Walsall player 162. ‘Rubén Darío Larrosa’


‘Rubén Darío Larrosa’ (born 12 April 1979 in Argentina) emerged from the bottom of the Football Club Argentino city Lauquen Dam. Now a professional footballer side currently playing for Italian Football League ASD Aprilia calcium, where he plays as a Front Forward
He has played for different clubs throughout the world, such as Juventud de Las Piedras and C.A. Cerro (Uruguay), Gama(Brazil), Hailong (China), UD Marbella (Spain), Persib Bandung (Indonesia), Walsall (England).

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Darío Larrosa
Personal information
Full name Rubén Darío Larrosa
Date of birth April 12, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Trenque Lauquen, Argentina
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
A.C.D. Aprilia calcio
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000-2002 Juventud de Las Piedras 22 (6)
2002-2003 C.A. Cerro 33 (18)
2003-2004 Gama 13 (5)
2004-2005 Hailong 14 (9)
2005-2006 UD Marbella 16 (8)
2006-2007 Persib Bandung 20 (7)
2007-2008 Walsall 15 (8)
2008-2010 Birkirkara 13 (8)
2010-2012 Ischia 12 (6)
2012- A.C.D Aprilia calcio 18 (5)

Walsall player 161. Milan Lalkovič


Milan Lalkovič (born 9 December 1992) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger.
Born in Košice, Lalkovič spent his early career with Košice-Barca and MFK Košice before signing for English clubChelsea in 2007He joined Doncaster Rovers in August 2010; Lalkovič made a total of six appearances for Doncaster before returning to Chelsea.
Lalkovič signed a season-long loan deal with Dutch club ADO Den Haag in August 2011,[] and a season-long loan deal with Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães in July 2012. On 4 January 2013 Lalkovič was recalled by Chelsea as he was struggling to find regular playing time.
On 15 July 2013, Lalkovič signed for Walsall on a six-month loan deal. During this period, Lalkovič scored 4 times in 24 appearances. On 6 January 2014, Lalkovič extended his loan with Walsall until the end of the season. On 23 May 2014, Chelsea released Lalkovič and made him available for free transfer.
On 25 July 2014, Lalkovič signed a deal with Czech FK Mladá Boleslav.

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Milan Lalkovič
Personal information
Full name Milan Lalkovič
Date of birth 9 December 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Košice, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 10
Youth career
Košice-Barca
1998–2007 MFK Košice
2007–2010 Chelsea
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Chelsea 0 (0)
2011  Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2012 ADO Den Haag (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Vitória de Guimarães (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2014 Walsall (loan) 38 (6)
2014–2015 Mladá Boleslav 6 (0)
2015 Barnsley 17 (0)
2015-2016 Walsall 40 (7)
2016- Portsmouth 0 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Slovakia U17 9 (2)
2009–2010 Slovakia U19 3 (0)
2011–2014 Slovakia U21 16 (1)

Walsall player 160 John Keister


John Keister (born Manchester, played for Sierra Leone. 11 November 1970. is a former football (soccer) player currently managing in Sierra Leone. Although born in England he has gained international caps for Sierra Leone.
Keister started his career at Sierra Leone side Tigres in 1992 before moving to England in 1993. Since living in England he has played for Walsall, Chester City, Shrewsbury Town, Stevenage Borough, Margate and Dover Athletic where he was captain before returning to previous club Margate on a free transfer in September 2009. However in January 2010 he was suspended from all his contract duties for a period of 14 days whilst his club JK walsallinvestigated allegations against him of misconduct.
Whilst playing for non-league club Margate he gained 2 international caps for Sierra Leone, he played in two World Cup qualifying games against Nigeria and Morocco, making him the first player from the club to receive international recognition whilst playing for them.
Keister was player/assistant manager at the club but left in February 2011, and is now head coach of FC Johansen.

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Tigres
1993–2000 Walsall 106 (2)
2000 Chester City 10 (0)
2000–2001 Shrewsbury Town 8 (0)
2001 Stevenage Borough
2001–2006 Margate 186 (22)
2006–2009 Dover Athletic 97 (3)
2009–2011 Margate 3 (0)
NATIONAL TEAM
2000–2002 Sierra Leone 7 (0)

