Michael Butler (soccer)

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Michael Butler
Personal information
Full name Michael Butler
Date of birth (1976-01-05) 5 January 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Philadelphia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
UMass Minutemen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Western Mass Pioneers (15)
1999 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 (11)
1999–2000 Lechia Gdańsk 1 (0)
2000 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 9 (3)
2000 Hershey Wildcats 11 (1)
2001–2002 Long Island Rough Riders 18 (3)
2001 MetroStars (loan) 1 (1)
2004 Long Island Rough Riders 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael Butler (born 5 January 1976 in Monrovia) is a Liberian retired professional soccer player.



Butler was inducted in the Springfield Massachusetts High School Sports Hall of Fame in November 2009. He was one of 100 inaugural inductees selected from the 100 years spanning from 1900–2000. During his four years at the University of Massachusetts he held three separate career records in goals scored, assists and overall points.


In 1998, Butler turned professional with the Western Mass Pioneers.[1] He tied Luis Orellano for the league lead in goals with fifteen. Butler was the USISL D-3 Pro League Rookie of the Year.[2] In 1999, he moved to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Butler was drafted by Columbus Crew in the first round of the 1999 MLS Supplemental Draft with the 9th pick.[3] In 2000, he played for the Hershey Wildcats.[4] In 2001, he was loaned from Long Island Rough Riders to MetroStars who were in desperate need of strikers due to injuries. In his only match for the Metros, Butler scored the game winner off a Daniel Hernández cross in extra time against Tampa Bay.[5]


After assistant coaching stints at American International College, SUNY Purchase, and George Washington University, Butler currently serves as head coach for the Women's team at Berkeley College. He is also the Director of Soccer Operations at 5 Star Soccer Academy based in Long Island, New York and the Technical Director for the Girls Program at Downtown United Soccer Club (DUSC) based in Manhattan.[6] Butler currently serves on the National training staff for the United States Soccer Foundation based out of Washington, D.C..


  1. ^ "Michael Butler". SoccerStats.us. 
  2. ^ "The Year in American Soccer, 1998". homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  3. ^ "MetroStars call up three players". MetroFanatic. 29 June 2001. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  4. ^ 2000 Hershey Wildcats
  5. ^ Nobles, Charlie (5 July 2001). "MetroStars Strike Late For Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mike Butler hired as Girls Technical Director". DUSC. June 26, 2013. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. 

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