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.


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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