Boris Bandov

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Boris Bandov
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-11-23) November 23, 1953 (age 65)
Place of birth Livno, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 San Jose Earthquakes 37 (8)
1976–1977 Seattle Sounders 11 (2)
1977–1978 Tampa Bay Rowdies 8 (0)
1979–1982 New York Cosmos 29 (1)
1980–1981 New York Cosmos (indoor)
1983 Team America 21 (0)
1984–1985 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 34 (1)
1984–1985 Fort Lauderdale Sun
1985–1986 New York Croatia
National team
1976–1983 United States 33 (2)
Teams managed
1988– Manhattan College (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Boris Bandov (born November 23, 1953 in Livno, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia) is a retired Yugoslavian-American soccer player who currently coaches youth soccer. Bandov spent ten seasons in the North American Soccer League, two in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one in the United Soccer League. While born in Yugoslavia, he became a U.S. citizen in 1976. He earned thirty-three caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team between 1976 and 1983.


Bandov was born in Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He attended Silver Creek High School in San Jose, California, where he played on the school's boys soccer team. In 1972, he led the team to California's Central Coast Section high school championship game, which the team lost to Archbishop Mitty High School.[1] After graduating from high school, he briefly attended San Jose State, playing on the school's football team as a kicker. His longest was a 52-yard field goal in a game against Cal.[2]


Bandov began his professional U.S. soccer career with the San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League on May 5, 1974. He played two seasons with the Earthquakes as a forward/midfield winger before moving to the Seattle Sounders after the 1975 season. He spent most of 1976 on the Sounders reserve team, only making the first team after midfield winger Jimmy Robertson suffered a broken leg from a brutal tackle from Julio Navarro in a July 24, 1976 game against the Philadelphia Atoms. Bandov played 5 games with the Sounders at the start of the 1977 season before moving to the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the remainder of the season. Though he saw limited playing time in just under two seasons in Tampa Bay, he was a reserve in the Rowdies' 3–1 loss to the Cosmos in Soccer Bowl '78. In 1979 Bandov moved to the New York Cosmos. He played with them through the end of the 1982 season, including the two NASL championship teams of 1980 and 1982 as well as the 1981 NASL championship loss to the Chicago Sting. In 1983, the U.S. Soccer Federation, in coordination with the NASL, entered the U.S. national team, known as Team America, into the NASL as a league franchise. The team drew on U.S. citizens playing in the NASL, Major Indoor Soccer League and American Soccer League. In April 1983, Team America announced it had signed Bandov from the Cosmos on a game by game basis.[3] He played 21 games with the team during its single season in existence. When Team America finished the 1983 season with a 10-20 record, the worst in the NASL, USSF withdrew the team from the league. Bandov returned to the Cosmos, but was released on November 16, 1983 when Bandov refused to agree to a 20% pay cut.[4] In 1984, Bandov moved to the Fort Lauderdale Sun of the United Soccer League.[5] He continued to play for the Suns in 1985.[6] He retired in 1986 and lives in Dobbs Ferry with his wife, a former Miss Oregon. He coaches for the FC Westchester U-17 boys and at various soccer camps and clinics.

National team[edit]

When Bandov became a U.S. citizen, he was almost immediately called into the national team for its first game of the year, a September 24 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifying game with Canada. Bandov began his national team career with a bang, scoring the tying goal. He went on to start every national team game in 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979.[7] In 1980, his appearances began to taper off, but he still played the only U.S. games in 1982 and 1983. The 1983 game, a 2-0 win over Haiti was his last with the team.[8] Despite playing a total of 33 games with the team, he scored only once again after his first game, in a meaningless 3-1 win over Bermuda in October 1979.


In 1988, he was hired as an assistant soccer coach with Manhattan College.[9]



  1. ^ HISTORICAL RECORD OF CCS BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS Archived July 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Seattle Sounders: Boris Bandov
  3. ^ SPORTS PEOPLE; Team America Adds 2
  4. ^ 3 Cosmos in Pacts, 4 Cut
  5. ^ BANDOV SPARKS SUN, 2-0 Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, July 15, 1984
  6. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1985
  7. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1970-1979 Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1980-1989 Archived September 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ SPORTS IN SHORT The Record (New Jersey) - Wednesday, August 31, 1988

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