Rafael Amaya (soccer)

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Rafael Amaya
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-09-21) September 21, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Bogotá, Colombia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Long Island University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Colorado Foxes
1992–1993 Denver Thunder (indoor) 31 (7)
1993–1995 Wichita Wings (indoor) 6 (0)
1996 San Jose Clash 7 (0)
1997 Colorado Rapids 7 (0)
1998–1999 Colorado Comets
1998–1999 Wichita Wings (indoor) 1 (0)
1999–2000 St. Louis Ambush (indoor) 20 (2)
2008 Colorado Predators (guest)
2008 Colorado Lightning
Teams managed
2008–2009 Colorado Lightning
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rafael Amaya (born September 21, 1965) is a retired Colombian-American soccer defender who spent two seasons in Major League Soccer, five in the American Professional Soccer League, at least five in the National Professional Soccer League and at least two in the USISL.


Amaya was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and spent his youth in the United States earning 1983 New York City High School Player of the Year recognition. He then attended Long Island University where he majored in business and communications. In 1987 and 1988, he played in the Colombian First Division. In 1991, he joined the expansion Colorado Foxes in the American Professional Soccer League. He would go on to play five seasons with the Foxes. By the time he signed with Colorado, he may have been playing in the National Professional Soccer League. However, records only begin for the 1992–1993 season when he is listed with the Denver Thunder.[1] In 1993, he moved to the Wichita Wings where he would play two three winter indoor seasons. However, he only saw time in six games during those two seasons. On February 7, 1996, the San Jose Clash selected Amaya in the 13th round (128th overall) of the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. He played seven games for the Clash that year. In January 1997, the Clash traded Amaya and Paul Bravo to the Colorado Rapids for Dominic Kinnear and a second round pick in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft. In the spring of 1998, Amaya joined the Colorado Comets in the USISL PDSL. He played for the Comets during 1998 and 1999. In the fall of 1998, he returned to the Wichita Wings for one game during the 1998–1999 NPSL season. However, in the fall of 1999, he signed with the St. Louis Ambush in the NPSL and played twenty games. That was his last full season of professional soccer as a player, but he continues to make the occasional appearance for lower division teams in Colorado. For example, in 2008 he has played for both the Colorado Predators in the fourth division National Premier Soccer League and with the Colorado Lightning in the Professional Arena Soccer League.[2]


During the early 1990s, Amaya coached at the youth level in Colorado. This included Arvada West High School.[3] In September 2008, the Colorado Lightning of the Professional Arena Soccer League hired Amaya as the team's first coach.[4]

Amaya has also served as member of the BOT (Board of Trustees) of the Colorado State Soccer Association.