Otey Cannon

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Otey Cannon
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-10-16) October 16, 1950 (age 67)
Place of birth San Francisco, California, United States
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1970–1971 Chico State University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Dallas Tornado 11 (0)
1974–1975 Seattle Sounders 10 (1)
1976–1978 Sacramento Spirits 57 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Otey Cannon is a retired American soccer forward who was the first black American player in the North American Soccer League. He also played in the American Soccer League.

Cannon attended Chico State University where he played on the men's soccer team in 1970 and 1971. Although he played only two season, his 42 goals puts him second on the team's career goals list.[1] Chico State inducted him into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.[2]

In 1972, Cannon turned professional with the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League. In 1974, Dallas traded him to the expansion Seattle Sounders. In 1976, Cannon moved to the Sacramento Spirits of the American Soccer League.[3]


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