Carl Strong

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Carl Strong
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-01-21) January 21, 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Annandale, Virginia, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1976–1977 James Madison Dukes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978 Colorado Caribous 8 (0)
1979–1981 Atlanta Chiefs 85 (4)
1979–1981 Atlanta Chiefs (indoor) 30 (1)
1981–1982 Portland Timbers (indoor) 18 (3)
1982 Portland Timbers 8 (0)
1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (indoor) 1
1983 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 6 (0)
1984 Minnesota Strikers 21 (1)
1985 South Florida Sun 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carl Strong (born January 21, 1958 in Annandale, Virginia) is a former U.S. soccer midfielder who spent seven seasons in the North American Soccer League.

Strong grew up in Virginia where attended Annandale High School. After graduating from Annandale in 1976, he entered James Madison University. He was the 1978 Virginia Intercollegiate Player of the Year.[1]

Strong began his professional career in 1978 with the expansion Colorado Caribous of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The Caribous moved to Atlanta where the team was renamed the Atlanta Chiefs between the 1978 and 1979 season. Strong became a regular with the Chiefs, seeing time in twenty-five games in 1979, twenty-eight in 1980 and thirty-two in 1981. The Chiefs folded at the end of the season and on September 22, 1981, the Portland Timbers purchased his contract from the Chiefs.[2]

In 1982, Strong saw limited action for the Timbers. On October 26, 1982, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers selected Strong in the dispersal draft after the Timbers folded.[3] He first appeared as a member of the Strikers in the winter of 1983 during the NASL's Indoor Grand Prix.[4] At about that same time he was also an invitee to the Team America try-outs, but did not make the squad.[5] He saw time in only six outdoor games with the Strikers. However, the Strikers moved to Minnesota before the 1984 season and Strong played in twenty-one games that year.

The NASL folded at the end of the 1984 season and Strong moved to the South Florida Sun of the United Soccer League. However, he broke his leg during the pre-season. The league collapsed after six games and Strong never saw playing time with the Sun.[6]

Strong now coaches the Pequannock Township High School varsity boys' soccer team in New Jersey. Notable players of the 2007 graduating class, who were also captains, include Jessie Puzio, Steven Cardinali, and Ken McHugh. He is also a Physical Education teacher at the high school. Strong's son, Ben, played soccer for West Morris Mendham High School and is currently playing at University of Louisville.


  1. ^ Potomac District Washington Post, The (DC) - Thursday, December 15, 1977
  2. ^ Transactions; Basketball - New York Times
  3. ^ STRIKERS ACQUIRE STRONG Miami Herald, The (FL) - Thursday, October 28, 1982
  4. ^ SATURDAY'S SUMMARY, page 2C, Evening Independent, The (FL) - Monday, February 7, 1983
  5. ^ TEAM AMERICA ALMOST READY TO TAKE THE FIELD, Palm Beach Post, The (FL) - Friday, January 21, 1983
  6. ^ THE USL TEAMS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, May 19, 1985

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