Juergen Sommer

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Juergen Sommer
Personal information
Full name Juergen Peterson Sommer
Date of birth (1969-02-27) February 27, 1969 (age 53)
Place of birth New York, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1987–1990 Indiana University
Senior career*
1991–1995 Luton Town 82 (0)
1991–1992Brighton (loan) 1 (0)
1991–1992Kettering Town (loan) 10 (0)
1992–1993Torquay United (loan) 10 (0)
1995–1998 Queens Park Rangers 66 (0)
1998–1999 Columbus Crew 21 (0)
2000 Connecticut Wolves 1 (0)
2000–2002 New England Revolution 33 (0)
2001Bolton Wanderers (loan) 0 (0)
National team
1994–1998 United States 10 (0)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Indy Eleven
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Runner-up CONCACAF Gold Cup 1998
Men's Soccer
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Juergen Peterson Sommer (born February 27, 1969) is an American former professional soccer player and coach. He became the first American goalkeeper to play in the FA Premier League, when he signed to play for Queens Park Rangers in 1995. He has served as the United States national team goalkeeping coach. Later on, Sommer coached Indy Eleven in the NASL. [1]


Youth and college

Sommer played soccer at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana where he was an All-American. After graduation, Sommer walked on at Indiana University, where he quickly became the starting goalkeeper in 1987. He was named Collegiate Goalkeeper of the Year in 1990.

Club career

Sommer left Indiana to sign with Luton Town of the First Division in 1991. Sommer played for the next seven years in England for Queens Park Rangers, Luton Town and Torquay. In 1998, he made the jump back home to sign with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, as a replacement for Brad Friedel, who had signed for Liverpool the previous year. Sommer became the Crew starter over the next two seasons, and after a pair of major knee injuries, he signed with the New England Revolution. In 2000, he played one game with the Connecticut Wolves in the USISL A-League. [2] After another injury forced Sommer to the sidelines, and the emergence of Adin Brown as the Revolution's starting goalkeeper, he retired after the 2002 MLS Cup. He represented English side Bolton Wanderers for just one FA Cup game against Blackburn Rovers in February 2001. Sommer answered an S.O.S. by Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce who saw his other goalkeepers either injured or ineligible but was himself injured during the match.

International career

Throughout his career, Sommer earned ten caps for the United States national team, and was a member of the team which competed at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups. Although many believe him to be a solid goalkeeper in his prime, the play of Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tony Meola greatly reduced his chances of seeing an extended run in the national team.

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  1. "Juergen Sommer to Lead Indy Eleven as Head Coach". indyeleven.com. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  2. 2000 Connecticut Wolves