Steve Klein (soccer)
|Date of birth||May 11, 1975|
|Place of birth||Evansville, Indiana, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|1993-1996||Bowling Green Falcons|
|1997||New England Revolution||4||(0)|
|1997||→ Worcester Wildfire (loan)||6||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Steve Klein (born May 11, 1975) is an American soccer player, who spent one season in Major League Soccer and eleven in the USL First Division and its predecessors. In 2008, he coached the Lancaster Inferno in the National Premier Soccer League.
Klein was born in Evansville, Indiana, and attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he started all 4 years and earned First team All-American honors his senior year. He is still BGSU's all-time leading point scorer with 45 assists and 37 goals. His play led BGSU to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA Championships in both his junior and senior years. In 2006, Klein was inducted in the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Klein was drafted by the New England Revolution in third round of the 1997 MLS College Draft, but saw limited action due to injury. During the season, he played six games on loan to the Worcester Wildfire. In 1998, he spen the season with the Nashville Metros. In 1999, he moved to the Hershey Wildcats for two seasons. On December 19, 2001, he signed with the Charleston Battery where he played for three seasons.
In 2005, he made the cross-country move to the Vancouver Whitecaps, where he started 26 of 27 games and was second on the team in scoring with 18 pts (7 goals, 4 assists). He earned First Team USL for his efforts. In the 2006 campaign, he moved into a more defensive midfield roll, starting all games eligible (27) and leading the team in minutes played during the regular season. While not producing the scoring totals of 2005, he hard work in the trenches earned him Second Team USL honors. He helped the Caps win their first USL First Division championship beating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0.
- USL First Division Championship (1): 2003