Ian Russell (soccer)

Ian Russell (born August 30, 1975) is an American retired professional soccer player and current coach.

Ian Russell
Russell carrying the MLS Cup trophy in 2002
Personal information
Full name Ian Russell
Date of birth (1975-08-30) August 30, 1975
Place of birth Seattle, Washington, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1994–1997 Washington Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Seattle Sounders 38 (16)
2000–2005 San Jose Earthquakes 131 (9)
2007 Los Angeles Galaxy 3 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2016 San Jose Earthquakes (assistant)
2014 San Jose Earthquakes (interim)
2017– Reno 1868
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Russell attended the University of Washington on a soccer scholarship and was a three-time (1995–97) All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team selection. He then played for the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division in 1998 and 1999. He won the offensive MVP award in 1999.

Professional playing

After being drafted by the Seattle Sounders in 2000, Russell played for seven seasons in Major League Soccer. Six of those seasons were with the San Jose Earthquakes; Russell appeared in 131 games. A pacy midfielder, he scored five goals and 20 assists, helping the Quakes win two MLS Cups, in 2001 and 2003. He is ninth all-time in Quakes history in assists and is tied for first in club history in playoff appearances with 14. His best season with San Jose came in 2001, when he scored three goals and nine assists, while starting all 26 regular season games and all six playoffs games. Russell was selected to the 2001 MLS All Star Game, but was later replaced due to injury.

Russell also played three games in 2007 with the Los Angeles Galaxy, under the management of Frank Yallop.


Russell began coaching while playing for the Seattle Sounders and has continued coaching in the Bay Area, including running camps and directing training sessions for numerous youth teams in the South Bay.

Russell returned to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008, as assistant coach.[1] During his first year with the club, Russell helped the team make a very successful return to MLS. This included the team's posting the best record for any expansion team since 1998 with eight wins, 33 points and 32 goals scored. The Quakes also posted a nine-game unbeaten streak from July 12 – Sep 27, which was the longest unbeaten streak in the league in 2008 and the second longest ever by an expansion team.

In the offseason, Russell successfully completed the U.S. Soccer Federation "A" coaching license course.

For the last two games of the 2014 regular season, Russell became interim head coach.[2] Dominic Kinnear eventually took over after the season.[3]

On November 22, 2016, Russell was named the first Head Coach of 2017 USL Expansion Team: Reno 1868 FC.[4]

In his first year under the helm; Russell has guided Reno 1868 FC to a playoff berth, as well as setting some new Records in the USL: Single Season Goals (69*), largest margin of victory in USL history (9)[5]




As of September 25, 2017
Team From To Record
G W L T GF GA GD Win % Ref.
San Jose Earthquakes October 15, 2014[2] - 1 0 0 1 0 0 +0 000.00 [6]
Reno 1868 FC 2017 present 29 16 6 7 69 33 +36 055.17 [7]


  1. "Quakes hire Russell as assistant". Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  2. "MLS: Earthquakes sack Canadian coach Mark Watson". CBC Sports. The Associated Press. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  3. Carlisle, Jeff (October 15, 2014). "Dominic Kinnear to coach San Jose Earthquakes". ESPN FC. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  4. "Ian Russell named Reno 1868 FC coach". Reno Gazette-Journal. November 22, 2016.
  5. "Reno Sets Record in Rout of Galaxy II". United Soccer League. July 4, 2017.
  6. "San José Earthquakes » Fixtures & Results 2013/2014". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  7. "USL Standings".
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