Walsall player 159.José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior


José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior, or simply Júnior, (born June 15, 1976 in Fortaleza) is a Brazilian footballstriker playing for ABC of the Brazilian Série B.
Júnior has represented many clubs, including Derby County and Rotherham United, and has, to date, played in eight different countries. He arrived in Europe and at English First Division side Walsall from Brazilian side Treze at the beginning of the 2002/03 season. Júnior and Jorge Leitão formed a Portuguese speaking front-line that was envied by most clubs in the league. Between them they scored 29 goals during the course of the season, Júnior scoring 16 of them, for a side which many believe was the most talented Walsall team since the club’s golden era under Bill Moore in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Despite the best efforts of Walsall manager Colin Lee to sign him permanently, Júnior moved on to Derby County in August 2003; in his final game at Bescot Stadium, he had demonstrated his skills perfectly by scoring a hat-trick against the Rams. Júnior got off to a good start at Derby, forming a talented partnership up front with Charlton loanee Mathias Svensson, but Svensson was recalled by Charlton. Júnior then injured a cruciate knee ligament in September, and, when he had recovered, he did not get much of a chance to play. He moved to Rotherham United (on loan) and to Watford, who sold him due to a problem with legal paperwork and his apparent lack of correct personal permits.
Júnior then moved to Denmark in October 2005, to Odense Boldklub. He scored 9 goals in 16 matches before being sold to Swedish club Malmö FF on July 1, 2006. He scored 17 goals in 38 appearances for Malmö FF, increasing his reputation in Sweden. On 16 April 2007, he famously scored Malmö’s 3000th goal in Swedish league history, when he scored the opening goal against GAIS after one minute.
F.C. Copenhagen signed José Junior on 31 January 2008. He spent much of his time there on the bench because of the stiff competition from Morten Nordstrand and fellow Brazilians Aílton Almeida and César Santin. He signed with FC Nordsjælland on loan in February 2009.
In May 2009, José Junior threatened not to show up for the game between FC Nordsjælland and F.C. Copenhagen, because he refused to be a substitute. FC Nordsjælland manager Morten Wieghorst subsequently announced that José Junior had played his last game for the club.
On 23 November 2009, Júnior agreed with FC Copenhagen to suspend his contract. It was then supposed that Júnior should sign with Randers FC, whom he was previously loaned to, but his contract was cancelled as he had not attended the latest training sessions. He then returned to his homeland Brazil and signed for Vitória in February 2010.
Júnior helped Vitória reach the final of the 2010 Copa do Brasil, scoring 7 goals in the competition, including one against Santos in the final’s second leg.

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The facts below were taken from a Brazilian site and translated by Google translate. Again I cannot verify them.

YEARS CLUBS GAMES (GOALS / GOALS)
1998
1999
19992000
20002001
20012002
2002
20022003
20032005
20042005
2005
20052006
20062007
20082010
2009
2009
2010
2011
20112012
2013
2014
2014 –2016
Brazil Fortress
Chile Unión Española
Spain Cordoba
Belgium Beveren
France AC Ajaccio
Brazil Treze
England Walsall
England Derby County
England Rotherham United
England Watford
Denmark Odense Boldklub
Sweden Malmö FF
Denmark Copenhagen
Denmark Nordsjælland ( Loan. )
Denmark Randers ( Loan. )
Brazil Victory
Brazil Ceará
Brazil Bahia
Brazil ABC
Brazil Tiradentes
Brazil Juazeirense
0                        (0)
7                         (3)
5                          (0)
29                       (20)
9                           (2) 

36                         (15)
30                         (25)
12                           (7)
0                            (0)
16                           (9)
38                          (30)
17                           (10)
11                             (5)
10                             (1)
63                           (30)
18                             (5)
64                            (20)
2                               (0)
6                                (2)
2                                 (3)

Walsall player 158. John Kerr, Jr.


