Jake Edwards (footballer, born 1976)

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Jake Edwards
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-05-11) 11 May 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Wrexham 11 (1)
1999 Blackpool (loan) 0 (0)
1999–2000 Telford United (loan) 8 (5)
2000–2002 Telford United 79 (22)
2002–2003 Charleston Battery 9 (0)
2003–2004 Yeovil Town 27 (6)
2004–2006 Exeter City 48 (6)
2005–2006 Tamworth (loan) 8 (4)
2006 Chester City (loan) 10 (1)
2006–2007 Crawley Town 21 (2)
2007 Tamworth 21 (7)
2007–2008 Burton Albion 30 (4)
2008–2010 Solihull Moors ? (16)
Total 272+ (74)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jake Edwards (born 11 May 1976) is an English former/American professional footballer who currently works as a league administrator. Since 2015, he has been president of the United Soccer League, the United States second division league.

Early life[edit]

Edwards was born in Manchester, England. As a child, his family moved to New Jersey, USA where he attended East Hanover High School, playing soccer all four years. He was a ball boy at the 1994 FIFA World Cup before moving back to England to begin his playing career at Wrexham before going on loan to Blackpool and Telford United.

Playing career[edit]

Telford United then signed him permanently. After briefly returning to the United States to play for Charleston Battery of the United Soccer League he then moved to Yeovil Town for a season before signing for Exeter City. He was then loaned out twice more, first to Tamworth, then to Chester City where he helped the club avoid relegation from the Football League. He then signed for Crawley Town at the start of the 2006–07 season.

On 11 January 2007, Edwards left the Red Devils to join his former club Tamworth on a contract that would see him with The Lambs until the end of the season with an option on a further season.

On 10 May 2007, Edwards and Tamworth teammate John McGrath joined local rivals Burton Albion following Tamworth's relegation from the Football Conference. He was released at the end of the season.

Administrative career[edit]

Following his retirement as player, Edwards earned an MBA from Warwick Business School and became commercial director for Solihull Moors FC. He later became an executive at London-based consulting firm Octagon Worldwide.

On 29 June 2013 Edwards was appointed Vice President of the USL Pro (where he had previously played for Charleston Battery to further the expansion of that 3rd division league in the United States.[1] Edwards played a major role in the league's massive expansion in 2014 and 2015, and in March 2015 Edwards was named the league's new president after the departure of Tim Holt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jake Edwards Named VP of USL PRO". USL Pro. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 

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