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|Full name||Phillip Abraham Woosnam|
|Date of birth||22 December 1932|
|Place of birth||Caersws, Wales|
|1959-1962||West Ham United||138||(26)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Phillip Abraham Woosnam (born 22 December 1932 in Caersws, Montgomeryshire) is a Welsh former Association football inside-right and manager. He went on to become commissioner of the North American Soccer League.
Playing career 
Woosnam played football with Montgomeryshire Schoolboys and gained youth international honours with Wales. He also gained eight amateur caps, the first against England in 1951. While reading Physics, he captained the Bangor University varsity team at the Welsh Universities' Championship.
Woosnam completed his national service with the Royal Artillery. He featured for the Army XI alongside Maurice Setters of West Bromwich Albion, and Eddie Colman and Duncan Edwards of Manchester United.
He played club football at Wrexham, Peritus, Manchester City, Caersws, Aberystwyth Town, amateur club Sutton United and Middlesex Wanderers, before joining Leyton Orient. He made his senior international debut for Wales against Scotland in 1959 whilst still an amateur. He represented the London XI against Lausanne Sports while with the Brisbane Road club. Woosnam was named amateur footballer of the year for 1955.
In November 1958, Woosnam, then aged 26, was signed by West Ham United for £30,000 and left his job as a physics teacher at Leyton County High School for Boys to turn professional. He made his debut against Arsenal that month and went on to make 138 League appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals. He also made 15 cup appearances, scoring three goals. While at Upton Park, he added 15 full international caps to the one he'd gained while at Orient. He also represented the Football League.
Coaching career 
Woosnam became head coach of the United States national team in 1968, and was later appointed commissioner of the NASL. He is credited as an important factor in the development of the NASL, but is also viewed as the one who pushed for too much expansion, which led to the league's demise. Removed from his duties as commissioner of the NASL in 1982 he became managing director of the marketing arm of US Soccer. Woosnam is now a naturalized American citizen. He is an inductee of the country's National Soccer Hall of Fame.
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|United States men's national soccer team head coach