Tim Harris (soccer)
|Date of birth||December 21, 1961|
|Place of birth||Torrance, California, United States|
|1984–1987||Los Angeles Lazers (indoor)||63||(0)|
|1987–1988||Minnesota Strikers (indoor)||14||(0)|
|* 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.
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.
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".
Post soccer career
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.