Simon Elliott

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Simon Elliott
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Elliott playing for Columbus Crew
Personal information
Full name Simon John Elliott
Date of birth (1974-06-10) 10 June 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1989 Waterside Karori
1989–1992 Wellington College
1997–1998 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Wellington United
1993–1995 Wellington Olympic 27 (14)
1996–1997 Miramar Rangers 36 (13)
1997 Western Suburbs
1999 Boston Bulldogs 3 (0)
1999–2003 Los Angeles Galaxy 122 (10)
2004–2005 Columbus Crew 59 (1)
2006–2008 Fulham 12 (0)
2009 San Jose Earthquakes 15 (0)
2010 Wellington Phoenix 4 (0)
2011 Chivas USA 24 (0)
Total 302+ (38+)
National team
New Zealand U20
2008 New Zealand U23 3 (0)
1995–2011 New Zealand 69 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2010

Simon John Elliott (born 10 June 1974 in Wellington) is a retired New Zealand International footballer.

Semi-professional and college career[edit]

Elliott played for several clubs in the New Zealand semi-professional Central Premier League in the 1990s, and attended Wellington College prior to moving to the United States. Elliott subsequently played college soccer at Stanford University, where he scored 13 goals and made 12 assists.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He began his professional career with A-League (now USL First Division) team Boston Bulldogs in 1999,[2] playing three games,[3] before joining Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy in May 1999.[1] He was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2000 after scoring five goals and making five assists, and helped the club to win the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2000, the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and the MLS Cup in 2002.[1] He made 122 appearances for Galaxy in five seasons, scoring ten goals.[1]

Elliott was traded in January 2004 to the Columbus Crew in exchange for a first round pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.[1] He played every game in the 2005 season but was unable to help the Crew to the MLS Cup Playoffs as they finished bottom of the Eastern Conference.[2]

Elliott caught the eye of Chris Coleman, manager of English Premier League club Fulham, during a pre-season friendly game in July 2005 and joined Fulham in training after the end of the MLS season.[2] He then joined Fulham in January 2006 on a free transfer[4] and made 13 league and cup appearances during the remainder of the 2005–06 season.[5] During the summer he injured a calf muscle,[6] and missed the entire Premier League 2006–07 season through injury; he played in some reserve games towards the end of the season.[7] He was released by Fulham in May 2008.[8]

Elliott returned to Major League Soccer in 2009, signing with the San Jose Earthquakes. He was waived from San Jose prior to the 2010 season opener.[9]

In November 2010, Elliott signed for hometown professional A-League club Wellington Phoenix as an Injury Replacement Player for Oscar Roberto Cornejo.

In February 2011, Elliott went on trial with Chivas USA in the MLS and signed with the club on 9 February 2011.[10] At season's end, his contract expired and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Elliott was not selected in the draft and became a free agent.

He served as head scout during the 2012 season but was not retained for a second year.[11]

International career[edit]

Elliott scored on his full New Zealand national football team debut in a 3–0 win over Singapore on 21 February 1995[12] and earned his 50th A-international cap in a 3–0 win over New Caledonia on 10 September 2008, accruing 6 goals en route to his milestone.[13][14] He appeared in qualifying matches for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in France.[1] Elliott was included in the New Zealand U-23 squad for their first appearance at the Olympic Games as one of three over age players, alongside Ryan Nelsen and Chris Killen[15] He was named as part of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup New Zealand squad to travel to South Africa.[16][17]

On 10 May 2010, Elliott was named in New Zealand's final 23-man squad to compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, despite not being under contract at any club.

International goals
# Date Opponent Final Score Result Competition
1 25 Jun 2000  Solomon Islands 2–0 Win 2000 OFC Nations Cup
2 25 Jun 2000  Solomon Islands 2–0 Win 2000 OFC Nations Cup
Last updated 8 April 2010

International career statistics[edit]

[18]

New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 9 1
1996 6 1
1997 9 1
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 6 3
2001 7 0
2002 2 0
2003 6 0
2004 3 0
2005 0 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 0
2008 2 0
2009 9 0
2010 9 0
2011 1 0
Total 69 6

Club career statistics[edit]

All-Time Club Performances
Club Season MLS Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Los Angeles Galaxy
(Major League Soccer)
1999 23 2 5 0 28 2
2000 28 5 5 0 ? ? 33 5
2001 21 1 7 0 28 1
2002 26 1 6 0 32 1
2003 24 1 2 0 ? ? 26 1
Club Total 122 10 25 0  ?  ? 147 10
Club Season MLS Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Columbus Crew
(Major League Soccer)
2004 27 0 2 0 29 0
2005 32 1 32 1
Club Total 59 1 2 0 61 1
Club Season Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Fulham
(Premier League)
2005–06 12 0 1 0 13 0
2006–07
Club Total 12 0 1 0 13 0
Club Season MLS Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
San Jose Earthquakes
(Major League Soccer)
2009 15 0 15 0
Club Total 15 0 15 0
Career totals 208 11 28 0 236 11
Last updated 6 April 2010

Club honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "L.A. Galaxy Acquire First round Pick in 2005". OurSports Central. 12 January 2004. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Nierman, Jonathan (1 June 2006). "Elliott leaves Crew, signs with Fulham". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 3 July 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Brown's save on Ruiz bicycle kick a beauty". Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA). 11 October 2002. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Fulham swoop to sign midfielder". BBC Sport. 3 January 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Games played by Simon Elliott in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Fulham hit by Elliott injury fear". BBC Sport. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2008. 
  7. ^ Bech, Duncan (12 February 2008). "Elliott makes comeback". PA Sport (Sporting Life UK Ltd). Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  8. ^ "Bocanegra heads Fulham clear-out". BBC Sport. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008. 
  9. ^ Quakes waive three players (centerlinesoccer.com)
  10. ^ http://www.cdchivasusa.com/news/2011/02/chivas-usa-signs-simon-elliott-and-andrew-boyens
  11. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/11/09/chivas-part-ways-fraser-vanney-restructuring-continues
  12. ^ "A-International Lineups". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 12 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  14. ^ "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  15. ^ "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008. 
  16. ^ "New Zealand – All Whites name Confederations Cup squad". Oceania Football confederation. 7 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "2009 Confederations Cup – New Zealand squad". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  18. ^ Simon Elliott at National-Football-Teams.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jonathan Bornstein &
Sacha Kljestan
Chivas USA captain
2011
Succeeded by
Alejandro Moreno