Arturo Velazco

Arturo Velazco is a former American soccer defender. He played four seasons in the Western Soccer Alliance, five in the American Professional Soccer League, at least three in the National Professional Soccer League and one in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. He also earned two caps with the United States men's national soccer team in 1988.

Arturo Velazco
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-12-18) December 18, 1964
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1990 San Diego Nomads
1989–1990 San Diego Sockers 13 (0)
1990–1992 Milwaukee Wave (indoor) 73 (8)
1991 Colorado Foxes 17 (1)
1992 Miami Freedom 15 (1)
1992–1994 Wichita Wings (indoor) 72 (9)
1993–1994 Los Angeles Salsa
1995 Mexico Toros (indoor) 25 (2)
National team
1988 United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Professional career

Outdoor soccer

Velazco graduated from La Jolla High School. In 1984, he joined the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League, but never entered a first-team game. In 1986, he signed with the San Diego Nomads of the Western Soccer Alliance.[1] He played with the Nomads through the 1990 season. During his four seasons with the Nomads, Velazco won the 1987 and 1989 championships. In 1988, Velazco was a first team All Star. In 1990, the WSA merged with the American Soccer League to form the American Professional Soccer League. The Nomads failed to make the playoffs, then withdrew from the league. Velazco then moved to the Colorado Foxes for the 1991 season. He moved again in 1992, this time to the Miami Freedom. On April 29, 1993, he signed with the expansion Los Angeles Salsa The Salsa lasted only two seasons before folding in 1994.

Indoor soccer

On October 4, 1989, Velazco began his indoor career with the San Diego Sockers of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[2] In October 1990, he moved to the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League.[3] He was a first team All Star that season. He also played at least two seasons, 1992-1994 with the Wichita Wings of the NPSL. In 1995, he played with the Mexico Toros of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.[4]

National team

Velazco earned two caps with the United States men's national soccer team, both in June 1988. The first came in a 1-1 tie with Chile on June 1. The second was a 3-1 loss to Chile two days later.[5]


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