Dan Calichman

Daniel Jacob Calichman (born February 21, 1968 in Huntington Station, New York) is a retired American soccer player, who played as a defender, and the current assistant coach for Toronto FC.

Dan Calichman
Personal information
Full name Daniel Jacob Calichman
Date of birth (1968-02-21) February 21, 1968
Place of birth Huntington Station, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1986–1990 Williams Ephs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Mazda / Sanfrecce Hiroshima 50 (0)
1994 Boston Storm
1996–1998 Los Angeles Galaxy 58 (0)
1999–2000 New England Revolution 29 (0)
2000 San Jose Earthquakes 16 (0)
2001 Charleston Battery 30 (1)
National team
1997 United States 2 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2014 Claremont McKenna College
2014– Toronto FC (Assistant Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 April 2009



Calichman played college soccer at Williams College, where he was a three-time Division III All-American.[1]


Calichman began his professional career in Japan, first for Mazda in the Japan Soccer League in 1990 and 1991, and then for its successor Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the newly formed J. League Division 1 in 1992 and 1993. Calichman became the first American to play in the J-League. In 1995, he moved back to the United States and played for the Boston Storm and the New York Centaurs of the A-League.

In 1996, Calichman was allocated to the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He would captain the team for three seasons, earning All-Star recognition in 1996, until a trade to the New England Revolution before the 1999 season. He would end his MLS career splitting 2000 between the Revs and the San Jose Earthquakes and spent 2001 in the A-League with the Charleston Battery. He retired from competitive soccer at the end of the 2001 season.

Calichman was honored by the Galaxy in a pre-game match ceremony on April 4, 2009.[2]


Calichman was capped 2 times for the United States national team, both in 1997.

Post-Soccer Career

In 2004 Calichman was appointed head coach of the men's soccer team at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. In 2007 Calichman also became the Director of Player Development for Southern California-based youth soccer organization LAFC Chelsea. Since 2014 he has been assistant coach for the Major League Soccer team Toronto FC.[3]

Career statistics



Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1990/91MazdaJSL Division 226131292
1991/92JSL Division 111000110
1992Sanfrecce HiroshimaJ1 League-6161
United States League Open Cup League Cup Total
1995New York CentaursA-League0000
1996Los Angeles GalaxyMajor League Soccer280280
1999New England RevolutionMajor League Soccer250250
2000San Jose EarthquakesMajor League Soccer160160
2001Charleston BatteryUSL A-League301301
CountryJapan 50100102603
United States 14311431
Total 1932001022034



United States national team


  1. Slater, Robert (2000). Great Jews in Sports. Jonathan David Publishers. p. 54. ISBN 0-8246-0453-9.
  2. Magaña, Angel (2009-04-05). "Familiar Problems Haunt Galaxy". LAist. Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-04-05. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. "Old faces, new place: Greg Vanney names Toronto FC coaching staff, and they're loaded with MLS experience".
  4. "Dan Calichman". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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