Joe Cannon (soccer)

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Joe Cannon
Joe Cannon - San Jose Earthquakes.jpg
Cannon in October 2008
Personal information
Full name Joseph Cannon
Date of birth (1975-01-01) January 1, 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Sun Valley, Idaho, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Saint Francis High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 11 (0)
1995–1997 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 San Diego Flash 28 (0)
1999–2002 San Jose Earthquakes 101 (0)
2003 RC Lens 0 (0)
2003–2006 Colorado Rapids 86 (0)
2007 LA Galaxy 29 (0)
2008–2010 San Jose Earthquakes 70 (0)
2011–2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 56 (0)
Total 370 (0)
National team
2003–2005 United States 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Joseph "Joe" Cannon (born January 1, 1975) is an American former professional soccer player who played on the United States men's national soccer team.

Early life and education[edit]

Cannon was born January 1, 1975, in Sun Valley, Idaho, to Barbara and Joe Cannon.[1][2] As a child, he was raised in both Sun Valley, Idaho and Los Altos Hills, California.[3] He attended Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum, Idaho, before moving permanently to California at age 12.[3] In California, he played high school soccer for Saint Francis High School.[4]

Cannon attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara for his freshman year and was a student-athlete on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team. He played in 11 games for the Gauchos in 1993 and recorded 3 shutouts.[5] He later transferred to Santa Clara University where he played for the Broncos from 1995 to 1997.[6] He graduated with a degree in political science.[3]

Club career[edit]

San Diego Flash and San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Cannon was not drafted by a Major League Soccer team and instead signed with the San Diego Flash of the A-League in 1998. He appeared in 28 games, posting 11 shutouts, en route to being named the Flash's Most Valuable Player.[7][8]

After a season with the Flash, he was signed by Major League Soccer team San Jose Earthquakes.[8] After starting goalkeeper David Kramer tore the labrum in his shoulder, Cannon was promoted to the first team for the Quakes.[9] He would remain as the starter until 2002, leading San Jose to victory in MLS Cup 2001 and winning his first MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2002.[3]

French foray and return to MLS[edit]

Cannon's Major League Soccer contract expired following the 2002 season and he attempted to play for a European team.[10] After an unsuccessful trial with Feyenoord, he signed a six-month contract with RC Lens of France's Ligue 1.[11] He was behind Charles Itandje in the Lens side and was not able to break into the first team.[11]

Meanwhile, in MLS, the Earthquakes traded the rights to Cannon to the Colorado Rapids for three draft picks and Cannon returned to play in America.[12]

I don’t care whether they bring in Joe Cannon or Jeff Bazooka or Jim Tommygun ... I don't need anyone to push me.

I don’t care if it’s Scott Garlick, Scott Salt or Scott Pepper. I'm very confident in my abilities. I can compete for the job anywhere, and may the best man win.

— Joe Cannon, [13][14]

Cannon was initially behind incumbent goalkeeper Scott Garlick, but Rapids coach Tim Hankinson controversially promoted Cannon into the starting role for the 2003 playoffs.[15] Although Colorado did not advance, Garlick was traded to the Dallas Burn and Cannon kept his starting position.[16] The following season in 2004, Cannon won his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in addition to being named to the MLS Best XI and as a finalist for the MLS Most Valuable Player Award.[3]

In December 2006, Cannon was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Herculez Gomez and Ugo Ihemelu.[17][18] He made his Galaxy debut on April 8, 2007, in a 0–0 tie with the Houston Dynamo.[19] He spent one season with the club.

Earthquakes return[edit]

Cannon returned to the Earthquakes via trade with the Galaxy for allocation money in January 2008.[20] He would spend 3 seasons with the club.

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

Cannon with Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Cannon was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft.[21] He re-signed with Vancouver for the 2012 Major League Soccer season.[22] Cannon retired following the 2013 Major League Soccer season.

