Gary Heale

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Gary Heale
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-07-15) 15 July 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Canvey Island, Essex, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Canvey Island
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 Luton Town 32 (18)
1978–1982 Reading 76 (20)
1982–1983 Sparta Rotterdam 32 (11)
1983 San Diego Sockers 15 (10)
1983–1988 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 221 (141)
1988–1989 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 48 (37)
1989–1990 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 44 (13)
1989 Seattle Storm
1990–1992 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 47 (35)
1994–1995 Seattle Sounders
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gary John Heale (born 15 July 1958) is a former professional football (soccer) player in both USA and England.

Heale began his career in 1975 with Canvey Island. In 1978, he moved to Luton Town. After only one season, he was transferred to Reading, where he played until 1982.[1] That year, he moved to Sparta Rotterdam in the Netherlands for the 1982–83 season. In 1983, he moved to the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League.[2] In the fall of 1983, he signed with the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1987, he moved to the Los Angeles Lazers, then to St. Louis Storm. In 1988, he spent one season with the Seattle Storm in the Western Soccer League[3] and the Seattle Sounders of the A-League. In 1994, he signed with the Seattle Sounders in the A-League.

He was the head coach of the Washington Premier FC Academy in Tacoma, Washington alongside Jimmy McAlister. They coached the team to the USSF National Finals taking fifth place. In 2018 he was named head coach of Premier Development League side Wake FC. He is also a coach in their youth program.[4]


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