Manuel Abaunza

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Manuel Abaunza
Personal information
Date of birth 1941
Place of birth Nicaragua
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Inside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960 Vizcoya
1961-1964 Los Angeles Kickers
1965-1966 Orange County Soccer Club
1967 Los Angeles Toros 26 (0)
1968 Los Angeles Armenians
1969 Los Angeles Saprissa
1969 San Pedro Olympia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Manuel Abaunza is a retired Nicaraguan-American soccer inside right who played one season in the National Professional Soccer League.

In 1960, Abaunza, the younger brother of Bayardo Abaunza, played for Vizcoya in Costa Rica. He moved to Los Angeles in 1961 where he joined the Los Angeles Kickers, an amateur team in the Greater Los Angeles League. In 1964, the Kickers won the 1964 National Challenge Cup over the Philadelphia Ukrainians. Abaunza scored in the first game, a 2-2 tie. The Kickers then won the return leg 2-0 to take the title.[1] In 1965, he moved to Orange County Soccer Club of the Continental League. In 1966, Orange County lost in the final of the 1966 National Challenge Cup. On January 29, 1967, Abaunza signed with the Los Angeles Toros of the National Professional Soccer League. The Toros folded at the end of the season and Abaunza moved to the Los Angeles Armenians in 1968 and Los Angeles Saprissa, a team composed almost entirely of Costa Rican players. In September 1969, he moved to San Pedro Olympia.

Although he was called into the United States men's national soccer team in the 1960s, he never played for the team in a full international.


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