- Ralph Black (soccer)
Infobox Football biography
playername= Ralph Black
fullname = Ralph Black
nickname = Heart and Soul
position = Defender
years = -1982
Denver Avalanche"(indoor)" Baltimore Blast"(indoor)" Tacoma Stars"(indoor)"
San Jose Earthquakes
San Diego Sockers"(indoor)" Tacoma Stars"(indoor)"
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Buffalo Blizzard"(indoor)" Anaheim Splash"(indoor)" Seattle SeaDogs"(indoor)" Portland Pride"(indoor)" Portland Pythons"(indoor)"
manageryears = 1997-1998
Ralph Black is a former U.S.
soccerdefender who spent most of his career in indoor soccer.
Black began his career with the
Denver Avalancheof Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). The Avalanche folded at the end of 1981-1982 season. He then moved to the Baltimore Blast. However, in 1984, MISL granted a franchise in Washington State, known as the Tacoma Stars. Black established himself as a mainstay in the Stars defense. He spent at least the 1989-1990 season with the San Diego Sockers. [http://www.kicksfan.com/calendar/february/28.htm] However, he was back in Tacoma for the 1991-1992 season. [http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/allender/misl9192.htm] The Stars and MISL folded in 1992. He finished his career in the MISL ranked sixth on the all time games played list with 442 games. [http://www.oursportscentral.com/misl/leaders.html]
After the MISL folded, Black moved to the
Buffalo Blizzardof the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) for two seasons, 1992-1994.
However, in 1993 Black moved back west to sign with the expansion
Anaheim Splashof the newly established Continental Indoor Soccer League(CISL). In 1994, he was the CISL Defender of the Year as well as a member of the All-CISL First Team. In 1995, he moved back to Pacific Northwestto play for the Seattle SeaDogs. He was named to the 1995 CISL All Star game, but was unable to play due to an injury. However, in 1996, he moved to the Portland Pride. He played that and the 1997 season with the Pride.
At the end of the 1997 season, the CISL folded and the Pride, under new ownership, changed its name to the
Portland Pythons. The Pythons then helped found the Premier Soccer Alliance(PSA). The PSA played one season, 1998, before changin its name to the World Indoor Soccer League(WISL). Black remained with the team through all these changes, becoming the Pythons’ head coach for 1998 and 1999. At the end of the 1999 season, the Pythons folded when a rumoured move to Tacoma, Washingtonfell through.
Black was on the roster of the San Jose Earthquakes of the
Western Soccer Leagueduring the 1988 season. [http://a-leaguearchive.tripod.com/1988/statswsa88.htm] In 1992, between the folding of the Tacoma Stars and his arrival in Buffalo to play for the Blizzard, Black spent a season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the American Professional Soccer League(APSL). [http://a-leaguearchive.tripod.com/1992/stats92.htm]
After retiring as a player, Black went on to be head coach of the Portland Pythons. He has been a boys' youth soccer coach in recent years and currently coaches boys' youth teams with Washington Premier Football Club in
Tacoma, Washington. [http://www.washingtonpremierfc.com/coaches.htm]
* [http://hometeamsonline.com/soccerteam/CoachProfile.asp?username=MIKEC&coachID=1918 Washington Premier F.C. profile]
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