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Thompson Usiyan
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Personal information
Date of birth April 27, 1956 (1956-04-27) (age 53)
Place of birth    Effurun, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1977-1980 Appalachian State Mountaineers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1981-1982
1983-1984
1984
1984-1987
1985
1987-1988
1989
1989-1991
1991
1991-1992
1992-1993
1993
1995
Montreal Manic
Tulsa Roughnecks
Oklahoma City Stampede
Minnesota Strikers (indoor)
Tulsa Tornados
Los Angeles Lazers (indoor)
Maryland Bays
St. Louis Storm (indoor)
Hamilton Steelers
San Diego Sockers (indoor)
St. Louis Ambush (indoor)
San Diego Sockers (indoor)
San Jose Grizzlies (indoor)
58 (21)
11 0(1)

87 (66)

66 (63)

97 (92)

62 (58)
11 0(2)   
National team
1981 Nigeria 01 0(0)

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

Thompson Usiyan (born April 27, 1956) is a retired Nigerian football (soccer) player. He holds the NCAA Division I career scoring record and played in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League, American Soccer League and Continental Indoor Soccer League. He was a member of the Nigerian Olympic soccer which boycotted the 1976 Olympics. In 1981, he earned one cap with the Nigerian national football team.

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Youth

In 1976, Usiyan was selected as a member of the Nigerian 1976 Olympic team. Although the team travelled to the Olympics, which was held in Montreal, Canada, it did not compete as a result of a boycott of the games by African and Arab nations. Usiyan chose to remain in North America and received scholarship offers to attend Clemson University, Howard University and Appalachian State University.[1] He chose Appalachian where he set an NCAA record of 109 career goals. Usiyan also set records for most career points (255), goals in a season (46 in 1980), and points in a season (108 in 1980).[2] He was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1977, '78, and '80.

Professional

In 1981, he signed with the Montreal Manic of the North American Soccer League. The Manic traded Usiyan to the Tulsa Roughnecks following the 1982 season. Leg injuries limited him to eleven games for the Roughnecks in 1983. The team released him on March 11, 1984.[3] On April 12, 1984, he signed with the Oklahoma City Stampede of the United Soccer League.[4] He led the league in scoring and finished third in the points standings.[5] In the fall of 1984, he signed with the Minnesota Strikers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1985, he briefly returned to the outdoor game when he signed with the Tulsa Tornados of the USL, but the league collapsed after only six games.[6] Usiyan had arthroscopic surgery later in the summer, but returned to the Strikers in the fall of 1985 and spent the next two seasons in Minnesota. On March 26, 1987, the Strikers traded Usiyan to the Los Angeles Lazers in exchange for Greg Ion after Usiyan had a locker room fight with Strikers goalkeeper Tino Lettieri.[7] Usiyan remained with the Lazers through the 1987-1988 season. He did not play again until signed by the Maryland Bays of the American Soccer League in June 1989.[8] During his time away from soccer, he finished his business degree at Appalachian State. On August 9, 1989, he returned to MISL when he signed with the St. Louis Storm.[9] During his two seasons in St. Louis, Usiyan began working tax consultant. After finishing his degree, he had spent some time as an accountant and after his retirement, he became a full time tax consultant.[10] During the summer of 1991, Usiyan played for the Hamilton Steelers in the Canadian Soccer League. On September 9, 1991, the Storm traded Usiyan to the San Diego Sockers in exchange for Branko Segota and the Sockers 1992 first round draft choice.[11] Usiyan won the 1992 MISL championship with the Sockers. On November 20, 1992, Usiyan signed with the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League.[12][13] On June 1, 1993, the Arizona Sandsharks drafted Usiyan in the first round of the 1993 Continental Indoor Soccer League supplemental draft.[14] Two days later, the San Diego Sockers traded Wes Wade to the Sandsharks in exchange for Usiyan, Alex Golovnia and Nassim Olabi.[15] On September 10, 1993, the league suspended Usiyan indefinitely for accumulated red cards. On June 21, 1995, the San Jose Grizzlies of the CISL drafted Usiyan after he was cleared by the league to play.[16] He retired permanently at the end of the season.

