Jeff Hughes (soccer)
|Full name||Jeffrey Hughes|
|Date of birth||August 20, 1984|
|Place of birth||Covington, Kentucky, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|San Diego Sockers|
|2001–2002||Western Michigan Broncos|
|2004||TSV 1860 München||0||(0)|
|2008–2009||1790 Cincinnati (indoor)|
|2011–2012||Syracuse Silver Knights (indoor)||24||(21)|
|2012–2013||Cincinnati Kings (indoor)||12||(22)|
|2013–2014||Missouri Comets (indoor)|
|2014–present||San Diego Sockers (indoor)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 21, 2014.
Youth and college
Growing up in Northern Kentucky, Hughes set several area records for goals scored while playing at Holmes High School. During his senior season, he set the Region record for goals scored in a season and was voted 2001 Northern Kentucky Player of the Year. After high school Hughes chose to play soccer for NCAA Division I Western Michigan University, and then later transferred to the University of Cincinnati at the end of his sophomore year.
Hughes left the college ranks after just one season with the UC Bearcats, forfeiting his remaining NCAA eligibility to play professionally. Originally he signed with the Second Bundesliga club TSV 1860 München, but soon after, he returned to the US and found a home with the USL Second Division team Cincinnati Kings. During the 2006 season, the Kings traded Hughes to the North Carolina-based Wilmington Hammerheads. After just over a year with Wilmington, he left to join the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the 2008 season.
After the close of the 2008 season, he signed with 1790 Cincinnati in the Professional Arena Soccer League, where he was named 2nd team PASL. He returned to the Riverhounds for 2009, but was released from his contract at the end of the season.
Hughed signed on to be a midfielder and the head coach of the Cincinnati Kings of the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2012–13 season. Although he led the Kings to qualify for the postseason and was the team's leading scorer, he was released on January 25, 2013. Hughes signed with the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League the same day.
- "PASL-Pro Weekly - Week 21". Professional Arena Soccer League. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- "Cincinnati Kings - Transactions". Professional Arena Soccer League. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- "Cincinnati Kings - #23 Jeff Hughes". Professional Arena Soccer League. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- "Comets Add Depth For Playoff Push". Independence, MO: Missouri Comets. January 25, 2013. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013.