John Harkes Biography
John Harkes is a retired American soccer player who is currently serving as head coach for Greenville Triumph SC. A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Harkes was the first American ever to play in the English Premier League, the second American to score at Wembley Stadium, and the first American soccer player to appear in the final of a major English tournament, in 1991.
After moving to Major League Soccer in 1996, he won two MLS Cup titles with D.C. United. A mainstay in the U.S. national team midfield for most of the 1990s, Harkes appeared in two FIFA World Cup tournaments. He was named the team’s “Captain for Life” by then-head coach Steve Sampson before having that title stripped from ahead of the 1998 World Cup. Harkes ended his national team career with 90 caps and 6 goals.
John Harkes Age
Harkes was born on March 8, 1967, in Kearny, New Jersey, United States. He is 52 years old as of 2019.
John Harkes Net worth
John has an estimated net worth of $100K-1K approximately in 2019. His previous year’s net worth and annual salary are under review. His primary income source is a soccer player.
John Harkes Goal
In 1989, 13th of August, he scored 1-2 against South Korea in Los Angeles, California (friendly match).
In 1990, 24th February, he scored 1-0 against Soviet Union in Palo Alto (friendly match).
In 1992, 30th May, he scored 3-1 against Republic of Ireland in Washington D.C.
In 1992, 6th of May he scored 1-1 against Itali in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1995, 11th June he scored 1-1 against Nigeria in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1995, 18th June he scored 3-0 against Mexico in Washington D.C.
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John Harkes Wife
It’s only known that he is the father of Lauren Harkes, who played collegiately at Clemson University, and Ian Harkes, who won the Hermann Trophy in 2016, played for John’s old team, D.C. United, and currently plays for Dundee United.
John And Ian Harkes
Ian Andrew Harkes is the son of John Harkes and is an American soccer player who currently plays for Scottish club Dundee United. He previously played for D.C. United in Major League Soccer. Harkes is a recipient of the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the best college soccer player in the United States. He is also the son of John Harkes, who captained the U.S. national soccer team during the 1990s.
Harkes played high school soccer at Gonzaga College High School and for the youth academy of D.C. United. While in D.C. United’s academy, Harkes served as the club captain for the U-18 and U-16 academy teams. During his junior and senior years at Gonzaga College High School, Harkes served as the varsity captain. He earned the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player in both 2011 and 2012.
Ahead of the 2013 NCAA Division I men’s soccer season, Harkes signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Wake Forest University. On August 30, 2013, he made his Wake Forest debut starting and playing 74 minutes in a 1–0 loss against Coastal Carolina. Harkes earned his first collegiate points a week later, dishing out two assists against Boston College on September 7, 2013. Harkes ended the 2013 campaign with 21 starts, a goal, and seven assists. He was the only player on Wake Forest in 2013 to start and play in every match. Harkes was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team at the end of the season.
John Harkes Education
Harkes grew up in the soccer hotbed of Kearny, New Jersey, and played youth and high school soccer with future national team teammates Tony Meola and Tab Ramos. Harkes graduated from Kearny High School in 1985. During his high school career, Harkes played in four New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association championship matches and led his team to the 1984 Group 4 State Championship and a 24–0 record. He was the 1984 Parade High School Player of the Year.
From 1985 to 1987, Harkes played soccer at the University of Virginia under his future D.C. United head coach Bruce Arena. He was named the MAC Player of the Year winner by the Missouri Athletic Club in 1987. He decided to forgo his senior year in order to play full-time for the national team in 1988. That was the year the team played in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and began the qualification process for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
John Harkes 1998
Despite the disappointment of being left off the 1998 World Cup squad, Harkes helped United capture the Supporters Shield for the best regular season record in the league, before losing in the MLS Cup Final to the Chicago Fire. He also helped United become the first MLS club to win the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup and upset Brazil’s Vasco Da Gama in the Interamerican Cup. At the end of the 1998 season, he traveled back to England for a two-week trial with Nottingham Forest.
John Harkes Andres Escobar
Andres Escobar was a center back for Atletico Nacional and Colombia. A player with 51 caps for his country and 222 appearances for his club, he was an accomplished defender who had been offered a contract with AC Milan prior to the World Cup in 1994. However, he lost his life after the 1994 World Cup, shot dead in Colombia. Escobar made his breakthrough at club level in 1986 at 19 years of age playing three times that season. Having broken into the first team he was a regular in the next two seasons.
Escobar moved to Young Boys in Switzerland. It proved a short stint as he came back to Nacional soon after, winning the Primera A in 1991. A regular for the team, Escobar had become a star player in Colombian football and with the 1994 World Cup only months away. AC Milan then offered Escobar a contract which he was due to accept, the Colombian excited for his new adventure in Italy after the World Cup.