3/31/2010: American Soccer Legend Thomas Dooley To Compete Against DDL F.C. For Global United

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Ryan Kozlowski

Thomas Dooley played for many top clubs in Germany such as Kaiserslautern, Bayern Leverkusen, and Schalke 04. Dooley also played for the U.S. National Team 81 times throughout the 1990's as well as for the Columbus Crew 73 times between 1997 & 2000. Now Dooley will face off against the Dayton Dutch Lions on April 30th for the Global United game.

Dooley, at 48 years of age, is by all means the oldest player on the Global United roster compared to his teammates, who for the most part have just recently retired. But, Dooley is still a competitor, one of the better players in American soccer history, and a defender who may try to go forward and put together a goal scoring opportunity or two, such as these:

Thomas Dooley played every minute in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups for the United States. In 1994 he was a part of the feel good USA side who made it to the knockout rounds and gracefully bowed out 1-0 to Brazil. In 1998 Dooley captained the side which, despite higher expectations than the 1994 group, lost all three of their group games, most embarrassingly losing to Iran 2-1. Starting the odd chain since 1994 where the USA has one good World Cup (94), followed by a bad one (98), followed by a good one (2002), followed by a bad one (2006), which means were due as a nation for a good showing this Summer in 2010.

Overall, Dooley has played in 474 professional games scoring a surprising 54 goals for a defender. Dooley also has played 81 international games scoring 7 goals for the USA. Dooley retired in 2001 after his final season in the MLS with the Metrostars.

Dooley during 94' and 98' National Anthems:


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