Rick Blubaugh

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Rick Blubaugh
Personal information
Full name Rick Brian Blubaugh
Date of birth (1964-12-28) December 28, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1984 San Diego State Aztecs
1985-1987 Washington Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984 F.C. Seattle
1986-1989 F.C. Seattle Storm
1988-1990 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 21 (0)
1995 Seattle SeaDogs (indoor) 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rick Brian Blubaugh (born December 28, 1964, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri) is an American former professional soccer player. He spent four seasons in the Western Soccer Alliance, one in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one in the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

Youth[edit]

Blubaugh's roots are traced to Lynnwood, Washington, son of Joe and Selva Blubaugh. In 1981 and 1982, he was a starting defender for the boys U-17 ½ and U-18 ½ Washington state select soccer team. In 1981, Blubaugh, along with Washington teammates Geoff Wall and Chance Fry, was tapped to represent the West regional soccer team in a national tournament held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The West region team, which comprised future stars Ralph Black, Dale Ervine and Paul Caligiuri, reigned supreme winning the event by vanquishing the East, South and Midwest regions. Upon conclusion of the tournament, Blubaugh was selected as an alternate for the United States Youth National Team.

High school[edit]

Blubaugh attended Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Washington (1981–1983) where he started three consecutive years as a midfielder for the erstwhile named Chiefs. He garnered first team All Western Conference (WesCo) soccer honors (1981-1983) and served as Meadowdale's team captain (1982-1983).

College[edit]

Blubaugh was a freshman starting defender anchoring a talent-laden and nationally ranked San Diego State University Aztecs men’s soccer team, coached by Chuck Clegg (1984–1985). He returned to Seattle, Washington the following year and capped off his collegiate career as a three year starting defender for the nationally ranked University of Washington Huskies men’s soccer team, coached by Ron Carter (1985–1987). During his tenure at Washington, he was named to the All Northwest Collegiate Conference Team in 1986 (2nd team) and in 1987 (1st team). In his sophomore and senior seasons, he was instrumental in leading the Huskies to two Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference titles (1985,1987). In 1988, Blubaugh graduated from the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

F.C. Seattle[edit]

In the summer of 1984, as a 19-year-old, Blubaugh assumed duties as a defender for Football Club Seattle which hosted the F.C. Seattle Challenge. This series featured F.C. Seattle squaring off against three North American Soccer League (NASL) powerhouse teams (Vancouver Whitecaps, Minnesota Strikers, New York Cosmos) as well as the men’s United States Olympic Team. F.C. Seattle’s roster boasted select high school, college and professional players. The team was coached by former Seattle Sounders luminaries Jimmy Gabriel, Tommy Jenkins, Pepe Fernandez and Jack Brand and played its games in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. These four contests had a favorable following with the average attendance eclipsing the 6,000 barrier. In 2014, Blubaugh was honored by being named to the F.C. Seattle All-Time starting XI. Also, Blubaugh challenged, guided and encouraged the development of young minds through soccer with former F.C. Seattle Storm teammates Peter Fewing, John Hamel, Craig Beeson, Eddie Henderson and Jeff Koch spanning the state of Washington at Peter Fewing Soccer Camps (1985–1996).

Western Soccer Alliance[edit]

Blubaugh was a starting defender for the F.C. Seattle Storm (1986–1989), again with former Seattle Sounder Tommy Jenkins at the helm, of the newly minted Western Soccer Alliance. The Storm enjoyed a successful campaign overseas in the 1987 Great Britain Tour, locking horns with elite English clubs Middlesbrough F.C., A.F.C. Bournemouth, Portsmouth F.C. and Queen's Park Rangers F.C., not to mention perennial Scottish power, Dundee F.C.. 1988 witnessed the Storm secure the top spot in the Western Soccer Alliance regular season standings and, at once, march their way through the playoffs summarily disposing of a talent-laden San Jose Earthquakes team in the final 5-0, deservedly crowning them Western Soccer Alliance Champions.

MISL and CISL[edit]

The Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) selected Blubaugh in the fourth round of the 1988 MISL draft. He signed with the Stars, coached by former Seattle Sounders icons Alan Hinton and Steve Buttle, and played defender the 1988-1989 season. In 1995, the Seattle SeaDogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL), signed Blubaugh to play defender for their inaugural season. The SeaDogs were coached by former MISL great Fernando Clavijo and Blubaugh’s former Tacoma Stars teammate Brian Schmetzer.

In the wake of a fruitful career, Blubaugh retired from professional soccer in 1996.

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