John Kerr, Jr. (born March 6, 1965) is an Canadian American retired soccer midfielder who played professionally in the United States, Canada, England, France and Northern Ireland during a much traveled and varied playing career. He is currently head coach of the Duke University men’s soccer team. Kerr was named the 1986 Hermann Awardwinner as the top collegiate player of the year. He also earned sixteen caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team.
Born in Canada, Kerr grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. The son of Scottish footballer John Kerr, Sr., Kerr, Jr. won the 1984 James P. McGuire Cup with Montgomery United and in 1986, while playing the collegiate off-season with his father’s Fairfax Spartans, he won the National Amateur Cup. Kerr played collegiately at Duke University. During his four years with the Blue Devils he was a two time first-team All-America. In 1986, he was the captain of the Duke team which won the NCAA national championship. He won the Hermann Award as the NCAA Player of the Year as a senior. In 2004, Duke University inducted Kerr into its Sports Hall of Fame.
In the spring of 1987, Kerr spent his last semester of college as an exchange student in England. While in England, he played with Isthmian League club Harrow Borough towards the end of 1986–1987 season[3]reportedly attracting the attention of several English Football League professional clubs. In June 1987, theTacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League selected Kerr in the second round of the MISL draft. He declined to sign with the Stars. In the summer of 1987, he returned to England and signed with Portsmouth (then newly promoted to the First Division) on the recommendation of Peter Osgood. Making his First Division debut for the club away at Oxford United in a 4–2 defeat on August 15, 1987. During the 1987–88 season, Kerr made a first team total of four league and two cup game appearances together with a 3-month loan spell at then Fourth Division club, Peterborough United. During one of those first team appearances for Portsmouth, Kerr was to make English Football League history when on September 19, 1987 while on the field of play as a replacement in a First Division away fixture at Watford, he became the first substitute to be likewise, substituted. The English Football League rule change that increased the number of player substitutions during a game from one to two per side having been introduced at the start of the previous 1986–87 season. Kerr made his final First Division appearance for Portsmouth as a substitute in a 4–1 away defeat to Luton Town on March 29, 1988. Following his release from Portsmouth, Kerr returned to the United States and signed with the Washington Stars of the American Soccer League (and coached at the time by his father, John Kerr.Sr) in March 1988. He remained with the Stars for three seasons, the last in the American Professional Soccer League. While playing for the Stars during the summer, Kerr returned to Europe with English club Wycombe Wanderers, then playing in the GM Vauxhall Conference League, for the 1988–89 season. Making a total of 48 appearances and scoring 22 times in league and cup games for the Buckinghamshire club on its way to finishing in fourth position behind eventual Conference champions of that season, Maidstone United. Following his involvement with the U.S. squad as it prepared for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Kerr had spells during 1990–91 with French Third Division side Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Northern Ireland club Linfield. In 1991, he returned to Canada to play one season with the Hamilton Steelers of the Canadian Soccer League. In October 1991, Kerr signed with the San Diego Sockers of the Major Soccer League. Kerr established himself as a regular on the team which went on to win the 1992 MSL championship. Following the collapse of the MSL during the summer of 1992, Kerr briefly spent time as an assistant coach with the Duke Blue Devils men’s soccer team before returning to England, joining Isthmian League club Chertsey Town in the fall of 1992. He then moved to Football League club Millwall signing as a free agent on February 26, 1993 before temporary returning to the U.S. during the off-season summer break to continue his assistant coaching duties at Duke. Kerr went on to make a total of 40 first team appearances for Millwall in league and cup games during the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, scoring 7 goals in the process. Towards the end of his time with Millwall, he also had a short on loan period with Walsall. In May 1995, Millwall gave Kerr a free transfer to the San Diego Sockers, however, he did not play for the Sockers. On February 8, 1996, the Dallas Burn selected Kerr in the ninth round (eighty-third overall) on the1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. On June 27, 1996, Kerr was part of the first in-season trade in MLS history when the Burn dealt him to the New England Revolution for Zak Ibsen. He was later loaned out to the Connecticut Wolves. In 1998, Kerr was appointed player-coach with the Worcester Wildfire of the USL A-League, the following year the club was renamed the Boston Bulldogs after a change of ownership. In April 1999, Kerr returned on loan to the Revolution when several players on the team were ruled out because of injury. However, Kerr did not play during his loan period.
While at Duke, Kerr began his international career having become a naturalized U.S. citizen. He soon became a regular player on the team and saw considerable playing time until 1988. From then until 1995, he failed to earn any more caps. As a result, missing out on both U.S. FIFA World Cup squads for Italy (1990) and the USA (1994). However, that year he again played for the team. While a brief return, it was significant in that he was on the U.S. team that surprisingly reached the semi-finals, eventually being placed fourth, at the 1995 Copa America. He finished his national team career with 16 appearances and 2 goals.
Kerr began coaching while in England and continued intermittently over the years until he finally retired from playing professionally in 1997. In 1992 and 1993, he returned to Duke University serving briefly as an assistant coach under head coach John Rennie, who had coached Kerr during his college playing days as a Duke Blue Devil. In 1997, he was the junior varsity and assistant varsity coach with Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The following year of 1998, he became player-coach of the Worcester Wildfire in the USL A-League returning again in 1999 as player-coach for the renamed Boston Bulldogs. On July 14, 1999, Harvard announced it had hired Kerr to coach its men’s soccer team. However, Kerr did not move to that position until August 27, 1999 upon the completion of the A-League season. He coached the Harvard Crimson through to the 2007 fall season, finishing with an Ivy League Conference record of 81–57–13. On December 19, 2007 Kerr was named head coach of his alma mater, Duke University of the Atlantic Coast Conference following the retirement of John Rennie. He also coaches Triangle United Gold in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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I have not found any stats regarding John  Kerr Jnr’s career. However I did find this interview wiuth him by Soccer New England . com

