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Mike Clark (soccer)

Personal information
Full nameMichael Clark
Date of birthDecember 16, 1972(age 43)
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana, United States
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Mike Clark (born December 16, 1972 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a retired American soccer defender who spent eight seasons with the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

Clark grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Country Day High School and was a Parade Magazine High School All American soccer player. He then attended Indiana University where he was a mainstay on the Hoosiers soccer team from 1991 to 1994. He started 91 games during his four seasons and was selected as a 1994 third team All American.

In 1995, he signed with the Richmond Kickers of the USISL. That season, the Kickers won both the USISL and Open Cup championships. In February 1996, the Columbus Crew selected Clark in the fourth round (thirty-first overall) in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. He is the most capped player for the Crew and was also voted to two MLS All-Star Games. Clark retired on March 16, 2004, holding the Crew record for games played, minutes played and games started. He also played 22 playoff and 18 U.S. Open Cup games.

Before his retirement, he had entered the business world, owning two Great Clips franchises and working at a mortgage company.




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