David Regis

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David Regis
Personal information
Full name David Regis
Date of birth (1968-12-02) December 2, 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth La Trinité, Martinique
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Valenciennes FC 100 (2)
1993–1996 RC Strasbourg 93 (2)
1996–1997 RC Lens 28 (1)
1997–1998 Karlsruher SC 30 (5)
1998–2002 FC Metz 72 (0)
2002–2005 Troyes AC 19 (0)
2005–2008 FC Bleid 67 (5)
National team
1998–2002 United States 27 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Rossignol
2009– Rac Athlétic Florenvillois

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

David Regis (French: David Régis; born December 2, 1968) is a retired French-American soccer defender who played for the United States at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.[1]


Regis was born in La Trinité, Martinique, and began his pro career in 1988 with Valenciennes and played there until 1993. He was transferred to Strasbourg in 1993, Lens in 1996, and Karlsruhe in 1997.[2] He transferred to Metz, leaving after the 2002 FIFA World Cup, spent four years there, and spent a season at Troyes.[3] Since the 2004–05 season, Regis played at the lower levels of the Belgian Leagues with FC Bleid respectively and retired in the summer of 2008.


Since Regis's wife was an American citizen, an option to play for the United States appeared. Steve Sampson, the U.S. national coach, jumped at the chance of having an experienced left back on the World Cup squad (though Regis's preferred position was always center back – where he was most successful in his club career), and promised Regis a starting position on the team if he became a U.S. citizen. Regis was naturalized on May 20, 1998 and received his first cap against Kuwait just three days later. Regis received the starting spot from Sampson, in front of long-time starter Jeff Agoos. Regis played all three matches in the World Cup, and despite being one of the more effective players for the US, the Americans lost all three of their group matches.[4]

Regis made the U.S. roster for the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well, but this time did not play. He retired with 27 caps.

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement from playing, he worked as head coach in Djibouti with Rac Athlétic Florenvillois and Rossignol.[5]


  1. ^ Longman, Jere (May 21, 1998). "SOCCER: They All Come to Play for America; Regis Is the Newest Citizen on Polyglot U.S. World Cup Soccer Team". nytimes.com. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "David Régis" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "David Régis". Lequipe.fr. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "David REGIS". FIFA.com. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Le mercato dans vos clubs" (in French). dhnet.be. July 1, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 

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