Tony Lochhead

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Tony Lochhead
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Lochhead for Wellington Phoenix in the 2009-10 A-League
Personal information
Full name Tony James Lochhead
Date of birth (1982-01-12) 12 January 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Tauranga, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Tauranga Boys' College
Otumoetai College
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 83 (4)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Tauranga City United AFC
2004 Orange County Blue Star 10 (1)
2005–2007 New England Revolution 16 (0)
2007–2013 Wellington Phoenix FC 131 (1)
2014 Chivas USA 20 (0)
Total 177 (2)
National team
1999 New Zealand U17 3 (0)
2003–2004 New Zealand U23 6 (1)
2003–2013 New Zealand 47 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tony James Lochhead (born 12 January 1982) is a New Zealand former professional footballer who appeared with the New Zealand national football team.

Early life and education[edit]

Lochhead was born on 12 January 1982 in Tauranga, New Zealand.[1] He was a student at Otumoetai College in Tauranga, where he played football and volleyball.[1][2]

Lochhead went to the United States in 2001 to study at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a student-athlete and played college soccer for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team. He was a member of the team from 2001 to 2004, starting all 83 games he played, and set a school record for total minutes. Lochhead was named first-team All-Big West Conference in 2003, and was a second team All-American and the Big West Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. As a senior, Lochhead lead UCSB to the finals of the 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship where the team fell in penalty kicks.

Club career[edit]

Prior to attending UC Santa Barbara, Lochhead played with Tauranga City United AFC of the New Zealand National Soccer League. While enrolled in college, he appeared in 10 games for USL Premier Development League team Orange County Blue Star and scored one goal.[3]

Following his career at Santa Barbara, Lochhead was drafted 33rd overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution. However, at that time he elected not to sign with MLS to trial with European clubs. While with R.S.C. Anderlecht, Lochhead injured his ankle and returned to Santa Barbara for rehab.[2] A glandular fever slowed the recovery process, but Lochhead returned to Europe for trials in Sweden and Norway which also proved unsuccessful.[2] He signed with New England in September 2005, some months into the season. On 13 April 2007, the Revolution waived Lochhead to free up a senior roster spot for former UC Santa Barbara teammate Bryan Byrne who was signed the same day.[4]

Lochhead in action with Wellington Phoenix FC

On 11 May 2007, Wellington Phoenix FC of Australia's A-League announced the signing of Lochhead on a two-year contract.[5] In July 2008, news surfaced that Lochhead was on trial with English Premier League side Middlesbrough F.C..[6] The next month, the Teesside Gazette reported that Lochhead had returned to Wellington Phoenix.[7] On 25 November 2009 Lochhead made his 50th appearance for Wellington Phoenix in their 6–0 win over Gold Coast United FC and was the first Phoenix player to do so.[8] On 9 June 2013, Lochhead was released after not being offered a new contract.

In January 2014 it was announced that newly appointed head coach, Wilmer Cabrera, had signed Lochhead to Major League Soccer side Chivas USA.[9][10][11] The Chivas USA franchise folded at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

International career[edit]

Lochhead represented New Zealand at Under 17 and under 23 level[12] before making his full All Whites debut in a 0–3 loss Iran on 12 October 2003.[13] He started every match for the team during 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying,[14] and was included in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup squad. Lochhead continues to play for the New Zealand national team and helped the Kiwis qualify for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.[15][16]

On 10 May 2010, Lochhead was named in New Zealand's final 23-man squad to compete at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Lochhead married 2008 Miss Universe New Zealand contestant, Samantha Powell, in August 2012.[18] Following his footballing career, Lochhead became involved with commercial real estate with Colliers International in Southern California.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 June 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Orange County Blue Star 2004 Premier Development League 10 1 0 0 0 0 10 1
New England Revolution 2005 Major League Soccer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 16 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
Wellington Phoenix 2007–08 A-League 18 1 5 0 0 0 23 1
2008–09 21 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
2009–10 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2010–11 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2011–12 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
2012–13 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Total 131 1 7 0 0 0 138 1
Chivas USA 2014 Major League Soccer 20 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
Career total 177 2 8 0 2 0 187 2

International[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 2012 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand  Solomon Islands 4–1 6–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tony Lochhead UC Santa Barbara player profile". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Exelby, Kelly (17 December 2005). "Star seeks Major turnaround". Bay of Plenty Times. Tauranga. Retrieved 27 December 2016 – via The New Zealand Herald. 
  3. ^ "2004 Orange County Blue Star roster and statistics". United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on 16 May 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Scoreboard: Transactions". The Index-Journal. Greenville, South Carolina. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Lochhead Joins The Phoenix". Wellington Phoenix FC. 11 May 2007. 
  6. ^ "Kiwi Lochhead handed Boro trial". BBC Sport. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Arsenal accept Boro's Hoyte bid". Teesside Gazette. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Half-century beckons for Lochhead". Wellington Phoenix FC. 22 October 2009. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Lochhead joins Chivas USA". FIFA. 22 January 2014. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Chivas USA bring veteran New Zealand defender Tony Lochhead back to MLS". Major League Soccer. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (22 January 2014). "Chivas USA sign defender, New Zealand international Tony Lochhead". TheGoatParade.com. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  12. ^ Tony Lochhead Profile at NZ Football
  13. ^ "A-International Lineups". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "New Zealand – All Whites name Confederations Cup squad". Oceania Football confederation. 7 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "2009 Confederations Cup – New Zealand squad". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "All Whites World Cup squad named". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Bertrand, Kelly (August 13, 2012). "NZ All White Tony Lochhead's paradise wedding". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Tony Lochhead Colliers profile". Colliers International. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 

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