Fernando Clavijo

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Fernando Clavijo
Personal information
Full name Fernando "Catano" Clavijo Cedrés
Date of birth (1956-01-23) January 23, 1956 (age 62)
Place of birth Maldonado, Uruguay
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1979 Atenas
1979–1981 New York Apollo/United 66 (5)
1981–1983 New York Arrows (indoor) 65 (11)
1983–1984 Golden Bay Earthquakes 40 (1)
1984–1988 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 187 (49)
1988–1989 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 46 (10)
1989–1992 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 136 (41)
National team
1990–1994 United States 61 (0)
1992 U.S. Futsal 8 (2)
Teams managed
1991 St. Louis Storm
1995–1997 Seattle SeaDogs
1998–1999 Florida ThunderCats
1998 Nigeria (assistant)
1998 Project 40 (assistant)
1998 U.S. Futsal
1999 MetroStars (assistant)
2000–2002 New England Revolution
2003–2005 Haiti
2005–2008 Colorado Rapids
2009 Miami FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Caetano Clavijo Cedrés (born January 23, 1956) is a retired American soccer defender and former head coach of the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. He played three seasons in the American Soccer League, two in the North American Soccer League and ten in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He earned 61 caps with the United States men's national soccer team and 8 with the U.S. National Futsal Team. He later coached both indoor and outdoor teams as well as at the national team level with Nigeria and Haiti. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and is a 2014 inductee into the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame.[1]



Clavijo began his professional playing career at the age of 16 with Uruguayan club Atenas de San Carlos. He spent his six seasons with Atenas at forward. In 1979, Clavijo and his wife moved to the United States in order for him to play for the New York Apollo of the American Soccer League (ASL). The Apollo changed its name to the New York United between the 1979 and 1980 season. Clavijo then spent two seasons with the United. In 1983, he moved to the San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League (NASL). In 1984, he was an NASL All Star with the Earthquakes.


Clavijo began his indoor soccer career, which rapidly eclipsed his outdoor career, in 1981 with the New York Arrows of Major Indoor Soccer League. The move indoors also brought a change from forward to defender. In 1984, he moved to the San Diego Sockers where he contributed to the Sockers winning three championships in his four years with the team.


In 1992, he had earned 8 caps, scoring two goals, for the U.S. Futsal Team.[1]


Clavijo's coaching career began in 1991 with the St. Louis Storm where he was player-coach. In 1994, he became the head coach of the Seattle SeaDogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). In 1997, he was the CISL Coach of the Year. He then moved to the Florida ThunderCats of the National Professional Soccer League. He then assisted ex-US coach Bora Milutinovic with the Nigerian national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He followed Bora to Major League Soccer as well, assisting him with the MetroStars in 1999, the worst season for any team in league history. He left the club after the year, assuming head coaching duties with the New England Revolution. The club were in the middle of the table in the league, but advanced to the 2001 U.S. Open Cup Final, losing away to the Los Angeles GALAXY (in Fullerton, CA.) by 1-2 in extra time. Clavijo was fired midway through the 2002 season.

In 1998, he also served as the head coach of the U.S. Futsal Team.

On October 16, 2003, Clavijo became the head coach of the Haitian national team. He led them through World Cup Qualifying, resigning his position after Haiti lost to Jamaica.[2] On December 22, 2004, the Colorado Rapids hired Clavijo as the team's head coach.

Clavijo was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

Coach Clavijo resigned from the Colorado Rapids on August 20, 2008 after a record in all competitions of 43 wins - 55 losses - 26 draws.

Since 2012, Clavijo has served as Technical Director for MLS club FC Dallas.

Playing stats[edit]

MISL stats[edit]

Year Team GP G A PTS PIM
1981/82 New York 22 2 2 4 8
1982/83 New York 43 9 11 20 12
1984/85 San Diego 39 5 4 9 6
1985/86 San Diego 47 17 9 26 13
1986/87 San Diego 50 16 12 28 12
1987/88 San Diego 51 11 16 27 27
1988/89 Los Angeles 46 10 17 29 29
1989/90 St. Louis 52 17 18 35 10
1990/91 St. Louis 47 15 23 38 18
1991/92 St. Louis 37 9 19 28 4
TOTAL MISL 434 111 131 242 139


Year Team GP G A PTS
1983 Golden Bay 21 0 1 1
1984 Golden Bay 19 1 1 3
TOTAL NASL 40 1 2 4


  1. ^ "Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame | The Turf and Boards". The Turf and Boards. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2018-06-01.