John Cunliffe (footballer, born 1984)
|Full name||John Luke Cunliffe|
|Date of birth||8 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Bolton, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2003–2006||Fort Lewis Skyhawks|
|2005||Boulder Rapids Reserve||6||(2)|
|2006||Boulder Rapids Reserve||15||(18)|
|2008||San Jose Earthquakes||12||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:30, 3 January 2011 (UTC).
John Cunliffe (born 8 August 1984) is an English former professional footballer.
College and amateur
Born in Bolton, Cunliffe was a schoolboy trainee with both Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers, before moving to the United States to play college soccer in 2002. He was a pupil at Turton Media Arts College in Bromley Cross, Bolton before turning professional and moving to America to pursue a career in football.
After posting remarkable scoring totals at NCAA Division II Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and in the USL Premier Development League, for Boulder Rapids Reserve, Cunliffe was one of the leading prospects at the MLS combine prior to the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
Cunliffe was drafted in the first round (7th overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA. He made his MLS debut on 7 April against Toronto FC and assisted on the clinching goal in a 2–0 win. He scored his first MLS goal against the Kansas City Wizards on 29 July 2007.
He was acquired by San Jose for Chris Pozniak on 28 March 2008, the day before the beginning of the 2008 season. He scored his first goal with the Earthquakes on 31 May 2008 in a 3–1 to loss to Real Salt Lake, a rocket shot from within the penalty area. He nearly scored a second goal later in the match with a shot that went slightly wide. On 2 March 2009, just prior to the start of the 2009 season, Cunliffe was placed on waivers by the Earthquakes.
He joined Carolina RailHawks for the 2009 season.
- Stags Topple Leaders
- Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes recap, 5–31–08 (MLSnet.com)
- "Earthquakes acquire defender Leitch," San Jose Earthquakes Media Relations, Monday, March 2, 2009.
- "Flitcroft strengthens his squad". Chorley Guardian. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
- "John Cunliffe retires". 11 April 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013.