Carl Fletcher (Canadian soccer)

Carl Tadeus Fletcher (born 26 December 1971) is a former professional Canadian soccer defender who played in the Canadian Soccer League, USL A-League, and played at the international level appearing in several CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments and at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Carl Fletcher
Personal information
Full name Carl Tadeus Fletcher
Date of birth (1971-12-26) 26 December 1971
Place of birth Plymouth, Montserrat
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Scarborough Blues
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Toronto Blizzard
1994 Toronto Rockets 20 (0)
1996–1998 Montreal Impact 68 (0)
1999–2000 Hampton Roads Mariners 27 (2)
2001 Montreal Impact 13 (0)
2001 Rochester Rhinos 9 (0)
2002–2004 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 (0)
2005 Toronto Lynx 0 (0)
National team
1991–2003 Canada 40 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Fletcher began his professional career for the Toronto Blizzard of the Canadian Soccer League. He played for the Toronto Rockets in 1994, which was the club's sole season of existence. He spent the 1996 indoor season with Toronto Shooting Stars of the National Professional Soccer League. When the indoor season came to a conclusion he signed with Montreal Impact and played a total of 68 matches for the franchise.[1] In 1999, he signed a contract with Hampton Roads Mariners and played two years with the team. Fletcher returned to the Montreal Impact in April 2001; after playing half a season with the Impact, he was sold to Rochester Raging Rhinos in August 2001.[2] With Rochester he reached the postseason, and captured the A-League championship.

In 2002, Fletcher was transferred to the Atlanta Silverbacks, and spent two seasons with the organization – his best season with Atlanta was in 2002 reaching the first round of the playoffs. In 2004 Fletcher took a season off to pursue a broadcast career with TSN. A year after he decided to return to soccer and signed with his hometown club the Toronto Lynx. His signing was announced on March 31, 2005.[3] He failed to make an appearance for the club due to sustaining an injury early in the season and was released halfway through the season.

International career

Fletcher made his first steps on the international scene at the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship which were held in Canada. He played in all three games there.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a July 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Jamaica and for a couple of years was the first-choice defender for the Canadian national team. He earned 40 caps, scoring twice.[4] He represented Canada in 7 World Cup qualifiers.[5]

His last international game was on 1 June 2003 against Germany.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
116 November 1997Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica Costa Rica2-11-31998 FIFA World Cup qualification
28 October 1999Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States El Salvador2-12-1CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff

References

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