-six games into the 1986–87 season. Albuquerque moved to the Memphis Storm of the American Indoor Soccer Association for the remainder of the 1986–87 season. He was back in MISL the next season with the Chicago Sting. However, the Sting folded at the end of the season and Albuquerque moved to the Chicago Power of the AISA for the next two seasons, 1988–1990. In 1990, the AISA was renamed the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Albuquerque finished his career with the Illinois Thunder of the NPSL with whom he played two seasons, 1990–1992.[3]

National team[edit]

In 1979, Albuquerque was called into the Canadian Olympic soccer team at it entered qualification for the 1980 Summer Olympics. Canada did not qualify for the tournament. However, he did play for Canada in the Pan American Games, but these games are not full internationals.

Coaching[edit]

In his two seasons playing with the Illinois Thunder, Albuquerque also served as an assistant coach. On July 4, 2004, Albuquerque became an assistant coach with the expansion Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer League under head coach Frank Klopas.

Team management[edit]

In 2006, Albuquerque became the president of the expansion Rockford Rampage which competes in the Professional Arena Soccer League.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ MISL stats