Sasha Gotsmanov

Sasha Gotsmanov (born September 19, 1982 in Minsk, Belarus) is an American-Belarusian soccer player, who spent one season in the MLS and two in the USL First Division.

Sasha Gotsmanov
Personal information
Full name Alexander "Sasha" Gotsmanov
Date of birth (1982-09-19) September 19, 1982
Place of birth Minsk, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2001–2004 Rhode Island
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Colorado Rapids 1 (0)
2006Minnesota Thunder (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Minnesota Thunder 25 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 February 2008

Sasha was born into a soccer family. His father, Sergey Gotsmanov was a member of the Soviet Union national team that were runners-up for the 1988 European Football Championship. His mother, Olga, was the Belarusian national gymnastics coach. When Sasha was 15 his family moved from Belarus to Minnesota, so that Sergei could play for the Minnesota Thunder. Meanwhile, Sasha became a star player at the high school level.

In 2001, he enrolled under scholarship at the University of Rhode Island where he would play soccer for the next four years. During his time with Rhode Island he played in 82 games, scored 35 goals and assisted on 19. He was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2004.[1]

On 8 April 2005 he signed with the Colorado Rapids as a developmental player. In 2005, he played most of the year with the Rapids Reserve team and was named the Reserves Most Valuable Player. He earned his lone MLS appearance on October 12 against Real Salt Lake.[2] In the beginning of June 2006 he was loaned to the Minnesota Thunder but returned to the Rapids in July. At the end of the season, Gotsmanov was waived by the team. For the 2007 season, he signed up with the Thunder again, this time on a permanent deal.

He has a younger brother, Andrei, who actually (August 2010) plays for the NSC Minnesota Stars.


  1. "Sasha Gotsmanov Named Atlantic 10 Player Of The Year". CBS College Sports. 2004-11-10. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  2. McAllister, Scott (2005-10-13). "Rocky Mountain Cup goes to Rapids". MLS. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
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