A. J. Soares

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A. J. Soares
Personal information
Full name Anthony James Soares
Date of birth (1988-11-28) November 28, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Solana Beach, California, United States
Height 6 ft 716 in (1.84 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
2007–2010 California Golden Bears
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Orange County Blue Star 1 (0)
2011–2014 New England Revolution 108 (6)
2015–2016 Viking 31 (0)
2016– AGF 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 25, 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Anthony James "A.J." Soares (born November 28, 1988 in Solana Beach, California) is an American soccer player.


College and Amateur[edit]

Soares attended Torrey Pines High School where he was the captain for his junior and senior seasons, and won the 2005 Division 1 CIF Championship. He played college soccer at the University of California, Berkeley.

As the Cal co-captain in 2010, Soares was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America First Team All American,[1] Pac-10 Player of the Year,[2] Goal.com Player of the Year.[3] Soares entered college at California as an attacking player, but head coach Kevin Grimes converted him to a central defender because of his size and strength.[4] However, he still managed to score five goals in his final collegiate season while anchoring a stingy Bear defense; during this campaign, he was named a semifinalist for the 2010 Hermann Trophy.[5]

In 2010 Soares made one appearance for Orange County Blue Star in the USL Premier Development League.[6]


Soares was chosen by New England Revolution as the sixth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[7] He was voted New England's Defensive MVP in 2011. Soares started and played the entire 2014 MLS Cup. Soares was voted "Player's Player" and Defender of the Year for New England in 2014.[8] In February 2015, Soares was presented as the newest addition to the Norwegian Tippeligaen club Viking FK.[9] In July 26 2016, Soares signed a two year contract with AGF.[10]


Soares' father is Portuguese and was born in the Azores.[11] He also holds an Italian passport.[12]


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