Roger Verdi

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Roger Verdi
Personal information
Full name Rajinder Singh Virdee
Date of birth c. 1953 (age 64–65)
Place of birth Nairobi, Kenya
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Montreal Olympique 25 (1)
1974 Miami Toros 10 (0)
1975–1977 St. Louis Stars 59 (0)
1978 San Jose Earthquakes 9 (0)
Total 103 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roger Verdi (born c. 1953) is an English retired professional footballer who spent his entire career in North America, making over 100 league appearances in the North American Soccer League.

Early life[edit]

Verdi was born as Rajinder Singh Virdee in Nairobi, Kenya, to Indian Sikh parents.[1] He moved to England at the age of seven, and changed his name due to racism.[1]



Verdi played with the youth teams of both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town, but failing to get a professional contract with either team, moved to North America.[2]

North America[edit]

In the United States, Verdi played in the NASL between 1972 and 1978 for the Montreal Olympique, Miami Toros, St. Louis Stars and San Jose Earthquakes., making a total of 103 league appearances.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career ended he moved into coaching, holding assistant coaching positions with Athlone Town FC, Stockport County, Phoenix Inferno and Cleveland Cobras. Other coaching positions include Co-director for Hubert Vogelsinger Soccer Academy in Texas, Connecticut and California and has been the Technical Director for youth clubs in Washington, New Mexico. He joined DFW Tornados as a coach in 2010.[3]

He Is also the owner of the Roger Verdi International Soccer Academy.[3]


  1. ^ a b Harmit Singh Kamboe (June 2007). "Interview with Roger Verdi". Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Shamya Dasgupta. "He played against Pele, Best, Banks, now he wants to coach here". Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b DFW Tornados. "DFW Tornados Coaches". Retrieved 31 March 2011. 

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