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John Harkes Biography

Plays College Soccer, Joins English League, Played In The Mls, Chronology, Booted From U.s. TeamSELECTED WRITINGS BY HARKES:


American soccer player

American soccer player John Harkes was one of the first to play professional soccer in Europe, primarily in the English League. He was also a member of the U.S. national team for many years, and when professional soccer came to the United States in 1996, he played in Major League Soccer (MLS). Harkes was a midfielder, but played other positions when needed.

Harkes was born on March 8, 1967, in Kearny, New Jersey, the son of two Scottish immigrants. His father, James Harkes, had been a soccer player himself with the Dundee Juniors in Scotland. Harkes was an enthusiastic soccer player from his youth. In the 1970s, he was a ball boy for the New York Cosmos of the professional North American Soccer League, and aspired to play for them someday.


(With Denise Kiernan) Captain For Life and Other Temporary Assignments, 1999.

Sketch by A. Petruso

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