Lloyd Monsen

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Lloyd Monsen
Personal information
Date of birth (1931-05-07) May 7, 1931 (age 87)
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1947–1948 Gjoa Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1949 Gjoa ? (18)
1949–1952 New York Americans
1952–1953 Hoechst S.C.
1953–1956 New York Americans
1956– New York Hakoah-Americans
Brooklyn German-Hungarians
Swedish F.C.
National team
1952–1957 United States 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Lloyd Monsen (born May 7, 1931) is a retired American soccer forward and baseball pitcher. Monsen spent eleven seasons in the American Soccer League as well as several years in the lower division German American Soccer League and National Soccer League of New York. He earned three caps with the U.S. national team between 1952 and 1957 and was a member of the U.S. Olympic soccer teams at both the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.



Monsen’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Norway before he was born. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in New York City, attending Fort Hamilton High School. His soccer career began when he joined the Gjoa Juniors, an ethnically Norwegian team, of the Empire State Junior League when he was sixteen. In his first season, Monsen scored fifty-six goals in both league and cup play leading to his moving up to the Gjoa first team of the National Soccer League of New York when he was seventeen. In his first season, he scored eighteen goals in league competition.

Club career[edit]

Monsen’s success with Gjoa led to his signing with the New York Americans of the American Soccer League in 1949. At the time, he was still in high school. He played with the Americans until 1952 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. While serving in Germany, he played briefly for Hoechst S.C. He returned to the U.S. in 1953, rejoined the Americans where he was selected as team captain. In 1954, the Americans won the league title and defeated St. Louis Kutis S.C. to win the National Challenge Cup to gain a double for Monsen and his teammates. In 1956, the Americans merged with Brooklyn Hakoah to form the New York Hakoah-Americans. The Hakoah-Americans went on to win three consecutive league titles 1957, 1958, and 1959. The team also went to the 1958 National Cup only to fall to Kutis. During the 1957-1958 season, Monsen led the ASL with twenty-two goals. For the 1958-1959 season, he was on track for a second scoring title, Pasquale Pepe gained the title with several goals in the last game of league play. Lloyd Monsen nearly won his second consecutive scoring title but lost at the last minute to Pasquale Pepe of Newark Portuguese. During his ASL career, Monsen scored ninety-eight league and forty-seven cup goals. He was also 11 times an ASL All-Star. As Monsen’s career began to wane, he moved to the New York German-Hungarians of the German American Soccer League before finishing his playing career with Swedish F.C. of the National Soccer League of New York. He retired from playing professionally in 1964 but remained active with amateur over age teams until 1988.

National and Olympic teams[edit]

His first game with the senior team came in a 6-0 loss to Scotland on April 30, 1952. He did not play again until a 3-2 loss to Iceland on August 25, 1955. His last game was a 7-2 loss to Mexico in an April 28, 1957 World Cup qualifier.[1]

Monsen was selected for the U.S. soccer team at the 1952 Summer Olympics. At that tournament, the U.S. lost 8-0 to Italy in the first round.[2] He was again selected to the U.S. team at the 1956 Summer Olympics. This time, Yugoslavia defeated the U.S., 9-1, in the first round.[3]

Referee and administrator[edit]

On retiring from playing professionally, Monsen turned towards other soccer-related activities. In 1966, he became a referee and oversaw both amateur club and collegiate games until 1975. He was also an administrator and coach in the Long Island Soccer Football League.


In 1952, Monsen was a member of the U.S. soccer team at the Helsinki Olympics. The team was eliminated in its first game, an 8-0 loss to Italy. The Finnish Olympic Committee put on a demonstration of a local version of baseball then asked the Americans to provide a team to play the locals. The U.S. team asked Walter Giesler, the coach of the U.S. soccer team, to organize a U.S. team. As his soccer players had nothing else to do, they formed the bulk of the U.S. baseball team. This team, with Lloyd Monsen as a pitcher, defeated a Venezuelan team, 14-6, on July 29. On August 5, the U.S. defeated the Finnish team, 19-1, at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.[4]

Non-soccer employment[edit]

In addition to his playing, refereeing, coaching and administering soccer, Monsen managed Republic Aviation property in Long Island.

Monsen was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1997.[5] today, he lives in Clearwater, Florida.


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