Ray Burse

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Ray Burse
Personal information
Full name Ray Burse, Jr.
Date of birth (1984-10-02) October 2, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Prospect, Kentucky, United States
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
2002–2005 Ohio State Buckeyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Chicago Fire Premier 10 (0)
2006–2009 FC Dallas 25 (0)
2008 Portland Timbers (loan) 13 (0)
2011 Columbus Crew 0 (0)
2011 Puerto Rico Islanders 26 (0)
2012 Carolina RailHawks 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 28, 2012

Ray Burse, Jr. (born October 2, 1984 in Prospect, Kentucky) is an American former soccer player.


College and amateur[edit]

Burse attended St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and played college soccer at The Ohio State University. His 162 career saves and 1.11 goals-against average has left him as one of OSU's best goalkeepers to date. In high school Burse was named an All-American playing as a forward.

In 2005 Burse also played for Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Premier Development League, finishing the year with an impressive 0.68 goals-against average.


Burse was drafted in the third round of the 2006 MLS Superdraft and played on the F.C. Dallas reserve squad. During the 2006 season for FC Dallas, Burse made no first team starts, but was regular on the reserve squad. Burse made his professional debut in Dallas' 1-1 draw with C.D. Guadalajara in the opening match of the SuperLiga on July 24, 2007. He made his first MLS league appearance in a 1-0 win against Colorado Rapids on August 4, 2007. In 2008, he was loaned out to the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division. He returned to Dallas on June 4, 2008 after starting in ten games and recording six clean sheets.[1] He made his first of two starts on June 1, 2008 in a 2-1 loss against the Colorado Rapids. Ray served as the backup goalie in 20 regular season games for FC Dallas during the 2008 MLS regular season.

Burse signed a short-term contract with the Columbus Crew on February 19, 2011 [2][dead link] due to injuries to the team's top two goalkeepers [3] He made two starts for the Black & Gold in both legs of the Crew's 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Real Salt Lake. In game one on February 22, 2011 in Columbus Crew Stadium, Burse went on to post a shutout in the 0-0 stalemate.[4] He was named the player of the match via text message voting by fans. On March 15, 2011 he was released by the Crew.[5] On March 29, 2011 it was announced that the Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League had signed Burse for the 2011 season. This season proved to be a tremendous comeback for Burse. He anchored the Islanders' defense to one of the best goals against average in the league and a play off birth.[6]


  1. ^ United Soccer Leagues (USL) Archived 2008-10-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ http://blog.dispatch.com/crew/2011/02/weekend_update.shtml Crew Xtra - Weekend Update
  3. ^ Craig Merz (February 21, 2011). "Injuries open opportunity for Burse". MLS. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-02-22.  CONCACAF Champions League Official Statistics - 02.22.2011 Columbus Crew vs. Real Salt Lake
  5. ^ Craig Merz (March 15, 2011). "Crew Notes: Settled ahead of opener vs. DC". MLS. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Islanders sign goalkeeper Ray Burse". PR IslandersFC. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 

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