Joe Cannon (soccer)
Cannon in October 2008
|Full name||Joseph Cannon|
|Date of birth||January 1, 1975|
|Place of birth||Sun Valley, Idaho, United States|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|1993||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos|
|1995–1997||Santa Clara Broncos|
|1998||San Diego Flash||28||(0)|
|1999–2002||San Jose Earthquakes||101||(0)|
|2007||Los Angeles Galaxy||29||(0)|
|2008–2010||San Jose Earthquakes||70||(0)|
|2011–2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||56||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 17, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Joe Cannon (born January 1, 1975) is an American soccer player.
After playing college soccer at UC Santa Barbara, Cannon was not drafted by a Major League Soccer team and instead signed with the now-defunct San Diego Flash of the A-League in 1998. After a season with the Flash, he was signed by MLS's San Jose Earthquakes as the backup goalkeeper. After a shoulder injury sidelined starting goalkeeper David Kramer eight games into the 1999 season, Cannon manned the Quakes nets as the starter until 2002, leading the team to the MLS Cup championship in 2001 and winning his first MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2002.
Cannon left the Quakes in 2003, signing a six-month contract with RC Lens of France's Ligue 1. He was not able to break into the Lens first team, and left France after the season. The Earthquakes traded his rights to the Colorado Rapids for three draft picks. Cannon could not get into the squad in Colorado, as incumbent keeper Scott Garlick was playing well, but Rapids coach Tim Hankinson controversially made the switch for the playoffs. Although Colorado did not advance, Garlick was traded to the Dallas Burn, and Cannon kept his starting position.
In 2004, Cannon was one of the better goalkeepers in MLS, often keeping Rapids in games thanks to his play, and winning his second Goalkeeper of the Year award, being named to his first MLS Best XI and becoming a finalist for the MVP. On December 1, 2006, Cannon was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Herculez Gomez and Ugo Ihemelu. He made his Galaxy debut April 8, 2007 in a 0-0 tie with the Houston Dynamo.
Cannon later returned to the Earthquakes via a trade with the Galaxy for allocation money on January 10, 2008. He had a great year, though San Jose could not make the playoffs. During the season, he stopped 4 out of 6 penalty kicks he faced.
Cannon's father is Canadian, which made him eligible to have played for the Canadian national team, should he have chosen to do so. Joe turned down the chance, instead choosing to represent the United States National Team.
- MLS Goalkeeper of the Year: 2002, 2004
- San Jose Earthquakes acquire goalkeeper Joe Cannon, retrieved January 10, 2008
- "2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick". MLSsoccer.com. November 24, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
- "'Caps re-sign two | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. December 5, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
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