Brian Bates (soccer)
|Date of birth||August 16, 1972|
|Place of birth||Woodbridge, Virginia, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1998||→ MLS Pro 40 (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Bates attended the University of Virginia, playing on the men’s soccer team from 1990 to 1993. Bates and his team mates won the 1991, 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. In 1994, he signed with the Richmond Kickers of the USISL. In 1995, the Kickers won both the league and Open Cup titles, giving Bates a double. On February 6, 1996, the Colorado Rapids selected Bates in the fourth round (thirty-second overall) in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. On November 6, 1997, the Chicago Fire selected Bates with the 19th pick in the 1997 MLS Expansion Draft. He played two games for Chicago before being traded to the Dallas Burn for Tom Soehn. On January 16, 1999, the Dallas Burn traded Bates to D.C. United for a second round pick in the 1999 MLS College Draft. Bates played one game for D.C. before being placed on waivers on May 13, 1999. He moved to the Maryland Mania of the USISL for four games before signing with the Charleston Battery for the remainder of the season.
In 1989, he was a member of the U.S. U-16 national team at the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship. Although the U.S. defeated Brazil its first game, the team finished group play with a 1-1-1 record, and failed to qualify for the second round. Following the tournament, Bates played several games with the U.S. U-20 national team in 1989 and 1990.