Joe Speca

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Joe Speca
Personal information
Full name Joseph Speca
Date of birth (1937-07-01) July 1, 1937 (age 80)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Playing position Defender
Youth career
College of Mount St. Joseph
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957– Baltimore Pompei
1966–67 Baltimore St. Gerards
1967–1968 Baltimore Bays 20 (1)
National team
1960–1968 United States 3 (0)
Teams managed
1967–1968 Baltimore Bays
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph “Joey”[1] or “Joe” Speca (born Highlandtown, Baltimore, Maryland) is a former U.S. soccer player. Speca played a single season in both the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL). He also earned three caps with the United States.

Youth[edit]

Speca grew up in Baltimore, playing soccer first at Patterson Senior High School then the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Professional career[edit]

Speca began his professional career with Baltimore Pompei. He then played for Baltimore St. Gerards, American Soccer League champions of 1966-67. In 1967, Speca signed with the Baltimore Bays of the National Professional Soccer League. He was one of only three native-born U.S. players in the league.[2] In 1968, the NPSL merged with the United Soccer Association to form the North American Soccer League. Speca then spent the 1968 season with the Bays in the NASL.[3]

National team[edit]

In 1959, Speca was selected for the U.S. roster at the 1959 Pan American Games. In 1960, he earned his first of three caps with the U.S. national team in a 3-3 tie with Mexico in a World Cup qualifier. He did not play again for the national team until September 15, 1968 when he came on for Eddie Clear in a 3-3 tie with Israel. His last game came ten days later in a 4-0 loss to Israel. In this game, he came on for Helmut Kofler.[4]

In 1995, Speca was inducted into the Old Timers Soccer hall of Fame.[1] In May 2007, inducted into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.

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