Leonard Griffin

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Leonard Griffin
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Personal information
Full name Leonard Griffin
Date of birth (1982-09-11) September 11, 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Pasadena, California, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2000–2003 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Orange County Blue Star 18 (1)
2004–2006 Chicago Fire 18 (0)
2007 Portland Timbers 27 (2)
2007–2008 Columbus Crew 0 (0)
2008 Portland Timbers 29 (0)
2009 Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (0)
2009Hollywood United Hitmen (loan) 2 (1)
2010 Austin Aztex 26 (2)
2011 Los Angeles Blues 13 (0)
Total 134 (6)
Teams managed
2013–2015 UCLA Bruins (assistant)
2016– Portland Pilots (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leonard Griffin (born September 11, 1982 in Pasadena, California) is an American former soccer player, who currently serves as an assistant coach at the University of Portland.


College and Amateur[edit]

Griffin attended Littlerock High School in Littlerock, California, and was a four-year letterman in soccer. He was a three-time first team All-League honoree, and as a senior, he was a Los Angeles Daily News first team All-Area honoree, and set the school single-season record for goals (24 goals).

Griffin played college soccer at the UCLA from 2000 to 2003. Griffin distinguished himself at the school, helping the team win a national championship in 2002, and being named an NCAA All-American in 2003.

During his college years he also played with Orange County Blue Star in the USL Premier Development League, where he played alongside Jürgen Klinsmann.


Upon graduating from UCLA, Griffin was drafted 11th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Fire. In his first year Griffin had trouble establishing himself in a single role, but instead played a variety of defensive positions for the Fire when needed, finishing with 330 minutes over 9 games. He saw 3 games for the Fire in 2005, and 6 in 2006. Griffin was waived by the Fire during the 2007 pre-season, and signed by USL First Division side Portland Timbers, joining former UCLA teammate and fellow defensive standout Scot Thompson.

In September 2007, the Columbus Crew acquired his rights from the Chicago Fire, in exchange for the Crew's natural fourth-round selection in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. In April, he was waived by the Crew to make room for the addition of Gino Padula.[1] He then rejoined the Timbers for the 2008 season.

Griffin was signed by Los Angeles Galaxy on January 7, 2009, but suffered an injury in pre-season which prevented him from playing. Upon his recovery, and with the MLS Reserve Division having been scrapped at the end of 2008, Galaxy loaned Griffin to the Hollywood United Hitmen of the USL Premier Development League for part of the 2009 PDL season, to regain his match fitness levels.[2] He scored a goal on his debut for Hollywood, in a May 30 game against the BYU Cougars. In late February 2010 his option was picked up by Austin Aztex of the USSF Division 2.

Griffin stayed with Austin for the 2010 season. On March 24, 2011, Griffin transferred to Los Angeles Blues of the newly formed USL Pro league.[3]


In 2013 he started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins men's soccer team. After two years at UCLA he was hired by the University of Portland in March 2016 and got a contract as an assistant coach of the Portland Pilots men's soccer team.[4]


Leonard is the older brother of fellow professional soccer player Maxwell Griffin. Also, his brother in law Spencer Thompson was also a professional soccer player who played for the Portland Timbers.


  1. ^ Wednesday's latest (Covering the Crew)[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Hollywood United Hitmen 2009 PDL roster Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Leonard Griffin transferred to LA Blues". orlandocity.com. Orlando City Soccer Club. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  4. ^ 2017 Men's Soccer Coaching Staff – Leonard Griffin, Retrieved 7 February 2018

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