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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Know Your Yanks: Josh Wolff

The long wait is over, the U.S. Men take the field tomorrow, versus the Czech Republic. Here, at the end of the "Know Your Yanks" series, is striker Josh Wolff.

Josh Wolff is an MLS veteran, and one of the premier strikers in the league. Coming into the league in 1998, he led all rookies in goals (8) and helped the Chicago Fire capture the MLS Cup championship. He made his U.S. debut in 1999, and has been a regular member of the team since. In 2003, after four productive seasons with the Fire, he was traded to the Kansas City Wizards, with whom he has starred ever since.
Wolff was a member of the historic U.S. team that reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002, and will feature in the squad once again this year. He is a very fast forward, with good ball control and passing skills, but he has struggled to find the net for the U.S. in recent matches. He has been a situational starter for the squad, and will probably find himself a role player once again in Germany.

Career Highlights:

1998: Makes pro debut with the Chicago Fire (USA, Major League Soccer). Wins MLS Cup title with Chicago. Wins U.S. Open Cup with Chicago.

1999: Makes U.S. Men's National Team debut.

2000: Wins U.S. Open Cup with Chicago.

2002: Wins Gold Cup with USA. Advances to World Cup quarterfinals with USA, before elimination against Germany.

2003: Joins the Kansas City Wizards (USA, Major League Soccer) via trade with Chicago.

2005: Wins Gold Cup with USA.


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