Tony McManus (soccer)

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Tony McManus
Personal information
Full name Anthony McManus
Date of birth (1980-09-22) September 22, 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlanta Silverbacks
Number 30
Youth career
1999–2003 UAB Blazers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Memphis Express 18 (2)
2004 Chicago Fire 0 (0)
2004 Virginia Beach Mariners (loan) 24 (1)
2005–2008 Atlanta Silverbacks 156 (7)
2005 FC Dallas (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Portland Timbers 52 (1)
2011 FC Tampa Bay 6 (0)
2011 Carolina RailHawks 7 (1)
2012 Atlanta Silverbacks 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 26, 2012.

Anthony "Tony" McManus (born September 22, 1980 in Erie, Pennsylvania) is a former American soccer player who is currently an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers.[1]


College and Amateur[edit]

McManus played college soccer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2000 to 2003, where he was recognized as one of the best defenders in Conference USA (C-USA). McManus was selected to the C-USA Team of the week three times, Soccer America Magazine Team of The Week twice, and College Soccer News Team of the Week once. He was also a C-USA third team All Conference his junior year. The accolades continued his senior season when McManus was named C-USA first team All Conference, the C-USA Defender of the Year, an NSCAA third team All-America, and a College Soccer Times All America.

In 2002, McManus played with the Memphis Express in the USL Premier Development League.

McManus also played ODP for Region III, making the Tennessee State Team from 1994–1999, and was selected for the Region III team in '96, and the US National Pool in 1998. He was also selected to the USASA Region III Team in 2003 and was a member of the US National B Team.


McManus was drafted in the sixth round (59th overall) in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire. He played in all pre-season matches for Fire, but sent on loan with the Virginia Beach Mariners of the USL First Division. He played 24 games in the 2004 season, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists in 898 minutes. After the USL season ended McManus was recalled to the Fire and played 35 minutes in the inaugural Hall of Fame Game against the New York/New Jersey Metrostars.[2]

In 2005, McManus moved to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL First Division, where he stayed until the team's demise following the 2008 season. He played in 24 games and logged 1027 minutes in 12 starts in his first season with the team, and ultimately played 156 league games in his four seasons with the team, scoring 7 goals.

Following the conclusion of the 2005 USL1 season McManus was briefly loaned to FC Dallas of the MLS; he played in two reserve matches logging 90 minutes, but never saw any first team action.[3]

In January 2009, McManus signed with the Portland Timbers of the USL-1.[4] McManus spent two years with the USL franchise helping them to the Commissioners Cup Championship. Was invited into the teams 2011 MLS camp and decided to leave the team at the end of the preseason.[5]

McManus signed with FC Tampa Bay of the second division North American Soccer League on March 4, 2011.[6] On May 26, 2011, it was announced that McManus had been released by Tampa, citing breach of contract. McManus announced his retirement from professional soccer on June 23, 2011.

On August 12, 2011 it was announced that McManus had signed a contract to finish the season with the Carolina RailHawks, also of the North American Soccer League.[7]

The Atlanta Silverbacks, now playing in the North American Soccer League, announced the return of McManus to the squad on January 30, 2012.[8]


In addition to playing competitive soccer, McManus also coaches girls U-11 and U-15 soccer teams in Roswell, GA for the Roswell Santos Soccer Club in addition to Oglethorpe University as an assistant coach on the men's team.[9]


Portland Timbers[edit]


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