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Mike Gosselin
Personal information
Full name Michael Gosselin
Date of birth
Place of birth    United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1987-1990 University of South Carolina
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1991-1992, 1993
1993
1994-1995
1994-1996
1995
1995-1996
1998
Canton Invaders (indoor)
Columbia Spirit
Dayton Dynamo (indoor)
Greensboro Dynamo
Cincinnati Silverbacks (indoor)
Buffalo Blizzard (indoor)
Raleigh Flyers
35 (17)

23 0(4)
52 0(2)
02 0(0)
22 0(4)   
National team
1992 United States 01 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Mike “Goose” Gosselin is a former U.S. soccer defender who earned one cap with the U.S. national team in 1992. He played professionally in the National Professional Soccer League and USISL.

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Youth

Gosselin grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He attended Jefferson High School where he was the school's goalkeeper his sophomore year. He then transferred to Kentwood High School his junior year where he was moved to forward and led the team in scoring as it finished fourth in the state tournament.[1] After graduating from high school in 1987, he entered the University of South Carolina where he played on the men’s soccer team from 1987 to 1990. This led to yet another position change, this time to defender.

Professional

In 1991, the Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) drafted Gosselin and he signed with the team on October 15, 1991. In March 1992, he strained his knee and lost several games, but was still selected to the All Rookie First Team.[2] On September 13, 1992, the Buffalo Blizzard selected Gosselin with the first selection in the NPSL Expansion Draft.[3] However, Canton purchased his contract from the Blizzard in October but he did not join the team as he was finishing his degree at South Carolina.[4] In January 1992, multiple injuries to the Invaders back line led the team to sign Gosselin for two games.[5][6] In February, Gosselin signed with the Columbia Spirit of the USISL in 1993.[7] In 1994, he moved to the Greensboro Dynamo, winning the USISL championship that season. He remained with the Dynamo until at least 1996.[8] In October 1996, he signed with the Dayton Dynamo for the 1994-1995 NPSL season.[9] In the fall of 1995, he signed with the Cincinnati Silverbacks. He played two games then was traded to the Buffalo Blizzard in exchange for Matt Kmosko on November 9, 1995.[10][11] In 1998, he played with the Raleigh Flyers.

National team

In 1991, Gosselin played for the U.S. soccer team at the World University Games.[12] He earned his lone cap with the U.S. national team in a 2-0 win over Canada on September 3, 1992. He came on for John DeBrito in the 78th minute.[13]

References

  1. ^ LIBERTY BEATS FIFE FOR AA SOCCER CROWN THE SEATTLE TIMES - Sunday, June 1, 1986
  2. ^ 3 Ambush Stars Voted All-NPSL Tulsa World - Friday, April 10, 1992
  3. ^ BLIZZARD ACQUIRES PIKUZINSKI FROM CHICAGO FOR 3 DRAFTEES The Buffalo News - Monday, September 14, 1992
  4. ^ CRUNCH AND INVADERS OPEN TRAINING CAMPS COACHES HINDLEY AND PISANO START 2-A-DAY, PRACTICE SESSIONS Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Tuesday, October 13, 1992
  5. ^ INVADERS LIMPING ALONG CANTON IS AT ONLY .500 FOR SEASON AND HURTING FROM SEVERAL INJURIES Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Friday, January 15, 1993
  6. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1992-1993
  7. ^ COLUMBIA SPIRIT KICKS OFF SEASON State, The (Columbia, SC) - Saturday, February 13, 1993
  8. ^ "Carolina Dynamo All-Time Player Stats 1993–2006". Carolina Dynamo. http://www.carolinadynamo.com/06_Alltime_player_stats.doc. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  
  9. ^ SOUTH CAROLINA TRIO REUNITED IN DAYTON - GOSSELIN IS NEWEST DYNAMO ACQUISITION Dayton Daily News (OH) - Tuesday, October 18, 1994
  10. ^ Transactions The Kansas City Star - Thursday, November 9, 1995
  11. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1995-1996
  12. ^ 7 TO PLAY SOCCER FOR U.S. TEAMS State, The (Columbia, SC) - Wednesday, June 12, 1991
  13. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1990-1994
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