Tony Crudo

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Tony Crudo
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Crudo
Date of birth (1959-03-25) March 25, 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth Seattle, Washington, United States
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1976 Shorecrest High School
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1977–1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies 19 (0)
1978–1979 Tampa Bay Rowdies (indoor) 12 (2)
1979–1981 California Surf 45 (1)
1979–1981 California Surf (indoor) 24 (0)
1981–1982 Seattle Sounders (indoor) 17 (3)
1982 Seattle Sounders 3 (0)
National team
1979–1982 United States 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony "Tony" John Crudo (born March 25, 1959 in Seattle, Washington) is a former U.S. soccer defender who spent five seasons in the North American Soccer League. He also earned seven caps with the U.S. national team between 1979 and 1982.

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Youth

In 1968 played for Federal Way Boys Club. In 1969 moved to Shoreline and played for Lake City Blue Barons (coached by his dad Ray Crudo). Crudo attended Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington, where he was a member of the school's 1976 state championship soccer team. [1]

NASL

Crudo signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the fall of 1977. He saw no regular season outdoor games that year, but did play in an exhibition game against China on October 13, 1977. In 1979, he played the first seven games of the season in Tampa Bay [2] before being traded to the California Surf in July. During the 1980–81 NASL indoor season, Crudo played 13 games. He continued with the Surf until the end of 1981 when the Surf folded. In October 1981, the Seattle Sounders purchased his contract. He played only three games during the 1982 season. He left the NASL at the end of the season.

National team

Crudo played seven times with the U.S. national team between 1979 and 1982. His first caps came in a 6-0 loss to France on May 2, 1979. [3] He played on World Cup qualifier, a loss to Canada on November 1, 1980. His last game with the national team came on March 21, 1982, a victory over Trinidad and Tobago. [4]

Coaching

Crudo continues to live in Washington where he is a special education teacher, the boys and girls soccer coach at Fife High School, and the Girls Sparta 99 coach. [5]

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References

  1. T.J. Cotterill, "Prep roundup: Fife soccer clinches 2A state berth with 3-1 win over Foster", The News Tribune , May 16, 2015.
  2. Beard, Randy (1979-06-13). "Crudo tunes up for the road". The Evening Independent .
  3. USA - Details of International Matches 1970-1979
  4. USA - Details of International Matches 1980-1989
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