Tim Harris (soccer)

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Tim Harris
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-12-21) December 21, 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Torrance, California, United States
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1980–1983 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 63 (0)
1987–1988 Minnesota Strikers (indoor) 14 (0)
1989 California Kickers 16 (0)
Total 93 (0)
National team
1985 United States 1 (0)
Teams managed
1989 UCLA (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tim Harris is a retired American soccer goalkeeper who spent four seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one in the Western Soccer League. He also earned one cap with the U.S. national team. He is the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team.



Harris played four seasons of college soccer with UCLA from 1980 to 1983. He was a second team All-American in 1983 and finished his career third on the school’s career victories list with forty-eight.[1]


Drafted but not signed in 1984 by the San Diego Sockers, Harris signed with the Los Angeles Lazers of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He played with the Lazers for three seasons before moving to the Minnesota Strikers. Significantly for his future career, Jerry Buss, owner of the Lazers also owned the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Harris spent one season in Minnesota. In 1989, he played one season with the California Kickers of the Western Soccer League.[2]

National team[edit]

Harris earned one cap with the U.S. national team. He replaced Arnie Mausser at halftime in a 5-0 loss to England on June 16, 1985.[3] Harris played another eleven games with the U.S. B team.[4]


Harris spent at least the 1989 season as an assistant coach with UCLA. Brad Friedel stated in an interview that Harris was his all-time football hero, stating that he was the one who "started my journey".[5]

Post soccer career[edit]

Following his retirement from playing professionally, Harris began working in commercial real estate. In this capacity, he joined the management team for the Great Western Forum which served as the home court for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. By 1993, he had risen to the position of Forum Sports Vice President. He eventually jumped to the Lakers organization, becoming the Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Chief Marketing Officer for the Lakers.[6]


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