Alex Yi

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Alex Yi
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Personal information
Full name Alexander Yi
Date of birth (1982-02-27) February 27, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles Galaxy U18
Number Coach
Youth career
2000–2001 UCLA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Royal Antwerp 17 (0)
2005–2008 FC Dallas 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:42, December 19, 2007 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 16, 2006

Alexander "Alex" Yi (born February 27, 1982 in Alexandria, Virginia) is a retired American soccer defender who last played for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. He is currently head coach for the U18 academy team at Los Angeles Galaxy.

Playing career[edit]

As a teenager, Yi was a member of Under-17 national team, and as such was part of the inaugural class of the USSF's Bradenton Academy, along with other players such as Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, and Oguchi Onyewu.[1] Upon graduating, he matriculated to UCLA, where he played college soccer in 2000 and 2001, where he started in 41 games and was named a third team All-American as a sophomore. He was named PAC-10 Player of the Year.

Following his sophomore year Yi left UCLA to pursue a professional career in Europe; he signed with Royal Antwerp of the Belgian First Division, a feeder club of Manchester United, before the start of the 2002-3 season. Yi disappointingly only appeared in four matches for Antwerp in the 2002-3 season, and, after appearing in only seven for the struggling club in the subsequent season, was released from his contract to pursue opportunities in America.

Yi was coveted by several teams upon his return to the United States, most notably his hometown D.C. United, but was eventually allocated to F.C. Dallas through a weighted lottery on January 12, 2005.

Yi has played for the U-17, U-20, and U-23 United States youth national teams, and played in the 1999 Football World Youth Championship. His father, Kyom Yi, played for the South Korean national team at the youth level.

Coaching career[edit]

Alex Yi retired from soccer in April 2008. He struggled with injury and decided to head back to school, applying to UCLA and UT-Austin. Eventually, he was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, where he became a full-time student.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodriguez, Justin (2008-12-04). "1999 U-17 squad retains special place in U.S. history". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Google search brings former MLS player to Flyers". Dayton Daily News. 2009-01-15. 

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