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Dan Popik

Personal information
Date of birth23 March 1979(age 37)
Place of birthSyosset, New York, United States
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Dan Popik (born March 23, 1979 in Syosset, New York) is a retired American soccer goalkeeper who is currently an assistant coach with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division., who last played goalkeeper for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

A highly touted prospect who spent time with the Under-20 United States national team, Popik played college soccer at St. John's University, but left after two seasons. He did not get into MLS right away; instead, he signed with the A-League's Milwaukee Rampage in 2000. Popik would play three years for the club, leading them to the league championship in 2002.

Popik signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy prior to the 2003 MLS season as backup to Kevin Hartman. In two seasons, he only appeared in two league games, neither of them starts. The Galaxy released Popik after the 2004 season. He was the lone player who ended the 2004 season on an MLS roster to attempt to become a replacement player for the U.S. national team during the labor dispute in early 2005.

He is currently the assistant coach/goalkeeper coach at North Carolina State University. In 2006, he joined the Columbus Crew as an injury replacement and played one game. He remained at NC State until 2009 when he became the goalkeeper coach with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division

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