90 Minutes With John Kerr
Something John Kerr said at the end of our chat stuck with me, and I think it makes a pretty good introduction to a guy who has lived the soccer life from his earliest childhood right through college stardom and into a journeyman professional career, before ending up as head coach of the men’s program at Harvard.
He said of soccer, “It’s a disease you know. It’s something that I can’t get out of my life. Sometimes it’s frustrating to my wife that my relaxation time is spent watching an MLS game or watching Champion’s League on a Wednesday. Sometimes it gets in the way of other family things, but it’s in my blood and in my heart and it’s something that will never go away.”
This from a guy whose wife Tracy is the head coach of the women’s team at Providence college, whose father was a successful professional and is now head of the MLS Players Association and whose best friends are current and former national team stars.
Kerr, who is usually known as John Kerr Jr. to distinguish himself from his famous father, claims his earliest soccer memories are from infancy. “I was fortunate enough to have a father who was a professional soccer player, so I would have to say it was quite early, probably when I was in the crib. I remember when I was two or three years old, running around the house juggling a balloon in the air five or six times and thinking I was the greatest player in the world.”
He lived in Canada then, where his father was a star in the Canadian League. He says, “In Toronto hockey was the big sport, and we used to watch Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night, but soccer, because of my father’s influence, was always the number one sport in our house. I used to go watch him play all the time and hang around practice sessions. I have some great memories of his days when he played.”
Kerr Sr. had turned pro in Scotland when he was sixteen, playing for small club, Partick Thistle. When Kerr’s grandmother emigrated to Canada one summer, her son followed and quickly established himself on the soccer scene, eventually representing Canada at Senior International level. In 1968 he moved on to play with the Detroit Cougars of the old NASL (or NPSL), and then in Washington for the Darts in the early 70’s. By the time he got to New York in ’72, he was an all-star, and was recruited to play in the Mexican League for Club America, the first Scots player ever to play in Mexico. John Jr. drank in the rich soccer culture of Mexico. “That was a great experience for me, because I was seven at the time, and soccer was a huge deal down in Mexico. I would go play in the park every afternoon when I got back from school. I went to a Mexican/American school, and we would play before school, at lunchtime and again after school, so I think I got a lot of passion for the game from playing in Mexico.”
And it was south of the border that Kerr Jr. first tasted the limelight. “One of my fondest memories is of playing on the Club America Junior Team, and we used to play at half-time of Club America games. I remember one evening we were playing at half-time of a game against Cruz Azul, and there were 120,000 people in the stands. I think I was the smallest guy on the team, and the ball came across and was trickling towards goal, and I ran over and kicked it in. I thought I was the greatest player ever. I ran around like I’d just won the World Cup. That was a great memory for me.”
It turns out he’s got a lot of great memories, many of which stem from his father’s return to the States in ’74 to play with Pele in New York. “I have another great memory of a road trip with the Cosmos to Toronto where my grandmother and aunt and cousins lived. We rode up on the bus from New York with the team, and after one of the games in Toronto, Pele’ was three seats behind me and my father. You could feel this kind of electricity in the air.” “It was one of the first games he played with the Cosmos, and he invited me back to his seat. He said, ‘John come back here.’ And when I sat in the seat next to him he opened up a jewelry box and there was a medal of Pele, with his jersey engraved inside the country of Brazil with his full name, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, on one side and on the other side it had his head and just Pele’ with his signature. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. The world’s greatest soccer player gave me a medal of himself. What a great man.”
After the ’75 season the Kerr’s moved south where Kerr Sr. finished his career with the Washington Diplomats in ’76 and ’77. “And that’s basically where I grew up,” claims Kerr Jr. “I went to ten different elementary schools before I landed in DC and Virginia, but from then on I stayed in Virginia until I went to Duke in 1983.”
In the soccer hot-bed around DC, Kerr Jr. began to really shine and fell in with another future American star. “When I was thirteen or fourteen I played on a club team in Maryland, about half-an-hour from my house, called Montgomery United, a very good club team. We had some really good players, and my father was friends with the coach whose name was Gordon Murray. His son is another famous US Soccer Player, Bruce Murray.” Murray is of course the third leading scorer in US Soccer history, only recently passed by Joe-Max Moore.
“So Bruce and I grew up together and played on the same club team,” he explains. “We won three national championships together, one under 16 in California, one under 19, the MacGuire Cup and also as amateurs we won when we were both in college. He was a junior. I was a senior. He won two at Clemson actually, and I won one at Duke. And we both won the Hermann Trophy Award, so that was a pretty good club team we had, way back in the day. We had some pretty good times together.”
Of the Hermann Trophy Kerr says, “It was a big thrill for me to be considered the best college player in the country at the time, but it didn’t mean anything to anyone outside the country. It was a big deal in college, but I went to England right after college, and nobody could care less about the Hermann Trophy or a national title, or being an American other than they didn’t think Americans could play.”
At the time, Kerr didn’t know what was in store for him in England. It was only some bull-headed determination and a lot of luck that delivered him into one of Europe’s top leagues. “I went over early. I spent my senior spring abroad, which is sort of unheard of, but I knew I wanted to play professional soccer and I knew that I wanted to go to England to try my luck. I knew that I could play amateur soccer in England and maybe get seen while finishing off my degree.”
It seems like a crazy plan in retrospect, but Kerr had planned it all out. “I made sure I could take care of the requirements for my Political Science major, so I could take four electives that senior spring. So I went over to England and I played for team called Harrow Burough, which is probably in the sixth or seventh division.”
“They had been pretty mediocre before I got there, and I scored some goals and was lucky enough to get spotted by Peter Osgood, a big star for Chelsea and a former England international back in the late sixties. At the time he was the youth team coach at Portsmouth, which was being promoted from the second division to the first. He invited me down to play in a reserve team game Portsmouth played against Crystal Palace, and Alan Ball was the manager of Portsmouth at the time.”
Then things came together pretty quickly for the young American. “So I traveled down to Portsmouth by train, and at the last minute got my international clearance from US Soccer to play,” he explains. “I played in the game and we won 1-0. I scored a pretty good goal, receiving the ball just inside the half, dribbling four or five players and smacking the ball past the keeper with my left foot, which was a fairly unusual event.”
And then came the moment that would make Kerr’s career. “Afterwards I went into the dressing room and Alan Ball offered me a contract there on the spot. He said, ‘I want you here at Portsmouth next year.’ It was one of the biggest thrills of my life. I thought I had arrived. When a player of Alan Ball’s standard, the guy won a World Cup medal at the age of 19 for England in 1966, to think that I was good enough to play at that level was a thrill for me. It was almost like a little plan I had, had worked like a charm, that I wanted to go get spotted in England, and it had worked.”
“It was an amazing time, for me to come from playing college at Duke in 1986, and then starting my first professional game in 1987 in the English First Division at the age of 22. And my father flew over for the game. I had quite a good game. We lost 4-2, but I played pretty well and was maybe oblivious to how big a jump it was from college in the States to the First Division in England.”
Suddenly Kerr was playing against seasoned professionals. “I’m playing against pros who are top notch, and internationals and played in World Cups and all of a sudden I’m amongst them and doing pretty well. It didn’t last too long though, because I wasn’t ready for prime time. I played maybe six or seven first team games that year for Portsmouth, and then played a lot of reserve team games, though I was the leading scorer for the reserves. It was a great learning experience.”
“What overwhelmed me was the intensity of the game there. You had to perform everyday in practice. You couldn’t take days off and there were no slouches out there. There were no easy games. There were no easy practices, no easy sessions, no easy segments in a training session that would allow you to relax. The intensity was just immense, and I loved it.”
“The physical aspect of the game was difficult to handle at first because some of the stuff you get away with over there, you’d get called in a heartbeat back here, and that’s a big frustration for me now sometimes, when I see referees calling little tugs here and there, or a slight push or even a shoulder charge.”
He goes on, “When you step up to the next level the referees never call that, therefore because of the refereeing we’re not prepared for the next level when we go abroad because we’re used to a situation in this country, at the youth level, where if you touch someone a foul gets called. For me as a coach now, I see it and think, ‘You’re doing a disservice to these players.”
Over the next five seasons Kerr became a true journeyman. He played in the old American Soccer League for the Washington Stars, then for Wycombe Wanderers back in England. He went to France and played in the third division for Boulogne-Sur-Mer, and also to Northern Ireland with Linfield Football Club. In 1991 he was in Canada with Hamilton Steelers.
The next year he was in San Diego winning a Major Soccer League Championship with the Sockers. “Right after that season the league folded. This was the MISL, actually the MSL in the final year. So the league folded and I was in a dilemma as to what I wanted to do. Did I want to go back to Europe? At the time I wasn’t too keen. Luckily I got a call from John Renny, my former coach at Duke, and he was looking for an assistant.”
“I told him I wasn’t necessarily ready to stop playing, but he said this, ‘Why don’t you come and spend eight weeks with us, pre-season and maybe the first few games, and if you want to go on from there then you can. It’ll give you an opportunity to see if you want to get into coaching.’”
And that’s when the coaching bug bit Kerr hard. “I was probably three or four weeks into the job when I knew that this was what I wanted to do,” he explains. “This was the environment I wanted to be in. This is the level of soccer. I knew that I could be successful preparing these guys as players, but also as people, and have some influence on their lives.”
“That was very appealing to me, and I knew after that experience at Duke, we went to the Final Four that year and lost to Virginia. It was a wonderful program at Duke. They produced players like Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerwey. I still keep in touch with those guys and a few others. I knew eventually when I stopped playing I wanted not only to get into coaching but to get into collegiate coaching.”
Still, his playing career wasn’t finished yet. He went back to England and played at Millwall with current US National Team keeper Kasey Keller. “From Millwall I came back to this country and played in MLS with Dallas Burn, and then half way through the season I got traded to New England Revolution, and that had an enormous impact on my life because my wife and I moved here and fell in love with this area right away.”
“We knew that if the opportunity arose we’d like to stay here, and Tracy, my wife, got involved with Harvard right away while I was playing for the Revolution and she was the assistant coach here for two years. That led to other opportunities. She got the head coaching job at Providence College two years later.”
“Then when my career ended with the Revolution in 1997, I was recommended to play and coach for the Worcester Wildfire, which was the A-League. That was an ideal transition for me, moving down from Major League Soccer to minor league level and getting my feet wet as a coach. At the time the team was struggling and there wasn’t a lot of money. I had to do a lot of things. I had to negotiate all the contracts. I had to recruit all the players. I had to take the training. I had to order the equipment, all the things. I had to organize the trips. It was a great learning experience for me, which was probably beneficial to me now because as a collegiate coach you have to do similar things, schedules, uniforms, recruiting and travel. It’s almost the same job.”
So when the Harvard job came open in 1999 I was in my second season as an A-League coach. They had changed the name by then from the Worcester Wildfire to the Boston Bulldogs. I really enjoyed what I was doing with the Bulldogs. I loved playing, and I loved coaching. Maybe the next step was to try to get to MLS as an assistant coach and be a head coach one day, but that wasn?t really a goal of mine. I knew I wanted to end up as a collegiate coach, so when the opportunity came to go to interview for the Harvard job, I didn?t hesitate one bit. It was the best move I could have ever made. I love it here, the environment and the facilities and being able to stay in Boston. It was a dream come true
There?s no athletic scholarships here. There?s only financial aid based on need. The admissions process is pretty diligent and pretty competitive, and I?m fortunate that a lot of soccer players out there are intelligent and motivated in the classroom as well as on the field. In some ways recruiting is pretty easy. Right away you know that you?re not dealing with money, and secondly I get a list of players and can look at there SAT scores and GPAs and know I can slash that list in half right away, so there?s only a small segment I can recruit knowing the standards that they have here