Usiyan was the MISL's sixteenth leading scorer in 1984-85 as a member of the Minnesota Strikers, with 62 points in 47 games. He was fifteenth best a season later with 60 points in 40 contests. Usiyan finished eighth in scoring in the 1987-88 season as a member of the Los Angeles Lazers with 88 points in 51 games. He was sixth best in 1990-91 with 102 points in 51 games played for the St. Louis Storm. Usiyan was amongst the leaders one final time (in the league's last season) finishing fifteenth with 57 points in 40 games playing with the San Diego Sockers. He was named Championship Series Most Valuable Player as the Sockers won the championship.

International

Usiyan earned 1 'A' international cap for Nigeria, playing in a 0-2 lose to Algeria on October 10, 1981 in Lagos.

Usiyan makes his home in San Diego, California where he is a tax consultant.

References

  1. ^ Records weren't made to be broken
  2. ^ NCAA Record Book
  3. ^ 3 Players, 2 Coaches Out in Tulsa The Daily Oklahoman - Friday, March 16, 1984
  4. ^ Proven Stars Sign Pacts With 'Pede The Daily Oklahoman - Friday, April 13, 1984
  5. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1984
  6. ^ THE USL TEAMS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, May 19, 1985
  7. ^ Strikers Usiyan , Lettieri maintain Tacoma's fighting tradition San Diego Union, The (CA) - Tuesday, March 24, 1987
  8. ^ SOCCER - DIPLOMATS RALLY TO UPEND BAYS Washington Post - Monday, June 12, 1989
  9. ^ Ilijevski 'Comes Home' - Ex-Steamers Goalie Signs With Storm St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Wednesday, August 9, 1989
  10. ^ Tax Man: Usiyan Puts Up Big Numbers For Storm St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Wednesday, April 3, 1991
  11. ^ Storm Acquires Segota From Sockers For Usiyan St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Tuesday, September 10, 1991
  12. ^ HOME AT LAST - O'KEEFE, AMBUSH PLAY FIRST NPSL GAME AT ARENA TONIGHT St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Friday, November 20, 1992
  13. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1992-1993
  14. ^ Sockers get only Eric Ople in short draft San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Wednesday, June 2, 1993
  15. ^ Sockers deal Wes Wade for three players San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Thursday, June 3, 1993
  16. ^ DRAFT HINTS PRO LEAGUE IN TROUBLE Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - Thursday, June 22, 1995

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Thompson Usiyan
Personal information
Date of birth April 27, 1956 (1956-04-27) (age 54)
Place of birth    Effurun, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1977-1980 Appalachian State Mountaineers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1981-1982
1983-1984
1984
1984-1987
1985
1987-1988
1989
1989-1991
1991
1991-1992
1992-1993
1993
1995
Montreal Manic
Tulsa Roughnecks
Oklahoma City Stampede
Minnesota Strikers (indoor)
Tulsa Tornados
Los Angeles Lazers (indoor)
Maryland Bays
St. Louis Storm (indoor)
Hamilton Steelers
San Diego Sockers (indoor)
St. Louis Ambush (indoor)
San Diego Sockers (indoor)
San Jose Grizzlies (indoor)
58 (21)
11 0(1)

87 (66)

66 (63)

97 (92)

62 (58)
11 0(2)   
National team
1981 Nigeria 01 0(0)

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

Thompson Usiyan (born April 27, 1956) is a retired Nigerian football (soccer) player. He holds the NCAA Division I career scoring record and played in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League, American Soccer League and Continental Indoor Soccer League. He was a member of the Nigerian Olympic soccer which boycotted the 1976 Olympics. In 1981, he earned one cap with the Nigerian national football team.

Contents

Youth

In 1976, Usiyan was selected as a member of the Nigerian 1976 Olympic team. Although the team travelled to the Olympics, which was held in Montreal, Canada, it did not compete as a result of a boycott of the games by African and Arab nations. Usiyan chose to remain in North America and received scholarship offers to attend Clemson University, Howard University and Appalachian State University.[1] He chose Appalachian where he set an NCAA record of 109 career goals. Usiyan also set records for most career points (255), goals in a season (46 in 1980), and points in a season (108 in 1980).[2] He was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1977, '78, and '80.

