- Gregg Thompson
Infobox Football biography
playername= Gregg Thompson
fullname = Gregg Thompson
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1961|5|29
currentclub = Retired
position = Forward
youthyears = 1978, 1980-1982
youthclubs = Indiana
years = 1983-1984
Tampa Bay Rowdies Minnesota Strikers
caps(goals) = 47 (0)
nationalyears = 1984-1985
nationalteam = United States
nationalcaps(goals) = 12 (0)
Gregg Thompson (born May 29, 1961) is a retired U.S.
soccerforward who was the 1983 North American Soccer LeagueRookie of the Year. He spent two season in the NASL and four in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He was a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1980 Summer Olympicsand earned twelve caps with the U.S. national team
High school and college
Thompson grew up in
Stillwater, Minnesotawhere he was a star athlete at Stillwater High School. The school did not have a soccer team, so Thompson played football and ran track while playing soccer with local youth clubs. He was an outstanding running back, averaging 8.9 yards per carry over his high school career. He earned All State honors and received football athletic scholarship offers from the University of Colorado, University of Minnesotaand the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also went to the state finals in track his senior year. While he was an excellent football player, he preferred soccer and chose to attend the University of Indiana when that school offered him an athletic scholarship to play soccer. [http://stillwatergazette.com/articles/2006/01/26/sports/sports12.txt] Thompson was the Minnesota High School Athlete of the Year when he graduated from Stillwater in 1978.
Thompson joined the Hoosiers in 1978. He did not play in 1979, but became a regular through the 1980-1982 seasons. In 1982, he captained Indiana as it ran to the NCAA championship game. In that game, Indiana went up against
Duke Universityand its top defenseman Joe Ulrich. Thompson scored the first goal, but Duke replied and the game ended tied at one all. The game was in its eighth overtime when Ulrich fouled Thompson just outside the box. Thompson replied with a swerving free kick which found the net, giving Indiana its first national title. Thompson would come in second in the balloting for the Hermann Trophythat year, losing to Ulrich.
Tampa Bay Rowdiesof the North American Soccer Leagueselected Thompson with the first pick in the 1983 NASL college draft. He was the 1983 NASL Rookie of the Year. Following the 1984 NASL season, the league collapsed.
After the collapse of the NASL, the Rowdies traded Thompson to the
Minnesota Strikersof Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He remained with the Strikers through the 1987-1988 MISL season before retiring.
National and Olympic teams
At the end of the 1983 NASL season, Thompson joined the U.S. Olympic team as it prepared for the
1984 Summer Olympicsin Los Angeles. Thompson played all three games for the U.S. at the Olympics, including scoring the U.S. goal in its 1-1 tie with Egypt. The U.S. finished the first round at 1-1-1 and failed to qualify for the second round. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A07E7D71638F930A3575BC0A962948260]
Even before the Olympic games, Thomspon had earned his first cap with the U.S. national team in a May 20, 1984 scoreless tie with Italy. He would go on to play a total of 12 times for the full national team between 1984 and 1985, including several qualification matches for the
1986 FIFA World Cup. His last national team game came in the May 31, 1985 debacle in Torrance, California when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica. That loss in the last qualification game, cost the U.S. a spot in the finals.
Thompson is a partner in a real estate group and coaches youth soccer.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Gregg Thompson (astronomer) — Gregg D. Thompson of Brisbane, Australia is an amateur astronomer and the executive director of the Dreamtech Designs and Productions company.AstronomyGregg Thompson was one of the founding members of the Southern Astronomical Society (SAS). [… … Wikipedia
Thompson (surname) — Thompson is an English patronymic surname with a variety of spellings meaning son of Tom (or Thomas) . According to the 1990 United States Census, Thompson was the seventeenth most frequently reported surname, accounting for 0.27% of the… … Wikipedia
Gregg Harper — (* 1. Juni 1956 in Jackson, Mississippi) ist ein US amerikanischer Politiker (Republikanische Partei). Er vertritt den Bundesstaat Mississippi seit dem Jahr 2009 im … Deutsch Wikipedia
Gregg Toland — