Bobby Warshaw

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Bobby Warshaw
Warshaw with Harrisburg City Islanders in 2016
Personal information
Full name William Robert Warshaw
Date of birth (1988-11-21) November 21, 1988 (age 34)
Place of birth Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Stanford Cardinal 76 (18)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 FC Dallas 32 (1)
2013Ängelholms FF (loan) 9 (8)
2014 GAIS 16 (2)
2014–2015 Bærum 32 (5)
2015 Hønefoss 10 (1)
2016 Harrisburg City Islanders 28 (4)
Total 127 (21)
International career
2005 United States U17 15 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 1, 2016
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of August 18, 2014

William Robert "Bobby" Warshaw (born November 21, 1988) is an American former soccer player. He now works as a writer, analyst, and author.

Football career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Warshaw attended Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, where he was a Gatorade State Player of the Year twice in 2005 and 2006. He was the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2006 and NSCAA Youth All-America Player of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006.[1] He earned a place for the first time in the U-17 national team during the 2005 season. Warshaw has been quoted saying that his high school coach, Tony Lougee, was his main influence in every one of his fundamentals and credits him with much of his life success, stating in one January 2011 interview, "Tony made me the man I am today; he is really a father figure to me."

Warshaw made his college soccer debut at Stanford University in 2007, starting 17 matches and scoring 5 goals.[1] He was chosen captain for the team for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2009, Warshaw led Stanford to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament with wins over Saint Mary's and UC Irvine in the first two rounds, and was a Hermann Trophy (USA College Player of the Year) semi-finalist.[2] He scored 18 goals in his career at Stanford, despite being moved to defense for his final two seasons.


Warshaw was selected in the first round (17th overall) by FC Dallas in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[3] He made his professional debut on May 7, 2011, coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 tie with D.C. United.[4]

Warshaw was loaned to Swedish Superettan club Ängelholms FF on August 11, 2013.[5] On February 24, 2014, it was announced that Warshaw would join Swedish Superettan club GAIS on a one-year contract.[6]

Warshaw moved to Norwegian First Division club Bærum in August 2014.[7] He signed with First Division side Hønefoss in August 2015.[8]

After a contract fell through with Israeli club Maccabi Netanya,[9][10] Warshaw signed with United Soccer League team Harrisburg City Islanders in his home state of Pennsylvania for the 2016 season.[11]


Warshaw debuted for the USA U-17 national team in 2005 against Honduras.[12] He scored his first goal for the national team in 2007 against Venezuela in the Pan-American Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[13] USA ended up winning the match 2–1, with Warshaw scoring the game-winning goal.


Warshaw is the son of Allen and Shirley Anne Warshaw, who is a political science professor at Gettysburg College, and also an author and political commentator.[14]

Besides being an athlete, Warshaw also holds a strong academic record with a 3.57 GPA in political science while at Stanford. In 2010, Warshaw was awarded an Academic All-District award. Stanford Cardinal coach Bret Simon described Warshaw as a "true leader and fierce competitor with a proven track record in every season as a Stanford Cardinal".[1]

Media career[edit]

During and after his soccer career, Warshaw contributed articles to sites such as Deadspin, FourFourTwo, Fox Soccer,, and The Patriot-News, as well founding and writing for his own website, The Athlete Story.[15] He also appears as an analyst on

In 2017, Warshaw published a book, When the Dream Became Reality, about his experiences as a soccer player.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Booby Warshaw Profile". CBS Interactive.
  2. ^ "Bobby Warshaw Named To Herman Trophy Watch List". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "Bobby Warshaw Taken In First Round Of MLS Draft By FC Dallas – Stanfo…". September 4, 2012. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "D.C. United vs FC Dallas 05-07-2011 – Recap". May 7, 2011. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "ÄFF lånar Bobby Warshaw – Ängelholms FF". August 11, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "GAIS – William Robert "Bobby" Warshaw till GAIS". Archived from the original on May 18, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Nyheter | Bærum Sportsklubb". Archived from the original on August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Google Translate". August 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Peschatzky, Motti (January 29, 2016). "אוסידון הגיש תלונה נגד אחד מאוהדי מכבי נתניה" [Osidon Registered Complain Against Maccabi Netanya Supporter]. (in Hebrew). Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Amir, Raz (January 28, 2016). "ולפורט יצטרף למכבי נתניה, שוינפלד יימכר" [Valpoort To Join Maccabi Netanya, Schoenfeld To Be Sold]. (in Hebrew). Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Warshaw Latest Addition to City Islanders' Squad". Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "U.S. Soccer Wire – June 20, 2005". U.S. Soccer. Archived from the original on November 24, 2010.
  13. ^ "U.S. Men Win Pan American Games Opener". U.S. Soccer. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011.
  14. ^ "Warshaw and Yahyavi Earn Academic All-District Nods". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "The Athlete Story". The Athlete Story. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  16. ^ Warshaw, Bobby (July 17, 2017). "When the Dream Became Reality, an Ebook by Bobby Warshaw". Retrieved July 18, 2017.

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