International[edit]

Cannon's grandfather and father are Canadian, which made him eligible for selection by the Canada men's national soccer team.[23] Cannon has stated that he could have played had he known of this earlier in his career.[23]

Cannon earned two caps with the United States men's national soccer team, his first coming against New Zealand on June 8, 2003.[24]

Post-playing career[edit]

In March 2014, Cannon was announced as a color commentator for San Jose Earthquakes radio broadcasts on KLIV.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Cannon has a twin brother, Jon, who was a minor league baseball pitcher.[1] He has two other brothers, Cody and Colt.[1] His father, Joe Cannon Sr., was a country-western singer.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colorado Rapids 2003 MLS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004 MLS 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2005 MLS 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2006 MLS 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Total 94 0 0 0 0 0 94 0
LA Galaxy 2007 MLS 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
Total 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
San Jose Earthquakes 2008 MLS 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
2009 MLS 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2010 MLS 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 70 0 0 0 0 0 70 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 MLS 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2012 MLS 26 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
2013 MLS 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 56 0 0 0 0 0 56 0
Career total 254 0 0 0 0 0 254 0

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rosewater, Amy (September 3, 2002). "Cannon brothers take different shots". USA Today (Tysons Corner, Virginia). Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Joe Cannon Player Profile - ESPN FC". http://www.espnfc.us. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e Zarkos, Jody (November 19, 2004). "Gimme Five - This Cannon had a booming year". Idaho Mountain Express (Ketchum, Idaho). Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Schwab, Matt (April 4, 2012). "Goalkeeper Joe Cannon revitalizes career with Vancouver Whitecaps". San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, California). Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "UCSB Men's Soccer Record Book: ALL-TIME GOALKEEPER STATISTICS (5+ GP)" (PDF). http://ucsb.prestosports.com. August 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Santa Clara Men's Soccer: All-Time Roster" (PDF). http://santaclarabroncos.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Litterer, David. "The Year in American Soccer, 1998: USISL A-League (Division 2)". http://homepages.sover.net/~spectrum. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ a b "MLS: Goalkeeper Joe Cannon Headed to San Jose". Soccer America (Oakland, California). January 26, 1999. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "MLS: Injury Update (April 22)". Soccer America (Oakland, California). April 22, 1999. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ Mahoney, Ridge (December 3, 2008). "What's a good keeper worth?". Soccer America (Oakland, California). Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "The SBI Questions: Joe Cannon Answers (Part 1)". http://sbisoccer.com. April 8, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  12. ^ "Rapids Acquire 2002 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon". http://www.coloradorapids.com. August 19, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  13. ^ a b Lepper, Geoff (April 7, 2010). "Quakes' keeper Cannon ends media blackout". http://www.sjearthquakes.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ a b Dure, Beau (2010). Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer. Potomac Books, Inc. p. 153. ISBN 9781597975094. 
  15. ^ Pearce, Alan (November 4, 2003). "Demotion shocks angry Garlick". Rocky Mountain News (Denver). Archived from the original on December 17, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "MLS: Burn acquires Garlick from Colorado". Soccer America (Oakland, California). December 17, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ Forbes, Brian (December 1, 2006). "Rapids trade Joe Cannon". The Denver Post (Denver). Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Galaxy acquire goalkeeper Cannon in trade with Rapids". USA Today (Tysons Corner, Virginia). December 1, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ "DRAWING WITH DYNAMO". http://www.lasoccernews.com. April 8, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  20. ^ "LA Galaxy trades goalkeeper Joe Cannon to San Jose". http://www.espnfc.com. January 10, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  21. ^ "2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick". http://www.mlssoccer.com. November 24, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  22. ^ "'Caps re-sign two". http://www.whitecapsfc.com. December 5, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  23. ^ a b "The SBI Questions: Joe Cannon Answers (Part Two)". http://sbisoccer.com. April 9, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  24. ^ "Cannon Earns First U.S. National Team Appearance". http://santaclarabroncos.com. June 8, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  25. ^ Curran, Olivia (March 27, 2014). "Cannon, Ramey join the Earthquakes broadcast on KLIV". http://www.sjearthquakes.com. Retrieved March 25, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)

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