Thompson Usiyan

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Thompson Usiyan
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-04-27) 27 April 1956 (age 62)
Place of birth Effurun, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1977–1980 Appalachian State Mountaineers 49 (109)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1981–1982 Montreal Manic 58 (21)
1981–1982 Montreal Manic (indoor) 16 (13)
1983–1984 Tulsa Roughnecks 11 (1)
1983–1984 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 13 (3)
1984 Oklahoma City Stampede
1984–1987 Minnesota Strikers (indoor) 87 (66)
1985 Tulsa Tornados
1987–1988 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 66 (63)
1989 Maryland Bays
1989–1991 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 97 (92)
1991 Hamilton Steelers
1991–1992 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 62 (58)
1992–1993 St. Louis Ambush (indoor) 11 (2)
1993 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 22 (29)
1995 San Jose Grizzlies (indoor) 11 (18)
National team
1976–1981 Nigeria ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thompson Usiyan (born 27 April 1956) is a retired Nigerian football (soccer) player. He holds the NCAA Division I career scoring record and played in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League, American Soccer League and Continental Indoor Soccer League. He was a member of the Nigerian Olympic soccer which boycotted the 1976 Olympics. He made several appearances for the Nigerian national football team.

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North American Soccer League (1968–84) defunct association football league (1968–1984)

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Youth

In 1976, Usiyan was selected as a member of the Nigerian 1976 Olympic team. Although the team travelled to the Olympics, which was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, it did not compete as a result of a boycott of the games by African and Arab nations. Usiyan chose to remain in North America and received scholarship offers to attend Clemson University, Howard University and Appalachian State University. [1] He chose Appalachian where he set an NCAA record of 109 career goals. Usiyan also set records for most career points (255), goals in a season (46 in 1980), and points in a season (108 in 1980). [2] He was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1977, '78, and '80.

1976 Summer Olympics Games of the XXI Olympiad, held in Montréal in 1976

The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially called the Games of the XXI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event in Montreal, Quebec, in 1976, and the first Olympic Games held in Canada.

Clemson University university in South Carolina, United States

Clemson University is an American public, coeducational, land-grant research university in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. Founded in 1889, Clemson is the second-largest university in student population in South Carolina. For the fall 2017 semester, the university enrolled a total of 19,402 undergraduate students and 4,985 graduate students, and the student/faculty ratio was 18:1. Clemson's 1,400 acre campus is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sits next to Lake Hartwell. The university manages the nearby 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest that is used for research, education, and recreation.

Howard University university in Washington D.C.

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Professional

In 1981, he signed with the Montreal Manic of the North American Soccer League. The Manic traded Usiyan to the Tulsa Roughnecks following the 1982 season. Leg injuries limited him to eleven games for the Roughnecks in 1983. The team released him on 11 March 1984. [3] On 12 April 1984, he signed with the Oklahoma City Stampede of the United Soccer League. [4] He led the league in scoring and finished third in the points standings. [5] In the fall of 1984, he signed with the Minnesota Strikers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1985, he briefly returned to the outdoor game when he signed with the Tulsa Tornados of the USL, but the league collapsed after only six games. [6] Usiyan had arthroscopic surgery later in the summer, but returned to the Strikers in the fall of 1985 and spent the next two seasons in Minnesota. On 26 March 1987, the Strikers traded Usiyan to the Los Angeles Lazers in exchange for Greg Ion after Usiyan had a locker room fight with Strikers goalkeeper Tino Lettieri. [7] Usiyan remained with the Lazers through the 1987–1988 season. He did not play again until signed by the Maryland Bays of the American Soccer League in June 1989. [8] During his time away from soccer, he finished his business degree at Appalachian State. On 9 August 1989, he returned to MISL when he signed with the St. Louis Storm. [9] During his two seasons in St. Louis, Usiyan began working as a tax consultant. After finishing his degree, he had spent some time as an accountant and after his retirement, he became a full-time tax consultant. [10] During the summer of 1991, Usiyan played for the Hamilton Steelers in the Canadian Soccer League. On 9 September 1991, the Storm traded Usiyan to the San Diego Sockers in exchange for Branko Segota and the Sockers 1992 first round draft choice. [11] Usiyan won the 1992 MISL championship with the Sockers. On 20 November 1992, Usiyan signed with the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League. [12] [13] On 1 June 1993, the Arizona Sandsharks drafted Usiyan in the first round of the 1993 Continental Indoor Soccer League supplemental draft. [14] Two days later, the San Diego Sockers traded Wes Wade to the Sandsharks in exchange for Usiyan, Alex Golovnia and Nassim Olabi. [15] On 10 September 1993, the league suspended Usiyan indefinitely for accumulated red cards. On 21 June 1995, the San Jose Grizzlies of the CISL drafted Usiyan after he was cleared by the league to play. [16] He retired permanently at the end of the season.

Montreal Manic association football club

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Tulsa Roughnecks (1978–84) US soccer team, 1978–84

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United Soccer League (1984–85) American soccer league (1984–1985)

The United Soccer League was a professional soccer league in the United States in the mid-1980s.

Usiyan was the MISL's sixteenth leading scorer in 1984–85 as a member of the Minnesota Strikers, with 62 points in 47 games. He was fifteenth best a season later with 60 points in 40 contests. Usiyan finished eighth in scoring in the 1987–88 season as a member of the Los Angeles Lazers with 88 points in 51 games. He was sixth best in 1990–91 with 102 points in 51 games played for the St. Louis Storm. Usiyan was amongst the leaders one final time (in the league's last season) finishing fifteenth with 57 points in 40 games playing with the San Diego Sockers. He was named Championship Series Most Valuable Player as the Sockers won the championship.

Minnesota Strikers

The Minnesota Strikers were an American professional soccer team located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. The team played one season (1984) in the North American Soccer League and 4 seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Los Angeles Lazers association football club

The Los Angeles Lazers were an indoor soccer team that played in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) from 1982 to 1989.

The St. Louis Storm was a soccer team based out of St. Louis that played in the Major Indoor Soccer League. They played from 1989 to 1992. Their home arena was St. Louis Arena.

International

Usiyan made several appearances for Nigeria, including a 0–2 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying loss to Algeria on 10 October 1981 in Lagos. He scored on his debut, a friendly match against Kenya in 1976. [17] Usiyan also played for Nigeria at the 1976 African Cup of Nations finals in Ethiopia. [18] He won a silver medal with the Nigerian squad at the 1978 All-Africa Games in Algiers.

1982 FIFA World Cup 1982 edition of the FIFA World Cup

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Algeria national football team mens national association football team representing Algeria

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Usiyan makes his home in San Diego where he is a tax consultant.[ citation needed ]

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