Michael Mason (soccer)
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|Full name||Michael Mason|
|Date of birth||June 28, 1971|
|Place of birth||Kassel, West Germany|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1992–1994||KSV Baunatal / Hessen Kassel|
|1994–1996||Hamburger SV II|
|1997–1999||FC St. Pauli||49||(6)|
|2000||FC Carl Zeiss Jena||16||(7)|
|2005–2007||KSV Hessen Kassel||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Mason was born in Germany, but holds a U.S. passport. He began playing at lower division clubs KSV Baunatal and KSV Hessen Kassel before being picked up by Hamburg in 1994. He played with the reserve team until 1996, when he made the first of a handful of first team appearances.
In 1997, his career hit its high point. He was playing Bundesliga football at Hamburg which led to U.S. national team Steve Sampson calling him up. That year, he earned five caps before his deficiencies became apparent. At that point, his career slowly slid downward. He spent two years at FC St. Pauli, then played briefly with FC Gütersloh, getting picked up by FC Carl Zeiss Jena during the 1999–2000 season.
He last played at a German Regionalliga side, KSV Hessen Kassel, a team he played with as a youth. At his previous team, SV Elversberg, he played for former U.S. national player Brent Goulet who was a longtime player and now coach for the team.
National Team appearances
- March 16, 1997 United States 3–0 Canada (1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
- 60th minute sub
- April 4, 1997 United States 2–2 Mexico (1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
- 78th minute sub
- June 4, 1997 United States 0–0 Paraguay
- started, subbed out 64th minute
- June 17, 1997 United States 2–1 Israel
- 71st minute sub
- June 29, 1997 El Salvador 1–1 United States (1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
- 75th minute sub
- "Michael Mason" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- Michael Mason at National-Football-Teams.com