Agoos Being Honored in Opening Ceremonies of March 27th Game
Agoos will be honored prior to the start of the Ironmen's March 27th Game (Photo by Joel Richardson)
Newark, N.J. (Tuesday, February 24, 2009) – The New Jersey Ironmen proudly announce today that five-time MLS Cup Champion Jeff Agoos will serve as the team honorary captain for their hosting of the Detroit Ignition on Friday, March 27th. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, the former U.S. National Team defender will put the honorary first kick into motion during the opening ceremonies.
“Jeff is someone that has represented soccer at the highest level in this country, and he is a proven winner,” Ironmen Head Coach Omid Namazi commented. “He’s now continuing on that path at the management level with Red Bull, and we are honored to have him.”
Agoos is a native of Geneva, Switzerland, and grew up in Texas. He was a two-time Parade Magazine All-American and Dallas All-Sports Athlete of the Year while playing at J.J. Pearce High School, and he led the Mustangs to a state championship in 1983. He then continued his playing career at the University of Virginia, twice earning All-America accolades. With former Ironmen goalkeeper Tony Meola in net, Agoos and the Cavaliers won an NCAA co-national championship in 1989.
After receiving his degree from Virginia, Agoos began his professional career with the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League in 1991 and took his game indoors later that year to play for the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He then headed overseas in 1994 to play for SV Wehen in Germany before returning to the United States in 1995 to serve as an assistant coach to Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia.
1996 marked the birth of Major League Soccer, and Agoos was allocated to DC United. DC United established themselves as the first dominant team of the newly-created league, advancing to the MLS Cup in each of their first four seasons of existence and winning three league crowns. Agoos then headed to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2001 and won two more MLS Cups in his first three seasons on the West Coast. Following the 2004 season, he signed with Red Bull New York (formerly known as the MetroStars). He was a very decorated player on the field, selected as the 2001 MLS Defender of the Year and being named to the MLS Best XI on four separate occasions (1997, 1999, 2001, 2005). When the ten-year anniversary of the league came in 1995, he was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI after recording 11 goals and 25 assists in his illustrious 244-game career.
Not to be overshadowed by his outstanding career in MLS, Agoos capped 134 times in 15 years of service to the U.S. National Team and played in a pair of FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002). He also played for the U.S. National Futsal Team in 1992, helping the Americans to a silver medal at the games in Hong Kong.
Agoos currently serves as the Sporting Director for Red Bull New York, and he was elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame earlier this year with his induction planned for August.
The Ironmen will take to the road over the next few weeks before returning to Prudential Center on Sunday, March 22, for a 1:00 p.m. match against the Milwaukee Wave. Tickets for the remaining four home contests start at only $10 and can be purchased today by calling 1-800-IRONMEN.