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Jeff Clarke
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Clarke
Date of birth October 18, 1977 (1977-10-18) (age 32)
Place of birth    New Westminster, B.C., Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career

Metro Ford
Simon Fraser Clan
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Vancouver 86ers
St. Patrick's Athletic F.C.
Longford Town
Hampton Roads Mariners
Edmonton Drillers (indoor)
Baltimore Blast (indoor)
Portland Timbers
Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver Wh. Residency (loan)
015 0(1)
006 0(1)

007 0(0)
007 0(3)
009 0(0)
021 0(3)
155 (12)
001 0(0)   
National team2
1997–2002 Canada 019 0(1)
Teams managed
Simon Fraser University (assistant)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of September 27, 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 21 November 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Jeffrey Clarke (born October 18, 1977) is a Canadian former professional soccer midfielder. Clarke earned nineteen caps, scoring one goal, for the Canadian national team. He most recently played for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the First Division of the United Soccer Leagues.


Club career


Youth and college

Clarke grew up in Coquitlam, British Columbia where he played youth soccer with Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC. During his time with the team, Metro Ford won three provincial and two Canadian championships. Clarke attended Centennial School, and after graduating in 1996, attended Simon Fraser University where he played on the men's soccer team for one year.[1] While he left college prior to completing his degree, he has since begun taking courses again in order to gain a degree in Criminology.


In 1997, Clarke signed with the Vancouver 86ers, becoming the team's starting sweeper. After one season in Vancouver, Clarke decided to move to Europe. After the 1997 season, he moved to Belgium, where he had a trial with Royal Antwerp. However, the first of several work permit problems prevented him from signing with Antwerp. In 1998, he joined League of Ireland club St. Patrick's Athletic F.C.. He scored his only goal against Bray Wanderers in May 1999 to clinch the league title for St. Pats.

After the 1999 season, Clarke moved again, this time to the Hampton Roads Mariners. At the time, he was attempting to join clubs in several European leagues, including England, Denmark, and Austria, but, once again, he had difficulty gaining a work permit. In July 2000, he signed with Longford Town. However, he left the team and returned to Canada in August[2] when Canadian national team coach Holger Osieck threatened to not call him into the national team.[3] Clarke then decided to sign with the Edmonton Drillers of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL).[4] However, the Drillers folded in December 2000, half way through the NPSL season. The Baltimore Blast then selected Clarke in a dispersal draft.[5] When the Blast were eliminated from the playoffs, he joined the Portland Timbers on February 14, 2001. In 2002, he returned to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

As team captain, he helped the Whitecaps capture their first USL First Division Championship, beating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3 to 0 in the championship. After the game, he was named the Championship's MVP. On 12 October 2008 he helped the Whitecaps capture their second USL First Division Championship, beating the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-1 in Vancouver[6] but he was released from the team on 8 December 2008.[7].

International career

Clarke played at the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Japan, in a team alongside Paul Stalteri and Jason Bent. He then also played at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, again with Stalteri and Bent.[8]

He made his senior debut for Canada in an August 1997 friendly match against China. He earned a total of 19 caps, scoring 1 goal. He has represented Canada in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. In 2000 he was part of Canada's squad that won their first 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[9]. In 2000, he was the captain of the Canadian Olympic side as it attempted, but failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

His final international was a May 2002 friendly match against Switzerland.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 May, 2000 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada  Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 1-0 Friendly match

Coaching career

Clarke serves as an assistant coach with Simon Fraser University. He is currently serving as the coach of the U16 Metro Girls team of the Surrey Guildford United. Jeff announced his resignation from his position with the Guildford Athletic Club effective at the end of the summer academy series.[10]




Vancouver Whitecaps

St. Patrick's Athletic



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