Jeff Agoos

Jeffrey Alan Agoos (born May 2, 1968) is a retired Swiss-born American soccer defender, and one of the all-time appearance leaders for the United States national team.[1] Agoos served as the Sporting Director for the New York Red Bulls, and currently is the Vice President of Competition for Major League Soccer.

Jeff Agoos
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Alan Agoos
Date of birth (1968-05-02) May 2, 1968
Place of birth Geneva, Switzerland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1990 University of Virginia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Maryland Bays 5 (0)
1991–1992 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 30 (7)
1994 Los Angeles Salsa
1994–1995 SV Wehen 9 (0)
1996–2000 D.C. United 158 (7)
2000West Bromwich Albion (loan) 0 (0)
2001–2004 San Jose Earthquakes 98 (6)
2005 MetroStars 27 (0)
National team
1988–2003 United States 134 (4)
Teams managed
1995 University of Virginia (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Agoos won a record five MLS championships: three with D.C. United, and two with the San Jose Earthquakes. He also won the 1996 U.S. Open Cup, and was the 2001 MLS Defender of the Year. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009.

Early life

Agoos (nicknamed Goose) was born in Geneva, Switzerland, as his father was working overseas there for Caterpillar Construction Company. He grew up in Texas, and attended J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. He was named a two-time Parade Magazine High School All-American as well as a Dallas All-Sports Athlete-of-the-Year. Agoos is Jewish,[2][3] and during the summer of 1985, represented the United States at the 1985 Maccabiah Games and was at 17 the youngest player on the team.[4][5]

Youth career

From 1986 to 1990, Agoos played soccer for Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia. During his four seasons with the Cavaliers, earned First-Team All-American honors twice, in 1988 and 1990 and is the only 4 time All American in Uva's history. He finished second in Hermann Award voting his senior season.

In 1989, his junior year, Virginia went to the NCAA championship game where it fought the University of Santa Clara to a 1–1 draw after 4 overtimes. While the teams wanted to continue to play, NCAA officials ended the game and declared the two teams co-champions. At the time there were no penalty kicks to end a tie. At the end of the season, Agoos represented the United States at the 1989 Maccabiah Games.[4]

Club career

Upon graduating from college, Agoos played for the Maryland Bays of the A-League in 1991. On February 13, 1991, the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Indoor Soccer League drafted Agoos with the second overall pick of the 1991 draft. He played in thirty games in the 1991–1992 season, scoring seven goals. In 1992, he left the Sidekicks to play full-time for the U.S. national team, but Dallas again selected him in a draft, this time the 1993 Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) draft, but he did not re-sign with the team. On June 26, 1994, after being cut from the U.S. roster for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Agoos signed with the Los Angeles Salsa for the 1994 American Professional Soccer League season.[6] The Salsa went to the playoff semifinals that season as Agoos was selected Second Team All League. In the fall of 1994, he moved to Germany, where he played for SV Wehen during the 1994–95 season.

Major League Soccer

Agoos returned from Germany in 1995 to sign with Major League Soccer. While waiting for the new league's first season, Agoos served as an assistant coach to Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia. In order to create a league, MLS allocated various recognized players to each team. As part of this process, the league allocated Agoos to D.C. United where he joined Bruce Arena, the team's first coach. That year, Agoos won the first MLS Championship as well as the U.S. Open Cup. He followed it up the next year with his second MLS Championship. In 1998, D.C. United achieved its greatest accomplishment when it defeated Vasco de Gama to take the Interamerican Cup. Agoos then won his third MLS Championship with D.C. United in 1999. He spent 2001 through 2004 with the San Jose Earthquakes, and proceeded to win his fourth and fifth MLS Championships. Agoos was named MLS Defender of the Year in 2001 and earned a place in the MLS Best XI three times (1997, 1999, and 2001). In 2005, Agoos was named to the league's tenth anniversary All-Time Best XI. He was traded to the MetroStars after the 2004 season for a fourth round draft pick. In ten years in MLS, Agoos scored 11 regular season goals and added 25 assists in 244 matches. In 2005, he was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI, before retiring December 8, 2005.

International career

Agoos represented Team USA at the 1985 Maccabiah Games in Israel.[7] At 17 years of age, he was the youngest player on the team.[7]

Agoos made his debut with the United States national team on January 10, 1988, against Guatemala.[8] His first national team goal came just three days later on January 13, 1988, also against Guatemala. He was the last member to be cut from the U.S. squad for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and he burned his uniform upon hearing the news. He made the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France but did not play a single minute, in favor of David Regis. In the World Cup in South Korea/Japan at the age of 34, Jeff started the first three games (he scored an own goal to finish the scoring in the surprising win against Portugal) until he suffered a calf injury against Poland. He later missed the rest of the tournament. He was capped a total of 134 times for the U.S. Agoos earned his last cap against Wales on May 26, 2003.

Agoos was also a member of the 1992 Team USA Futsal team which won a silver medal at Hong Kong. He earned 10 caps and scored 2 goals with the futsal team.

Post-playing career

Agoos was named as New York Red Bulls' Technical Director on September 28, 2006, serving under head coach Bruce Arena. He officially joined the Bulls organization on January 1, 2007.[9] On January 7, 2008 he was promoted to Sporting Director.[10]

In 2009 Agoos was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

On March 28, 2011, Agoos was hired by the MLS as their Technical Director of Competition. He will work on planning and competition strategies.[11]

Career statistics



Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1994–95Wehen WiesbadenRegionalliga90
United States League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1996D.C. UnitedMajor League Soccer321
2001San Jose Earthquakes202
Total Germany 90
United States 24411
Career total 25311

International goals

1January 13, 1988Guatemala City, Guatemala Guatemala1–01–0Friendly match
2November 14, 1993Mission Viejo, California Cayman Islands4–08–1Friendly match
3January 20, 1996Los Angeles Guatemala2–03–01996 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4February 2, 2002Pasadena, California Costa Rica2–02–02002 CONCACAF Gold Cup final



D.C. United
San Jose Earthquakes


United States

See also


  1. Profile Archived August 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "The Jewish Earthquake". Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  3. Jeff Agoos
  4. "Jeff Agoos". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved April 11, 2009.
  5. Jeff Agoos: 1996 was the Year of the Goose 03/01/1997
  6. Nigeria's Foul Act Merits Fair Punishment
  7. SoccerAmerica - Jeff Agoos: 1996 was the Year of the Goose 03/01/1997
  8. Jeff Agoos – USMNT | Players | US Soccer Players
  9. Technical director, Bulls
  10. Sporting Director promotion
  11. Goff, Steven. "Tuesday kickaround: USA-Paraguay, USA-Spain, Marcelo Bielsa, Jeff Agoos, Chad Ochocinco, TV listings". Soccer Insider. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  12. "ジェフ・アグース". Retrieved January 25, 2011.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Doyle
San Jose Earthquakes captain
Succeeded by
Wade Barrett
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