Kevin Hundelt

Kevin Hundelt is a retired American soccer player who spent his entire professional career playing in indoor leagues. These include the first Major Indoor Soccer League and second Major Indoor Soccer League, National Professional Soccer League and Continental Indoor Soccer League. He was the 1999 NPSL Defender of the Year and also earned one cap with the United States U-20 men's national soccer team in 1987.

Kevin Hundelt
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-12-30) December 30, 1967
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1986 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 St. Louis Steamers (indoor) 30 (3)
1988–1991 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 142 (42)
1991–1992 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 38 (10)
1992–1999 St. Louis Ambush (indoor) 231 (112)
1994 San Jose Grizzlies (indoor) 23 (15)
1999–2001 St. Louis Steamers (indoor)
National team
1987 U.S. U-20 1 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 St. Louis Ambush (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player

Youth

Hundelt graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy High School where he led school's soccer team to the 1985 Missouri State High School Soccer Championship. Hundelt was the 1985 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year.[1] He then attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he played one year on the men's soccer team.[2]

Professional

In fall of 1987, Hundelt turned professional with the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He spent the first half of the season on the reserve squad, but gained his first game in January 1988.[3] After that, he became a regular with the first team. When the Steamers folded at the end of the season, Hundelt signed with the Kansas City Comets. After playing three seasons with the Comets, Hundelt signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Storm in July 1991.[4] When both the Storm and the league collapsed at the end of the season. Hundelt moved to the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League where he spent seven seasons.[5] He was the 1999 NPSL Defender of the Year.[6] He gained the award by becoming the first player in league history to finish in the top five in both blocked shots and assists in one season. In 1994, Hundelt spent the summer indoor season with the San Jose Grizzlies of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.[7] After his standout 1998–1999 season, the Ambush both passed on Hundelt as the team's new coach and asked him to take a pay cut. He therefore decided to seek another team.[8][9][10][11] [12][13] [14][15] On October 6, 1999, he signed with the St. Louis Steamers of the World Indoor Soccer League.[16] On July 30, 2003, the KiXX traded Hundelt, along with Mark Moser, Droo Callahan and Matt DeJong to the Steamers in exchange for Cesidio Colasante and Joe Santana.[17] There is no indication that he played for either the KiXX or the Steamers.

National team

In 1987, Hundelt played at least one game with the U-20 team in a 1-0 loss to Chile.[18]

Coach

In the fall of 1998, the St. Louis Ambush named Hundelt as a player-assistant coach. In the summer of 1999, the Ambush began looking for a new head coach. After initially saying that Hundelt would most likely be selected for the position, the team ownership went with Jamie Swanner.

Yearly awards

  • NPSL Defender of the Year (1999)
  • NPSL All-Star Team (1999)

References

  1. Gatorade Player of the Year
  2. SIUE All Time Roster
  3. "ROOKIE HUNDELT WAITS IN WINGS FOR STEAMERS" St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Friday, January 15, 1988
  4. "MSL Owners To Face Big Decisions Today ... St. Louisan Hundelt Signs Deal With Storm" St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wednesday, July 24, 1991
  5. "NPSL grows up quickly Former MSL stars give league big boost" Milwaukee Sentinel Thursday, October 29, 1992
  6. The Year in American Soccer – 1999
  7. 7,082 WATCH KNIGHTS WIN HOME DEBUT SACRAMENTO BEE – Friday, June 17, 1994
  8. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1992–1993 Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  9. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL REPORT -- 1993–1994
  10. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1994–1995
  11. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1995–1996
  12. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1996–1997
  13. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1997–1998
  14. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1998–1999
  15. "HUNDELT TELLS AMBUSH THAT HE WON'T RETURN" St. Louis Post-Dispatch Friday, October 1, 1999
  16. "STEAMERS SIGN HUMBOLT TO THREE-YEAR DEAL". St. Louis Post-Dispatch", Thursday, October 7, 1999.
  17. July 30, 2003 Transactions
  18. "CHILE DEFEATS U.S. IN SOCCER" Miami Herald, The (FL) Sunday, April 19, 1987
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