Ståle Søbye

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Sui Søbye
Personal information
Full name Ståle Søbye
Date of birth (1971-06-30) 30 June 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth Norway
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1989 IL Driv
1990 Moss FK
1991–1994 University of San Francisco
1995 Atlanta Ruckus 29 (8)
1996–1997 Moss FK
1999 San Francisco Bay Seals

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Ståle "Sui" Søbye (born 30 June 1971) is a retired Norwegian[1] football (soccer) midfielder who was a two time first team All American. He spent one season in the American Professional Soccer League and one in the USL A-League.

Søbye played for Moss FK in the Norwegian Premier League in 1990,[2] having joined the club from IL Driv.[3] He then attended the University of San Francisco where he played on the men's soccer team from 1991 to 1994. He led the team as its creative midfielder, earning 1993 and 1994 first team All American honors.[4][4] In February 2008, the University of San Francisco inducted Søbye into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.[5] In 1995, he signed with the Atlanta Ruckus of the A-League. That season, Søbye and striker Lenin Steenkamp took the Ruckus the championship series where it fell to the Seattle Sounders.[6] He returned to Moss FK in Norway for the 1996 season,[2] played the 1997 season in the Norwegian First Division (second tier)[7] before returning to the US in 1999 with the USL A-League San Francisco Bay Seals.[8]


  2. ^ a b Norwegian Premier League stats for Ståle Søbye
  3. ^ Johannessen, Tom W. (21 April 1990). "Sørger for mål, poeng og penger". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 33. 
  4. ^ a b 1993 All Americans
  5. ^ USF Set to Induct Six into the Father Hubert "Hub" Flynn Athletic Hall of Fame
  6. ^ 1995 Atlanta Ruckus
  7. ^ First and last match day of the 1997 Norwegian First Division
  8. ^ 1999 A-League results