Wolde Harris

Wolde Selassie Harris (born 26 January 1974 in Kingston) is a Jamaican football striker who played professionally in Major League Soccer and was the 1996 A-League MVP & Rookie of the Year. He earned twenty-eight caps with the Jamaican national team.

Wolde Harris
Personal information
Full name Wolde Selassie Amefika Jaha Harris
Date of birth (1974-01-26) 26 January 1974
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Clemson Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Colorado Foxes 27 (17)
1997–1999 Colorado Rapids 83 (26)
2000–2003 New England Revolution 91 (24)
2003 Kansas City Wizards 10 (0)
2004 Charleston Battery 8 (2)
2004 Bodens BK 17 (4)
2005 Colorado Rapids 10 (1)
2006–2009 FAS
2009–2012 Winnipeg Alliance
National team
1997–2002 Jamaica 28 (7)
Teams managed
2010 Kingston College (assistant)
2011 Clemson Tigers (student assistant)
2015– Colorado Springs Switchbacks (assistant)
2019 Colorado Springs Switchbacks (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Harris played college soccer for his freshman year at the University of Connecticut and then transferred to Clemson University, leaving as the college's all-time leading scorer with 76 goals in three years. He joined MLS for the first time in 1997, after spending 1996 with the Colorado Foxes, leading the A-League in goals with 17. Harris played three seasons with the Colorado Rapids, scoring 13 goals in 1998.[1] In 2000, he was traded to the New England Revolution for draft picks. Wolde's best season with the Revs was his first, when he scored 15 goals. Harris would spend three and a half season in New England, before a trade to the Kansas City Wizards midway through 2003.[2] He spent 2004 with Swedish club Bodens BK before coming back to MLS and Colorado in 2005. In eight years in MLS league play, Harris scored 51 goals and added 31 assists. He signed for Salvadoran outfit Club Deportivo FAS in August 2006 and retired at the end of the season.[3]

International career

Harris has also played for the Jamaican national team, earning over 25 caps and scoring 7 goals. He participated in world cup qualifiers, tournaments, and numerous friendlies. He played his last international game against Guadeloupe in 2002 in the Caribbean Cup where the Reggae Boyz were crowned Champions.

Coaching career

Wolde Harris has been involved in youth football in the United States and Jamaica. In December 2009, he launch a company called Jamaica Grassroots football company with his father and brothers. Harris and along with his father and two brothers also coached at traditional Jamaican football powerhouse, Kingston College. Harris joined the staff of Clemson University in 2011 as a student assistant coach and continued to help the Tigers through 2012. He is currently the assistant coach of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC which plays in the USL Championship.

Personal life

Wolde Harris is the son of Kingston College, Michigan State University and Jamaica soccer legend, Trevor "Jumpy" Harris.

References

  1. "COLORADO RAPIDS SIGN A-LEAGUE'S HOTTEST "DISCOVERY" WOLDE HARRIS". Intermark. 13 February 1997. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  2. Dell'Apa, Frank (4 July 2004). "Harris still searching for a home". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  3. Player profile - CD FAS

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