Winston Griffiths (soccer)
|Full name||Winston Griffiths|
|Date of birth||September 12, 1978|
|Place of birth||Clarendon Parish, Jamaica|
|Date of death||October 23, 2011(aged 33)|
|Place of death||May Pen, Jamaica|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Left Midfielder|
|1998–1999||University of Rhode Island|
|2002||Los Angeles Galaxy||6||(1)|
|2002||New England Revolution||8||(0)|
|2005||→ Toronto Lynx (loan)||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 April 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).
After leaving Jamaica's Glenmuir High, Griffiths played college soccer at the University of Rhode Island from 1998 to 1999, leading the team to the Atlantic-10 Conference regular season and tournament championships in 1999. He finished his career at URI with 42 points.
Nicknamed Fanna, Griffiths began his professional career with the Connecticut Wolves of the A-League. He returned to his native Jamaica to play for Galaxy FC, but his team was relegated from the Jamaican National Premier League. When the season ended he had an unsuccessful trial with Bolton Wanderers.
In 2002, Griffiths was drafted by Dallas Burn of the Major League Soccer team, but was sent to the MetroStars in a trade for D.J. Countess before the season started. Later in the season, he was traded to Los Angeles Galaxy, and then went to the New England Revolution. With the Revs, Griffiths reached the 2002 MLS Cup final, but lost to his old club, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In 2003 he signed with the Portmore United and play there until he was signed by the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2004. With the Caps he scored two goals and five assists helping the Whitecaps reach the USL1 Western Conference Finals.
In 2005 Griffiths was signed by Arnett Gardens of the Jamaican National Premier League, but later he was loaned to Toronto Lynx where he would score one goal in three games. Midway through the season Lynx head coach Hubert Busby Jr. released him from his contract, and Griffiths returned to Arnett Gardens.
On 12 July 2007, Griffiths was signed by Toronto Supra of the Canadian Soccer League, making his debut on July 15 against the Canadian Lions, and scoring a hat-trick to give Supra the 5–2 victory. He returned to Jamaica in late 2007 to play for Sporting Central in the Jamaican National Premier League.
On Sunday October 23, 2011, Griffiths was found in odd circumstances and later died in May Pen hospital, he was 33.