Kiki Lara

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Kiki Lara
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Lara
Date of birth (1981-07-24) July 24, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eastern Illinois Panthers (Head coach)
Youth career
1997–2000 Bollettieri Soccer Academy
2000–2004 UIW Cardinals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Minnesota Thunder 38 (1)
2007–2008 Portland Timbers 25 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2014 Dayton Flyers (asst.)
2015–present Eastern Illinois Panthers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ricardo "Kiki" Lara (born July 24, 1981 in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is a retired American soccer player who last played for the USL First Division side Portland Timbers and currently works as head coach of the Eastern Illinois Panthers.[1]


Lara played college soccer in San Antonio, Texas at the University of the Incarnate Word. He captained the team from 2001 to 2003 and was also named a Divisi9on II All-American in each of those 3 seasons. In 2004, he joined the Minnesota Thunder and played 26 games in his inaugural season.[2] He then played 19 times and scored one goal the following campaign.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

He started his coaching career in 1995 as coach of the Las Cruces Strikers,[4] a youth soccer club founded by his sister Linda Lara.[5]

In 2005 while still a player with the Minnesota Thunder, he also worked as an assistant coach of the Washington State University women's soccer program.[6]

On June 8, 2009 he was named as an assistant coach for the Dayton Flyers men's soccer team.[7]

He was named the head coach of the Eastern Illinois Panthers men's soccer team on March 10, 2015.[1]


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