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John Kerr, Jr. Career Timeline

1984 Begins playing for United States National Team at age 19.
1986 As team captain, leads Duke to NCAA championship. Receives numerous National Player of the Year awards, including Hermann Trophy.
1987 Graduates from Duke with a BA in political science; plays for Portsmouth in English Premier League.
1988 Plays for Washington Stars of ASL and Wycombe Wanderers of English Vauxhaul Conference; begins coaching in London youth league.
1990 Plays for Boulogne-Sur-Mer in French Third Division and for Linfield in Northern Ireland First Division.
1991 Plays for Hamilton Steelers Club in Canadian Soccer League.
1992 Wins Major Soccer League title with San Diego Sockers; serves as assistant coach at Duke; then begins play with Millwall Football Club in English First Division.
1996 Plays for Dallas Burn and New England Revolution of MLS.
1997 Serves as head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Wellesley High School in Wellseley, MA.
1998 Serves as player/coach for Boston Bulldogs of professional A-League.
1999 Named head coach at Harvard University.

As a coach, I’m improving. Our team, the first year we ended up 6-9-2, and last year we were 7-9-1, so we improved by a win. The first year I didn’t have any of my recruits. I came too late. I got the job in June, and we started the season in August. To be honest we had some good games. We went out to the Stanford Tournament and lost to Stanford, who I believe went to the final that year, 1999, and we lost 1-0 in the 87th minute on a scramble in front of our goal. We had missed a penalty in the first half, and so I felt in some of the games I got the maximum out of the players. It was a great experience.
Then I got to work on recruiting. I knew that was a big part of the job, getting the recruits, getting them to come to your school, and having the type of player that you like come to your program. So I brought in thirteen guys my first recruiting class, and it was great. I needed quality and quantity and I got both. We improved our depth tremendously. This year the freshman class is excellent. We brought in seven guys, and I think currently three of them are starting. Jamie Roth is starting in goal. Jason Anderson is starting at right fullback, and Jeremy Transer is having a great year up at right forward. So that aspect of our program is very pleasing. I think we’re going to do really well over the next few years.
I think I made a big boo-boo my first year here, recruiting players who were never going to get in academically. I wasted a lot of time doing that. I remember having a special meeting with the admissions people. They called me in to say, ‘Look. Guys with 1040 SATs aren’t going to cut it here.’ And here’s me trying to get national team players with 1040s and minimal grades to come here, and it just wasn’t going to work. So I learned that lesson quickly, and I think I’ve improved in that respect a lot. Coaching-wise I learned a tremendous lesson last year. We got off to a wonderful start. We were 7-3-1 at one point, and beat BC and were doing pretty well. Then we hit the wall as a team. We lost the last six games of the season, and five of those were all Ivy League games so we ended up being at the bottom of the barrel. Then I learned what it’s like to be a student/athlete here at Harvard. I found out after the fact that several of the students, in particular the freshmen, and I had five of them starting last year, were staying up all night cramming for mid-term exams. And I had no idea until later on in the season, that that was the case. So we’ve gone to great lengths already this season to make sure that doesn’t happen again, by making sure we stay on top of them academically. We’re approaching that time of the season again now, so it’ll be a real test of my coaching ability to make sure the team is prepared, understanding what they’re going through as students and not just as athletes. Tactically we’re more prepared as well. We took some lumps last year, but I think through experiencing some disappointments we’re more ready to take on some of the challenges of this season. Hopefully we’re in a good position now that we won’t falter mid-season. We’ll keep chugging away, and keep grinding out results through the Ivy League this year.
