Winston Griffiths (soccer)

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Winston Griffiths
Personal information
Full name Winston Griffiths
Date of birth (1978-09-12)12 September 1978
Place of birth Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica
Date of death 23 October 2011(2011-10-23) (aged 33)
Place of death May Pen, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left Midfielder
Youth career
1998–1999 University of Rhode Island
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Connecticut Wolves 25 (5)
2001 Galaxy FC
2002 MetroStars 3 (0)
2002 Los Angeles Galaxy 6 (1)
2002 New England Revolution 8 (0)
2003–2004 Portmore United
2004 Vancouver Whitecaps 23 (2)
2005–2006 Arnett Gardens
2005 Toronto Lynx (loan) 4 (1)
2007 Portuguese Supra 2 (3)
2007–2008 Sporting Central 8 (2)
2010 London City
2010–2011 Humble Lion
National team
1998–2002 Jamaica 28 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 November 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 April 2009

Winston Griffiths (12 September 1978 – 23 October 2011) was a Jamaican footballer who played in the USL A-League, Jamaican National Premier League, Major League Soccer, South Central Confederation Super League, and the Canadian Soccer League. He also appeared for the Jamaica national football team, and represented his country in the 1998, and 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments.

Club career[edit]

College[edit]

After leaving Jamaica's Glenmuir High, Griffiths played college soccer at the University of Rhode Island from 1998 to 1999, leading the team to the Atlantic-10 Conference regular season and tournament championships in 1999. He finished his career at URI with 42 points.

Professional[edit]

Nicknamed Fanna, he began his professional career with the Connecticut Wolves of the A-League.[1] He returned to his native Jamaica to play for Galaxy FC, but his team was relegated from the Jamaican National Premier League. When the season ended he had an unsuccessful trial with Bolton Wanderers. In 2002, Griffiths was drafted by Dallas Burn of the Major League Soccer, but was traded to the MetroStars in exchange for D.J. Countess before the start of season.[2] He made his debut on March 23, 2002 against New England Revolution.[3][4] On April 20, 2002 he was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for a conditional SuperDraft pick, and appeared in six matches and recorded one goal.

He was waived from the roster and on July 30, 2002 he was signed by the New England Revolution.[5] For the remainder of the season he helped New England secure the Eastern Conference title. He featured in the MLS Cup final against his former club the LA Galaxy where he nearly scored the match winner at the 112' minute to only hit the crossbar and allow the Galaxy to recover and record the winning goal a minute later.[6][7] The following season he returned to Jamaica to play with Portmore United, where won the league title and the JFF Champions Cup.[8]

In 2004, he went abroad once more to return to the USL A-League to be signed by the Vancouver Whitecaps. Throughout his time in Vancouver he recorded two goals and five assists, and reached the Western Conference Finals.[9] He returned home in 2005 to play with Arnett Gardens F.C., and returned to Canada on a loan to the Toronto Lynx.[10][11] He made his debut on April 30, 2005 against Richmond Kickers.[12] He recorded his first goal the following match in a 1-1 draw to the Virginia Beach Mariners.[13] After appearing in four matches he was deemed as surplus and returned to Jamaica.

In 2007, he had a third stint in Canada where he played with Portuguese Supra of the Canadian Soccer League. He made his debut for the club on July 12, 2007 in a Open Canada Cup match against the Canadian Lions.[14] On July 15, 2007 he recorded a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over the Lions.[15] After a brief tenure with Supra he returned home to play in the South Central Confederation Super League with Sporting Central Academy, and secured a league title and promotion to the premier league. After a two year absence from football he returned to the CSL in 2010 after London City signed him to a contract from a recommendation from former teammate Rick Titus.[16][17] On July 2, 2010 he returned home in order to sort personal matters out.[18] He finished off his career with Humble Lions F.C. in the premier league.

International career[edit]

Griffiths made his debut for Jamaica in 1998 against Guatemala, and made his last international was in 2002 against Barbados, having played 28 times and scored twice for the Reggae Boyz.[19][20] He scored his first international goal on June 5, 1999 in the 1999 Caribbean Cup against Guadeloupe.[21] He featured in the 1998, and 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments.

Death[edit]

On Sunday 23 October 2011, Griffiths was found in odd circumstances and later died in May Pen hospital, he was 33.[22][23][24]

Honours[edit]

New England Revolution
Portmore United F.C.
Sporting Central Academy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lodes, Kirk J. (2008-01-01). The American Soccer Guide. Kirk Lodes. ISBN 9781930852099. 
  2. ^ "Metros trade DJ Countess for Winston Griffiths - MetroStars / Red Bull New York - Major League Soccer". metrofanatic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Metros open season with win over Revs, 3:1 - MetroStars / Red Bull New York - Major League Soccer". metrofanatic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Winston Griffiths - MetroStars / Red Bull New York - Major League Soccer". metrofanatic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  5. ^ "New England Revolution 54321". archive.revolutionsoccer.net. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  6. ^ Bradley, Jeff. "ESPN.com - SOCCER - Relief in the Galaxy". www.espn.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  7. ^ Doyle, Matt. "Top 50 MLS Cup Moments: #26 Nearly a Hero". 
  8. ^ "Winston Griffiths". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Team Roster & Player Stats". Archived from the original on 24 October 2004. 
  10. ^ Nutt, Dave. "April 26, 2005 USL Toronto Lynx sign Winston Griffiths (from Lynx media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  11. ^ Glover, Robin. "April 19th, 2005 Toronto Lynx press conference (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  12. ^ Nutt, Dave. "April 30, 2005 USL Richmond Kickers vs Toronto Lynx (from Lynx media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  13. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 1, 2005 USL Virginia Beach Mariners vs Toronto Lynx (from Lynx media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  14. ^ Glover, Robin. "July 12, 2007 CSL Portuguese Supra vs Canadian Lions Open Canada Cup (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  15. ^ "July 15, 2007 CSL Sunday's results (from CSL media release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  16. ^ Pyette, Ryan. "Griffiths' magic touch a gift to London City". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  17. ^ Pyette, Ryan. "Big season in works, say insiders". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  18. ^ Pyette, Ryan. "First strike key for London City". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  19. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Winston Griffiths". www.national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  20. ^ "Winston Griffiths". 11v11.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  21. ^ "Jamaica International Matches Details 1998-2010". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  22. ^ Football family in Clarendon stunned by Winston Griffiths' death
  23. ^ Donahue, Sean (2011-10-26). "Remembering Winston Griffiths". New England Soccer Today. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  24. ^ Tobias, Oshane. "Football family in Clarendon stunned by Winston Griffiths' death - Sport". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 

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