A. J. Soares
|Full name||Anthony James Soares|
|Date of birth||November 28, 1988|
|Place of birth||Solana Beach, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2007–2010||California Golden Bears||77||(10)|
|2010||Orange County Blue Star||1||(0)|
|2011–2014||New England Revolution||108||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 16, 2016.
Early life, college and amateur
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, Pac-10 Player of the Year, Goal.com Player of the Year. 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. 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.
Soares was chosen by New England Revolution as the sixth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. 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.
In November 2016, he retired from professional football, due to a serious head injury.
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