Dave Coskunian

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Dave Coskunian
Personal information
Full name Davit Çoşkun
Place of birth Samsun, Turkey
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker / Midfielder
Youth career
1965–1967 İstanbulspor A.Ş.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967 Los Angeles Toros 19 (6)
1974 San Jose Earthquakes 4 (0)
National team
1973–1974 United States 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Davit “Dave Coskunian” Çoşkun was a Turkish-American soccer player of Armenian descent who earned three caps with the U.S. national team. He played one season in the National Professional Soccer League and one in the North American Soccer League.

Professional career[edit]

In 1965, Coşkun began his professional career with İstanbulspor A.Ş. in Turkey. On February 7, 1967, the nineteen-year-old Coskun signed with the Los Angeles Toros of the National Professional Soccer League.[1] The Toros folded at the end of the season, but Coskun remained in the Los Angeles area, playing for various amateur clubs. On April 2, 1974, he joined the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League, but was released on May 1, 1974. He then moved north to play that season with the San Jose Earthquakes. In the fall of 1974, Coskun moved back to Los Angeles where he joined the Los Angeles Armenians of the Greater Los Angeles Soccer League.

National team[edit]

Coskunian played three games with the U.S. national team. The first was a 4-0 loss to Bermuda on March 17, 1973. He started, but came off for Mike Renshaw. In his second game, a 4-0 loss to Poland on March 20, 1973, he replaced Rudy Getzinger at halftime. Finally, in his last game, a 3-1 loss to Mexico on September 5, 1974, he replaced Bob Matteson in the 84th minute.[2]


Coşkun began his career in the United States using his birth name. However, by the time he joined the Aztecs and Earthquakes in 1974, he was known as "Dave" Coskun. He also used the name Dave Coskunian when playing for the national team.


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