Mike Slivinski

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Mike Slivinski
Personal information
Full name Michael Slivinski
Date of birth (1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Scott Galagher
1993–1996 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 D.C. United 23 (0)
1998 MLS Pro-40 (loan) 5 (0)
1998 Hampton Roads Mariners (loan) 3 (0)
1999 Northern Virginia Royals (loan) 1 (0)
1999 Maryland Mania (loan) 2 (0)
1999 MLS Pro-40 (loan) 7 (0)
2000 San Diego Flash (loan) 8 (1)
2001 Milwaukee Rampage 8 (1)
National team
1991 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:21, 3 January 2007 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2007

Mike Slivinski (born October 31, 1974) is a former U.S. soccer player.

Youth and college[edit]

Slivinski, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, grew up immersed in that city’s soccer culture. Beginning playing when he was five, Slivinski became a member of the Scott Gallagher soccer club. Slivinski attended Francis Howell North High School where he was the 1992-1993 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Missouri. Slivinski attended the University of Virginia where he was a member of the men’s soccer team from 1993-95. A forward with blazing speed and electrifying creativity, Slivinski's college career was shattered when he suffered a torn ACL. Though he recovered from the injury after a year's hiatus, he was never the same. In 1994, Slivinski was unable to play for the Cavaliers as he was academically ineligible.[1]

Professional career[edit]

On March 14, 1998 D.C. United of Major League Soccer (MLS) signed Slivinski as a discovery player. That season he saw time in nineteen games, but had difficulty finding playing time the next two seasons. As a result, United loaned him to MLS Pro-40, Hampton Roads Mariners, Northern Virginia Royals, Maryland Mania and San Diego Flash. United waived him on June 30, 2000 after he played only two games that season.

Slivinski signed with the Milwaukee Rampage of USL First Division for the 2001 season. He played eight games and scored one goal.

National team[edit]

Slivinski was selected for the U.S. team at the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship. The U.S. went 3-0 in the first round, but fell to Qatar in penalty kicks in the second round.

Slivinski earned one cap with the U.S. national team. On September 14, 1991, he started in a 1-0 victory over Jamaica. He was 16 years and 10 months old, a record for the youngest player capped by the U.S., a record since eclipsed by Freddy Adu.

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