Ian Russell (soccer)

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Ian Russell
Personal information
Full name Ian Russell
Date of birth (1975-08-30) August 30, 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Seattle, Washington, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1997 Washington Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Seattle Sounders 38 (16)
2000–2005 San Jose Earthquakes 131 (9)
2007 Los Angeles Galaxy 23 (5)
Teams managed
2008–2016 San Jose Earthquakes (assistant)
2014 San Jose Earthquakes (interim)
2017– Reno 1868
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 April 2007

Ian Russell (born August 30, 1975) is an American soccer player and coach.

Russell attended the University of Washington on a soccer scholarship and was a three-time (1995–97) All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team selection.[citation needed] He then played for the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division in 1998 and 1999. He won the offensive MVP award in 1999.[citation needed]

After being drafted from the Seattle Sounders in 2000, Russell played for seven seasons in Major League Soccer. Six of those seasons were with the San Jose Earthquakes; Russell appeared in 131 games. A pacy midfielder, he scored five goals and 20 assists, helping the Quakes win two MLS Cups, in 2001 and 2003. He is ninth all-time in Quakes history in assists and is tied for first in club history in playoff appearances with 14. His best season with San Jose came in 2001, when he scored three goals and nine assists, while starting all 26 regular season games and all six playoffs games.

Russell also played three games in 2007 with the Los Angeles Galaxy, under the management of Frank Yallop.

Coaching career[edit]

Russell began coaching while playing for the Seattle Sounders and has continued coaching in the Bay Area, including running camps and directing training sessions for numerous youth teams in the South Bay.

Russell returned to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008, as assistant coach.[1] During his first year with the club, Russell helped the team make a very successful return to MLS. This included the team's posting the best record for any expansion team since 1998 with eight wins, 33 points and 32 goals scored. The Quakes also posted a nine-game unbeaten streak from July 12-Sept. 27, which was the longest unbeaten streak in the league in 2008 and the second longest ever by an expansion team.

In the offseason, Russell successfully completed the U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license course.

For the last two games of the 2014 regular season, Russell became interim head coach.[2] Dominic Kinnear eventually took over after the season.[3]

Coaching record[edit]

As of October 19, 2014
Team From To Record
G W L T GF GA GD Win % Ref.
San Jose Earthquakes October 15, 2014[2] Present 1 0 0 1 0 0 +0 00.00 [4]


  1. ^ Quakes hire Russell as assistant
  2. ^ a b "MLS: Earthquakes sack Canadian coach Mark Watson". CBC Sports. The Associated Press. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Carlisle, Jeff (October 15, 2014). "Dominic Kinnear to coach San Jose Earthquakes". ESPN FC. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "San José Earthquakes » Fixtures & Results 2013/2014". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 16 October 2014.