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Jeff Agoos

(1968 - )

Jeff Agoos is a Jewish Swiss-American retired professional soccer player and one of the all-time appearance leaders for the U.S. national team.

Agoos (born May 2, 1968) turned professional following a stellar collegiate soccer career at the University of Virginia, where he was a four-time All-American and twice finished second in the balloting for the Hermann Trophy. He played with SV Wehen in Germany and the Dallas Sidekicks of the CISL (Continental Indoor Soccer League) before joining (Washington) D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Prior to the 2001 season, Jeff was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes. With Agoos's leadership, the Earthquakes finished second in the Western Division and defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final to capture the MLS Cup. That season, Agoos was the leading vote getter for the MLS All-Star Game and was also named Defender of the Year.

Agoos was also an important player on the U.S. National team. Jeff started with the program in 1985, and appeared with the U.S. under-15, under-17, under-20, world university, and indoor national teams. He made his international debut with the U.S. national team in January 1988 versus Guatemala. Jeff was a member of the 1998 World Cup team, as well as of the bronze medal squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Jeff was a member of the U.S. national team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he played every minute of every game, and he was also a member of the 2002 World Cup team.

As of 2012, Agoos was working as the radio color analyst for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Sources: Jews in Sports