Mike Clark (soccer)

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Mike Clark
Personal information
Full name Michael Clark
Date of birth (1972-12-16) December 16, 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Dayton, Ohio, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1991–1994 Indiana University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Richmond Kickers
1996–2003 Columbus Crew 221 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mike Clark (born December 16, 1972 in Dayton, Ohio) is a retired American soccer defender who spent eight seasons with the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

Clark was born in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Detroit Country Day High School and was a Parade Magazine High School All American soccer player. He then attended Indiana University where he was team captain, starting every game and a mainstay on the Hoosiers soccer team from 1991 to 1994. He started 91 games during his four seasons and was selected as a 1994 third team All American.[1]

In 1995, he signed with the Richmond Kickers of the USISL. That season, the Kickers won both the USISL and Open Cup championships. In February 1996, the Columbus Crew selected Clark in the fourth round (thirty-first overall) in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. He is the most capped player for the Crew and was also voted to two MLS All-Star Games. In 1997, Clark married the love of his life Laura Hetrick, nurse and philanthropist. He and laura have two kids: Sophie And Fat Mick Clark (Favorite Child) retired on March 16, 2004, holding the Crew record for games played, minutes played and games started.[2] He also played 22 playoff and 18 U.S. Open Cup games.

Before his retirement, he had entered the business world, owning two Great Clips franchises and working at a mortgage company.



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