Joey DiGiamarino

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Joey DiGiamarino
Personal information
Full name Joseph Anthony DiGiamarino
Date of birth (1977-04-06) April 6, 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Corona, CA, United States
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1995–1996 CSUF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Colorado Rapids 67 (7)
1997 Colorado Foxes (loan) 10 (2)
2001–2002 Bayer Leverkusen 0 (0)
2003–2004 MetroStars 18 (0)
2004 Colorado Rapids 8 (0)
National team
1997 U.S. U-20 15 (2)
2000 U.S. U-23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 22, 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 22, 2008

Joseph Anthony "Joey" DiGiamarino (born April 6, 1977 in Corona, California) is an American soccer player who last played left defense for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.

DiGiamarino, nicknamed DiGi, attended Corona High School where he was the 1995 California High School Player of the Year. He played college soccer at Fullerton State, but left it after his sophomore season, becoming one of the early Project-40 signings in MLS history. He was allocated to the Rapids in 1997, but did not see any time with the team that year, instead playing on loan with the Colorado Foxes of the A-League. That year, he also played for the U.S. U-20 national team at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. He played four games as the U.S. went to the Round of 16.[1]

DiGiamarino became a regular with the Rapids in 1998 and played there for three seasons, mostly at left midfield. In 2000, he played for the United States in the Summer Olympics. He left MLS after the year, signing with the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

But various injuries and the quality of the Leverkusen squad led to Joey not seeing any playing time in Germany. After two years in career wasteland, he came back to MLS, signing with the MetroStars in 2003. DiGiamarino was waived by them early in 2004, and was picked up by his original team, Colorado. But the Rapids let him go after the year. In five years in the league, DiGiamarino scored seven goals and added eight assists.


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