I go to MLS games, and I’m very much into keeping abreast of what’s going on. Like I told you earlier though, my real ambition is to be a college coach, and I’m exactly where I want to be right now. It’s intriguing to think of coaching the pros, but at this stage of the league I don’t think I’d be comfortable going there. Both financially and structurally I don’t think the league is in a good position where you can really do well with the players. You can’t negotiate with teams, and you can’t get the players you want because of the way the league is structured. So at the present time I have no interest in being a pro coach.
My father is now the head of the MLS Players Association, and I played in the league for two years, so I know how it works. I know what you can do and what you can’t do. The league is great. It’s improving every year with the talent and the standard of play, but there’s still that element of control there that causes the league not to be taken seriously by the rest of the world. I’m not going to criticize the owners, but when you have guys who own multiple teams people abroad look at it and wonder, ‘How can you have an owner that owns three teams in one league, and it’s only a twelve team league?’ It’s kind of a dilemma they have to go through, but saying that you have some guys who, if it wasn’t for Kraft and Anshutz and Mr. Hunt, they wouldn’t have a league, so I really can’t criticize too much.
I would have like to have played a lot longer in my own country, although the experiences I gained playing abroad in England and in France and playing indoor to an extent, made me the person I am. And I didn’t make a lot of money as a player. I played the game out of love, and just having the opportunity to play this game as a professional was something that I always dreamed about. I wish MLS had been around. When I came out of college, the only opportunity was indoor. The NASL folded in 1984. I had a little bit of an opportunity in 1983 when I graduated from high school. I was drafted by the Cosmos in the first round, and at the time you were allowed to go train for 48 hours with a pro team and not lose your eligibility. So the flew me up to New York and I was lucky enough to train with Chinaglia and Cabanas and some of those big stars. Johann Neeskens kicked the crap out of me. I remember I was in training, and I nutmegged Eckhardt Kapp. I was pretty proud of myself, and then next thing I know Neeskens comes in with a sliding tackle and says, ‘You do that again and I’ll break your leg.’ So I figured, ‘Ok. I won’t be doing that again.’ I can’t duplicate those kinds of experiences, and maybe I wouldn’t have gotten them if there had been an MLS. On the other hand it would have been great to be able to play in my own country. It’s about time soccer was taken seriously here.
I like going to watch my wife’s team play, and sometime when we get home and have a spare moment, though we just had twins recently and there aren’t too many spare moments, we watch each others videos and make comments on what we should be doing tactically. It’s pretty interesting. It’s fun.

John Kerr, Jr.
Personal information
Full name John Kerr, Jr.
Date of birth March 6, 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Toronto, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1983–84 Montgomery United
1984–86 Duke Blue Devils
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 Harrow Borough ? (?)
1987–1988 Portsmouth 4 (0)
1987–1988  Peterborough United (loan) 10 (1)
1988–1990 Washington Stars ? (12)
1988–1989 Wycombe Wanderers 29 (13)
1990 Boulogne ? (?)
1990 Linfield ? (?)
1991 Hamilton Steelers ? (9)
1991–1992 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 39 (12)
1992–1993 Chertsey Town ? (?)
1993–1995 Millwall 43 (8)
1995–1996  Walsall (loan) 1 (0)
1996 Dallas Burn 12 (3)
1996–1997 New England Revolution 26 (4)
1997 Connecticut Wolves (loan) 1 (0)
1997–1998 Linfield ? (1)
1998–1999 Boston Bulldogs 40 (5)
1999  New England Revolution (loan) 0 (0)
National team
1984–1995 United States 16 (2)
Teams managed
1992 Duke Blue Devils (assistant)
1993 Duke Blue Devils (assistant)
1998–1999 Boston Bulldogs
1999–2007 Harvard Crimson
2008– Duke Blue Devils

