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Joe Cannon
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Personal information
Full name Joseph Cannon
Date of birth January 1, 1975 (1975-01-01) (age 35)
Place of birth Sun Valley, Idaho, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club San Jose Earthquakes
Number 1
Youth career
1993 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
1995–1997 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 San Diego Flash 28 (0)
1999–2002 San Jose Earthquakes 101 (0)
2003 RC Lens 0 (0)
2003–2006 Colorado Rapids 86 (0)
2007 Los Angeles Galaxy 29 (0)
2008– San Jose Earthquakes 58 (0)
National team
2003–2005 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 March, 2009

Joe Cannon (born January 1, 1975 in Sun Valley, Idaho) is an American soccer player who currently plays for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer.





After playing college soccer at Santa Clara University, Cannon was not drafted by an MLS team, and instead signed with the now-defunct San Diego Flash of the A-League in 1998. After a season with the Flash, he was signed by MLS's San Jose Earthquakes as the backup goalkeeper. After a shoulder injury sidelined starting goalkeeper David Kramer eight games into the 1999 season, Cannon manned the Quakes nets as the starter until 2002, leading the team to the MLS Cup championship in 2001 and winning his first MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2002.

Cannon left the Quakes in 2003, signing a six-month contract with RC Lens of France's Ligue 1. He wasn't able to break into the Lens first team, and left France after the season. The Earthquakes traded his rights to the Colorado Rapids for three draft picks. Cannon could not get into the squad in Colorado, as incumbent keeper Scott Garlick was playing well, but Rapids coach Tim Hankinson controversially made the switch for the playoffs. Although Colorado did not advance, Garlick was traded to the Dallas Burn, and Cannon kept his starting position.

In 2004, Cannon was one of the better goalkeepers in MLS, often keeping Rapids in games thanks to his play, and winning his second Goalkeeper of the Year award, being named to his first MLS Best XI and becoming a finalist for the MVP. On December 1, 2006, Cannon was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Herculez Gomez and Ugo Ihemelu. He made his Galaxy debut April 8, 2007 in a 0-0 tie with the Houston Dynamo.

Cannon later returned to the Earthquakes via a trade with the Galaxy for allocation money on January 10, 2008. He had a great year, though San Jose could not make the playoffs. During the season, he stopped 4 out of 6 penalty kicks he faced. [1]


Cannon's father is Canadian, which made him eligible to have played for the Canadian National Team, should he have chosen to do so. Joe turned down the chance, instead choosing to represent the United States National Team.

Cannon has earned two caps with the US national team (as of early 2005), his first coming against New Zealand on June 8, 2003.



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Preceded by
Tim Howard
MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
Succeeded by
Pat Onstad
Preceded by
Pat Onstad
MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
Succeeded by
Pat Onstad


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