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Robbie Zipp

Personal information
Full nameRobert Zipp
Date of birthSeptember 7, 1963(age 53)
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionMidfielder / Defender

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Robert “Robbie, Robby, Rob or Bob” Zipp is a retired U.S. soccer player who currently serves as a youth soccer referee and is a vice-president of Costco Wholesale.

Zipp attended O'Dea High School in Seattle, Washington where he was a four year varsity letterman on the boy’s soccer team. He was also a two year letterman on the football team. Additionally, Parade Magazine selected Zipp as a high school All American soccer player in 1980 and 1981. After graduating from high school, he was drafted in the first round of the North American Soccer League (NASL) draft. However, records don’t show which team drafted him. However, according to O’Dea High School, Zipp was a member of the NASL club, Washington Diplomats which played only one season, 1981. Records then show Zipp playing the 1981-1982 NASL indoor season with the Seattle Sounders; however, he never appeared in an outdoor game with the Sounders. The Sounders folded at the end of the 1983 NASL season and in n 1984, Zipp joined F.C. Seattle for the F.C. Seattle Challenge '84. This four team round robin series pitted F.C. Seattle, an independent local Seattle “super club” against the New York Cosmos, Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota Strikers. F.C. Seattle was largely stocked with ex-NASL players put out of work by the disintegration of the NASL.

In 1985, F.C. Seattle joined with several other independent west coast clubs to form the Western Soccer Alliance (WSA). Zipp continued with the team this season, becoming the team captain after former captain Jeff Durgan was released following numerous flagrant fouls in the team’s game with the Canadian national soccer team.

In 1986, Zipp moved to the San Jose Earthquakes which was a member of the WSA. He remained with the Earthquakes through the 1988 WSA season, after which the Earthquakes folded.

Since retiring from playing professionally, Zipp has remained active as a youth soccer referee. He is currently an AYSA referee coordinator. He is also a vice-president for Costco Wholesale. In 2004, O’Dea High School inducted Zipp into the school’s Athletic Wall of Honor.

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