Billy Walsh (American soccer)

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Billy Walsh
Walsh (left) alongside Rodrigo Faria.
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-10-07) October 7, 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Chatham Township, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1996 Virginia Cavaliers
1997 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 MetroStars 73 (10)
1998 MLS Pro 40 (loan) 9 (1)
2002 Chicago Fire 13 (0)
National team
1999 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Billy Walsh (born October 7, 1972) is a former American soccer player and coach.

Walsh played high school soccer at Chatham High School. In 1999, he was named by The Star-Ledger as one of the top ten New Jersey high school soccer players of the 1990s.[1]

Walsh played college soccer at the University of Virginia and Rutgers. In 1996, he was the only collegian on the U.S. team that competed in the Atlanta Olympics.

Walsh was drafted by the MetroStars of Major League Soccer in the second round of the 1998 MLS College Draft. He played four years for the club, mostly at defensive midfielder, and was named the team MVP in 1999. After the 2001 season, he was waived and spent 2002 with the Chicago Fire.

Walsh did receive his lone cap for the senior U.S. national team as a last-minute sub against Jamaica on September 8, 1999.

After ending his career as a player, Walsh coached his alma mater Chatham High School in Chatham Township, New Jersey, as well as Manhattan College.

He currently resides in a small cottage along the Maine eastern seaboard with his dog named Sassy, rabbit named Jombi, and 2 Goldfish-Ernie and Bert.


  1. ^ Jandoli, Ron. "The Century's Best -- Boys Soccer: Top 10 Players of each decade", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 10, 2003. Accessed September 11, 2008.