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Pat Onstad
Pat Onstad
Personal information
Full name Patrick Stewart Onstad
Date of birth January 13, 1968 (1968-01-13) (age 42)
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Houston Dynamo
Number 18
Youth career
1985–1987 UBC Thunderbirds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 Vancouver 86ers
1988–1989 Winnipeg Fury
1990–1991 Toronto Blizzard 54 (0)
1992–1993 Winnipeg Fury 20 (0)
1994 Toronto Rockets 20 (0)
1995 Montreal Impact 7 (0)
1996 Edmonton Drillers (indoor) 19 (0)
1997 Toronto Lynx 19 (0)
1998–1999 Rochester Raging Rhinos 49 (0)
1999–2001 Dundee United 0 (0)
2001–2002 Rochester Raging Rhinos 21 (0)
2003–2005 San Jose Earthquakes 84 (0)
2006– Houston Dynamo 113 (0)
National team
1988–2008 Canada 56 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 March, 2009
Pat Onstad with Houston Dynamo teammate Wade Barrett

Patrick Stewart "Pat" Onstad (born January 13, 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer, and for the Canadian national team.




Youth and College

Onstad began his lengthy soccer career with the West Point Grey, Marpole United, and Coquitlam Metro-Ford youth soccer clubs. He then went on to tend goal at the University of British Columbia, who he led to three CIAU National Championships. He was also a two-time Academic All-Canadian, and holds degrees in Human Kinetics and Education.[1]


After graduating, Onstad joined the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League in 1987. From 1988-89, he played for the Winnipeg Fury, also of the CSL. He moved to a third CSL team, the Toronto Blizzard, for 1990 and 1991. Onstad returned to the Fury in 1992, winning both the CSL Championship and the CSL Goalkeeper of the Year Award.

Onstad moved to the APSL in 1994, playing for the Toronto Rockets. After a season with the Rockets, he moved to the Montreal Impact for 1995. In 1996, he played indoor soccer for the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL. He returned to outdoor soccer in 1997, playing for the Toronto Lynx, again of the A-League. In 1998, Onstad moved to his first American team, the Rochester Raging Rhinos, with whom he won the A-League title, and was also named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year after allowing only 13 goals in 26 regular season games. Onstad remained with Rochester for 1999, was named All-League second team, and helped the Rhinos become the only minor league team to win the U.S. Open Cup since the foundation of Major League Soccer.

In 1999, Onstad was signed by Dundee United of Scotland, although he never saw any playing time with the first team. He returned to Rochester in 2001, and although a wrist injury kept him out of action for most of the year, he finished second in the league in goals against the following year.

In 2003, Onstad was signed by fellow Canadian Frank Yallop to the San Jose Earthquakes as a replacement for Joe Cannon. Onstad filled in quite well, helping lead the Earthquakes to their second MLS Cup in three years, and winning the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award. He had another excellent year in 2005, supporting the Earthquakes as they went undefeated at home (the first time any team did that in MLS history) and winning the MLS Supporters' Shield, and winning the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award for a second time. He was named to the MLS Best XI in both 2003 and 2005.

Along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, he moved to Houston for the 2006 season. Onstad played every minute of the regular season for the Dynamo.


Onstad played for Canada at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship [2]and made his senior debut for the Canadian national team on February 18, 1988 against Bermuda, and has played a total of 56 games over a 20 year period for the squad. He has represented Canada in 15 FIFA World Cup qualification matches [3] in three unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaigns.

His final international game was an August 2008 World Cup qualification match against Jamaica.



Houston Dynamo

San Jose Earthquakes

Rochester Raging Rhinos


See also


  1. ^ Houston Dynamo: Pat Onstad Retrieved on 4 September 2009
  2. ^ World Youth Cup Team Canada - FIFA
  3. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA

External links

Preceded by
Joe Cannon
MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
Succeeded by
Joe Cannon
Troy Perkins


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