Professional

In 1981, he signed with the Montreal Manic of the North American Soccer League. The Manic traded Usiyan to the Tulsa Roughnecks following the 1982 season. Leg injuries limited him to eleven games for the Roughnecks in 1983. The team released him on March 11, 1984.[3] On April 12, 1984, he signed with the Oklahoma City Stampede of the United Soccer League.[4] He led the league in scoring and finished third in the points standings.[5] In the fall of 1984, he signed with the Minnesota Strikers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1985, he briefly returned to the outdoor game when he signed with the Tulsa Tornados of the USL, but the league collapsed after only six games.[6] Usiyan had arthroscopic surgery later in the summer, but returned to the Strikers in the fall of 1985 and spent the next two seasons in Minnesota. On March 26, 1987, the Strikers traded Usiyan to the Los Angeles Lazers in exchange for Greg Ion after Usiyan had a locker room fight with Strikers goalkeeper Tino Lettieri.[7] Usiyan remained with the Lazers through the 1987-1988 season. He did not play again until signed by the Maryland Bays of the American Soccer League in June 1989.[8] During his time away from soccer, he finished his business degree at Appalachian State. On August 9, 1989, he returned to MISL when he signed with the St. Louis Storm.[9] During his two seasons in St. Louis, Usiyan began working tax consultant. After finishing his degree, he had spent some time as an accountant and after his retirement, he became a full time tax consultant.[10] During the summer of 1991, Usiyan played for the Hamilton Steelers in the Canadian Soccer League. On September 9, 1991, the Storm traded Usiyan to the San Diego Sockers in exchange for Branko Segota and the Sockers 1992 first round draft choice.[11] Usiyan won the 1992 MISL championship with the Sockers. On November 20, 1992, Usiyan signed with the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League.[12][13] On June 1, 1993, the Arizona Sandsharks drafted Usiyan in the first round of the 1993 Continental Indoor Soccer League supplemental draft.[14] Two days later, the San Diego Sockers traded Wes Wade to the Sandsharks in exchange for Usiyan, Alex Golovnia and Nassim Olabi.[15] On September 10, 1993, the league suspended Usiyan indefinitely for accumulated red cards. On June 21, 1995, the San Jose Grizzlies of the CISL drafted Usiyan after he was cleared by the league to play.[16] He retired permanently at the end of the season.

Usiyan was the MISL's sixteenth leading scorer in 1984-85 as a member of the Minnesota Strikers, with 62 points in 47 games. He was fifteenth best a season later with 60 points in 40 contests. Usiyan finished eighth in scoring in the 1987-88 season as a member of the Los Angeles Lazers with 88 points in 51 games. He was sixth best in 1990-91 with 102 points in 51 games played for the St. Louis Storm. Usiyan was amongst the leaders one final time (in the league's last season) finishing fifteenth with 57 points in 40 games playing with the San Diego Sockers. He was named Championship Series Most Valuable Player as the Sockers won the championship.

International

Usiyan earned 1 'A' international cap for Nigeria, playing in a 0-2 lose to Algeria on October 10, 1981 in Lagos.

Usiyan makes his home in San Diego, California where he is a tax consultant.

References

  1. ^ Records weren't made to be broken
  2. ^ NCAA Record Book
  3. ^ 3 Players, 2 Coaches Out in Tulsa The Daily Oklahoman - Friday, March 16, 1984
  4. ^ Proven Stars Sign Pacts With 'Pede The Daily Oklahoman - Friday, April 13, 1984
  5. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1984
  6. ^ THE USL TEAMS Miami Herald, The (FL) - Sunday, May 19, 1985
  7. ^ Strikers Usiyan , Lettieri maintain Tacoma's fighting tradition San Diego Union, The (CA) - Tuesday, March 24, 1987
  8. ^ SOCCER - DIPLOMATS RALLY TO UPEND BAYS Washington Post - Monday, June 12, 1989
  9. ^ Ilijevski 'Comes Home' - Ex-Steamers Goalie Signs With Storm St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Wednesday, August 9, 1989
  10. ^ Tax Man: Usiyan Puts Up Big Numbers For Storm St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Wednesday, April 3, 1991
  11. ^ Storm Acquires Segota From Sockers For Usiyan St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Tuesday, September 10, 1991
  12. ^ HOME AT LAST - O'KEEFE, AMBUSH PLAY FIRST NPSL GAME AT ARENA TONIGHT St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Friday, November 20, 1992
  13. ^ NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1992-1993
  14. ^ Sockers get only Eric Ople in short draft San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Wednesday, June 2, 1993
  15. ^ Sockers deal Wes Wade for three players San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Thursday, June 3, 1993
  16. ^ DRAFT HINTS PRO LEAGUE IN TROUBLE Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - Thursday, June 22, 1995

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