Kerry Zavagnin

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Kerry Zavagnin
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Personal information
Full name Kerry Zavagnin
Date of birth (1974-07-02) July 2, 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Plymouth, Michigan, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1992–95 North Carolina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Raleigh Flyers ? (?)
1997–1998 MetroStars 39 (0)
1997Long Island Rough Riders (loan) 2 (0)
1999 Lehigh Valley Steam 24 (2)
2000–2008 Kansas City Wizards 205 (5)
National team
2000–2006 United States 21 (0)
Teams managed
2009– Sporting Kansas City (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kerry Zavagnin (/zəˈvæɡnɪn/; born July 2, 1974 in Plymouth, Michigan) is a former American soccer midfielder, who last played defensive midfielder for the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, and sparingly for the US national team. Kerry Zavaginin also went to and played soccer for Detroit Catholic Central High School. He is currently an assistant coach with Sporting Kansas City.

Zavagnin played his college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1992 to 1995, where he registered 22 goals and 24 assists in 76 games. Upon graduating, Zavagnin joined the Raleigh Flyers of the USISL, one of the two major outdoor second divisions in US soccer, for their 1996 season.

Professional career[edit]

After one year with the Flyers, Zavagnin was drafted 21st overall in the 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Colorado Rapids. Before playing a single game for the Rapids, however, Kerry was traded to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, in exchange for Peter Vermes. Zavagnin played 1743 minutes for the Metros in 1997 and 1998, and did not acquit himself well, playing himself out of MLS. In 1997, the MetroStars sent him on loan to the Long Island Rough Riders of the USISL.[1]

Zavagnin joined the Lehigh Valley Steam of the A-League for the 1999 season. After one season in the A-League, Zavagnin returned to MLS after being drafted 30th overall in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards. Zavagnin quickly established himself with the Wizards, playing 2743 minutes at midfield for a team that would both go on to win the MLS Cup, and was one of the best defensive teams in the league's history. Zavagnin remained an important contributor to the Wizards for the next six years, playing a quiet defensive role, and establishing himself as one of the better, though also one of the least recognized, midfielders in the league.

In 2004, Zavagnin began to be recognized among the league's elite. He won a lot of praise for running the Wizards midfield, and was named to the MLS Best XI. In eight years in the league, Zavagnin scored five goals and added 20 assists in regular season play.

Zavagnin received 21 caps for the U.S. national team, making his debut October 25, 2000 against US arch-rival Mexico.

In August, 2008, Zavagnin announced that he would retire at the end of the season.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

As of July 25

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic Playoffs US Open Cup Continental Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Kansas City Wizards 2006* 19 0 0 0
2005 28 0 28 0
2004 24 0 4 0 28 0
2003 29 1 3 0 32 1
2002 27 1 3 0 31 1
2001 27 1 3 0 31 1
2000 31 2 7 0 39 2
Total 185 5 20 0 189 5
MetroStars 1998 18 0 18 0
1997 21 0 21 0
Total 39 0 39 0
Career Totals 228 5 20 0 228 5


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