Steve Ralston

Steve Ralston (born June 14, 1974) is an American retired soccer player and manager. He spent most of his playing career in Major League Soccer with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the New England Revolution, retiring in 2010 as the league's all-time career leader in assists (135), appearances (378), starts (372), and minutes played (33,143). He also held the U.S. record for professional appearances (412) in 2010.[1] He served as assistant manager at several teams, including the Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes, including a brief stint as the interim head coach at the Earthquakes in 2018.

Steve Ralston
Ralston playing for the New England Revolution in 2009
Personal information
Full name Steve Ralston
Date of birth (1974-06-14) June 14, 1974
Place of birth Oakville, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19931995 FIU Golden Panthers (40)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19962001 Tampa Bay Mutiny 177 (34)
20022009 New England Revolution 201 (42)
2010 AC St. Louis 2 (0)
2010 New England Revolution 1 (0)
Total 381 (76)
National team
19972007 United States 36 (4)
Teams managed
2010 AC St. Louis (assistant)
20102014 Houston Dynamo (assistant)
20152018 San Jose Earthquakes (assistant)
2018 San Jose Earthquakes (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Ralston was drafted 18th overall in the 1996 MLS College Draft by the Tampa Bay Mutiny out of Florida International University, and proceeded to become the first MLS player to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Ralston played for the Mutiny for six years, leaving only after the team was contracted in 2002. He was Tampa Bay's all-time leader in games played (177) and points (130). he then joined the New England Revolution. In his first year with the Revolution, Ralston led the league in assists with 19. In thirteen years in the league, he scored 76 goals and had 135 assists in 378 regular season matches, and added three goals and five assists in 30 playoff matches. He also served as captain for several seasons with New England.

Soon after leaving New England, Ralston became the first ever signing of new USSF Division 2 club AC St. Louis.[2] Ralston was one of the team's starting midfielders, and an assistant coach to head coach Claude Anelka.

After AC St. Louis ran in to financial difficulties, Ralston agreed to leave by mutual consent and immediately joined up with his former club New England Revolution.[3]

In Ralston's first appearance back with the New England Revolution, he suffered a left elbow dislocation. In July 2010, he announced his retirement.[4]


Ralston appeared for the United States national team 36 times over an 11-year span and scored 4 international goals. His first cap came on January 17, 1997 against Peru. His last was for the squad that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was never selected to a World Cup roster.

Ralston had a break out year for the United States national team in 2005 by earning 15 caps. He scored the game-winning goal in a World Cup qualifying match against Mexico on September 3, 2005. The victory for the United States clinched qualification in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[5] Despite his national team performances in 2005 he was only listed as an alternate for the United States at the World Cup.

Coaching career

After his signing with AC St. Louis was named as the new assistant coach of the club.[6] In July 2010, Raltson took an assistant coaching job at the Houston Dynamo with his former teammate Dominic Kinnear from the Tampa Bay Mutiny.[7] On January 6, 2015, the San Jose Earthquakes announced Ralston would join Kinnear in San Jose and once again serve as his assistant coach.[8]


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