Tim Harris (soccer)

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Tim Harris
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-12-21) December 21, 1961 (age 62)
Place of birth Torrance, California, United States
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1980–1983 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1984–1987 Los Angeles Lazers (indoor) 63 (0)
1987–1988 Minnesota Strikers (indoor) 14 (0)
1989 California Kickers 16 (0)
Total93(0)
International career
1985 United States 1 (0)
Managerial career
1989 UCLA (assistant)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tim Harris is a retired American soccer goalkeeper who spent four seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one in the Western Soccer League. He also earned one cap with the U.S. national team. He is the Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team.

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Player

College

Harris played four seasons of college soccer with UCLA from 1980 to 1983. He was a second team All-American in 1983 and finished his career third on the school's career victories list with forty-eight. [1]

Professional

Drafted but not signed in 1984 by the San Diego Sockers, Harris signed with the Los Angeles Lazers of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He played with the Lazers for three seasons before moving to the Minnesota Strikers. Significantly for his future career, Jerry Buss, owner of the Lazers also owned the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Harris spent one season in Minnesota. In 1989, he played one season with the California Kickers of the Western Soccer League. [2]

National team

Harris earned one cap with the U.S. national team. He replaced Arnie Mausser at halftime in a 5-0 loss to England on June 16, 1985. [3] Harris played another eleven games with the U.S. B team. [4] He represented the U.S. at the 1983 Pan American Games, playing in a 3-0 loss to Guatemala and a scoreless draw with Cuba. [5]

Coach

Harris spent at least the 1989 season as an assistant coach with UCLA. Brad Friedel stated in an interview that Harris was his all-time football hero, stating that he was the one who "started my journey". [6]

Post-soccer career

Following his retirement from playing professionally, Harris began working in commercial real estate. In this capacity, he joined the management team for the Great Western Forum which served as the home court for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. By 1993, he had risen to the position of Forum Sports Vice President. He eventually jumped to the Lakers organization, becoming the President of Business Operations, Chief Marketing Officer for the Lakers. He has three sons [7]

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References

  1. UCLA Bruins Soccer Awards
  2. 1989 California Kickers
  3. USA - Details of International Matches 1980-1989
  4. UCLA Bruins on the National Team
  5. "Panamerican Games 1983 - Match Details". RSSSF . Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  6. Brad Friedel answers our questions Archived 2009-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
  7. UCLA Bruins:Where are they now?