Walsall player 157. Jean-Philippe Javary


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Jean-Philippe Javary (born 10 January 1978) is a retired French professional footballer. He played in his homeland, where he started at hometown team Montpellier, as well as numerous clubs in England and Scotland. He was a midfielder.Born in Montpellier, France, Javary started his career with his hometown club Montpellier HSC as a junior, where he played nine Ligue 1 games during the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons He was offered a five-year contract at Spanish La Ligaside FC Barcelona, although the offer was later withdrawn, and instead joined another Spanish Barcelona-based clubRCD Espanyol in June 1998. He returned to France for a period on loan with Ligue 2 club ASOA Valence in the 1999–2000 season, where he played four games.
In January 2000, he joined Scottish Division One side Raith Rovers. He played 11 games with Raith during the latter half of the 2000–01 season. After one more game at the start of the following season, he was signed in August by English Division Two side Brentford for £150,000 by manager–chairman Ron Noades. He played only six games with Brentford, and another four with Plymouth Argyle in English Division Three at the end of the same season.
Javary moved back to Scotland and played a game on trial with Division One side Partick Thistle in October 2001, before he returned to Raith Rovers the following month. He played another seven games with Raith, before he moved back to England, with Sheffield United in Division One on non-contract terms in March 2002, and was given a two-year contract by manager Neil Warnock the following month. He was given a one-month loan spell at Walsall in January 2003, but was suffering from tonsilitis and never played a game. In July 2003, Javary was one of four senior players to be told he could leave the club by Neil Warnock, before he was released from his contract in September 2003; Javary decided to return to France. He played 14 games with Sheffield United, all but one in the league, and scored one goal against Watford.
After a spell with AS Excelsior in the French Réunion Islands, he returned to Scotland in January 2005 with Hamilton Academical again in Division One. He was released by Hamilton during the 2005 summer, after he had played 13 league matches, during which time he scored one goal against Falkirk. After his release he moved back to Réunion, again with Excelsior, and later moved on to FC Avirons.
In 2008, Javary moved to Australia to find an A-League team to continue his career.
Javary has also played for the French national sides from under 16 to under 19 level. He captained his country’s European Youth Championship side in 1995.

Senior career
Years                            Team                         Apps          Gls
1995–1998                   Montpellier                9
1998–2000                  Espanyol                      ?

1999–2000   Loan      Valence                        4
2000                               Raith Rovers             12
2000–2001                   Brentford                    6
2001                               Plymouth Argyle        4
2001                               Partick Thistle            1
2001–2002                   Raith Rovers               7
2002–2003                  Sheffield United         13               1
2003           Loan          Walsall                           0

AS  Excelsior                 ?

2005                              Hamilton Aca              13         1

AS Excelsior                     ?

Avirons  FC                        ?

Walsall player 156. Doug Ithier


Doug Ithier (born 20 July 1974) is an Australian footballer who played for Perth Glory, Walsall, and throughout Asiaincluding Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and China.
Ithier represented the senior Western Australia team from 1996 to 2003 including playing against Red Star Belgrade28/1/2001.
Ithier was a cult figure amongst Perth Glory supporters for his flamboyant, aggressive play and changing hairstyles. In 1998 he had a 3 week trial with English Premier Division Champions Blackburn Rovers F.C. This side managed by Roy Hodgsonincluded such players as Chris Sutton, Damien Duff, Colin Hendry and Martin Dahlin. But Ithier was refused the relevant work permit to sign in the UK. Without the European heritage to play in Europe Ithier returned and focussed on plying his trade in Asia.
Ithier started his Asian career with 1997 Malaysian Super League champions Sarawak FA under the guidance of Alan Vest. His debut game at a sold out Sarawak Stadium was in 1998 Malaysia Charity Shield against Selangor FA in which Sarawak FA won 3-1 with 9 players. Playing in the sweeper role Ithier flourished and quickly became a crowd favorite. Alan Vest once described Ithier as the “Best Header” of the ball in all Malaysia. Ithier’s form in Malaysia earned him the trial with Blackburn Rovers F.C..
After returning from the UK, Ithier signed with S-League team Marine Castle United for the 1999 season. Ithier will be remembered in Singapore for his Blonde hair and colourful designed Adidas boots. He was selected as one of the best Foreign players and played in the S-League All Stars game. He was again a crowd favorite and constantly surrounded by fans after the game even when the team performed badly, giving autograph’s. Ithier was involved in a life-threatening incident whilst playing against Tanjong Pagar United Football Club. He rose to header a ball from a corner and collided with a player being knocked unconscious. The home side Tanjong Pagar FC did not have an ambulance present, and Ithier was saved by the Marine Castles physio. Tanjong Pagar United Football Club embroiled in controversy was fined by the S-League and the decision resulted in the safety procedures at all clubs to be re-written. Ithier played the following week against doctors advice and was named Man-of-The Match!
Dubbed the “Adopted Greek” during his 9 years on and off with Floreat Athena Ithier was renowned for spectacular long range goals (including one from the halfway line in the 2001 Night Series Final), specialty freekicks, and bone crunching tackles. He won Floreat Athena Fairest and Best player in 1996, and figured heavily in Athena’s team of 1997’s, regarded as one of Athena’s best years, winning the Premier League, Cup and Night Series trophies under coach and former Greek legend Jim Pyrgolis.
Doug now has retired from playing and is the CEO and Licensee of First Property Australia pty ltd in Perth, Western Australia. He is an avid golfer playing off a handicap of 3, and cycles every day to keep fit.

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Doug Ithier
Senior career
Years                                 Team                           Apps          Goals
1992-2003                     Floreat Athena              100+           25
1996-1998                     Perth Glory                      15                 0
1998                                 Sarawak FA                     22                 3
1998       Trial                Blackburn Rovers F.C.
1998-1999                     Walsall F.C                       3                    1
1999                                 Marine Castle United   26                 1
2003                                 Chengdu Wuniu             18                 0
2003-2005                     Western Knights            20                2