Cle Kooiman

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Cle Kooiman
Personal information
Full name Christopher Clemence Kooiman
Date of birth (1963-07-03) July 3, 1963 (age 52)
Place of birth Ontario, California, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
0000–1982 San Diego State University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1987 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 157 (10)
1989 California Kickers
1990 San Diego Nomads
1990–1991 Cobras de Ciudad Juárez 28 (1)
1992–1994 Cruz Azul 51 (2)
1994–1996 Morelia
1996–1997 Tampa Bay Mutiny 54 (3)
1998 Miami Fusion 14 (0)
National team
1993–1994 United States 12 (1)
Teams managed
U.S. U-20 national team (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Christopher Clemence "Cle" Kooiman (born July 3, 1963) is a retired American soccer defender. He played professionally in both Mexico and the United States including the first Major Indoor Soccer League, Western Soccer Alliance, American Professional Soccer League and Major League Soccer. He earned twelve caps, scoring one goal, with the U.S. national soccer team in 1993 and 1994. He was a member of the U.S. team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.


Cle Kooiman was born in Ontario, California, and attended San Diego State University. In 1982 he was named to the All Far West team.


In 1982, Kooiman began his professional career playing for the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He would remain with the Lazers until 1987.


In 1989, he began his outdoor professional career with the California Kickers of the Western Soccer League (WSL). That year, he was named as a league First Team All Star. He moved to the San Diego Nomads for the 1990 season. However, by that time, the WSL had merged with the American Soccer League to form the American Professional Soccer League.


At the end of the 1990, Kooiman moved to Mexico. He began with Cobras de Ciudad Juarez, of the Mexican Premier Division before moving to Cruz Azul in Mexican Premier League. While with Cruz Azul, he became the first U.S. citizen to captain a Mexican soccer team. In 1994, he moved to Morelia.[1]


In 1996, the newly established Major League Soccer (MLS) distributed "marque" players throughout the league's teams. Kooiman was allocated to the Tampa Bay Mutiny. He would play two seasons with the Mutiny, but at the end of the 1997 season, the Mutiny left him exposed in the 1997 MLS Expansion Draft. The Miami Fusion selected Kooiman in the first round (14th overall) and he would play a single season for that team.

National team[edit]

Kooiman earned his first cap with the national team in 1993. He would eventually play 12 games with the national team, scoring a single goal and participating in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he played the full 90 minutes in the USA's opening game against Switzerland.


  1. ^ Cle Kooiman Liga MX stats at Medio (Spanish)

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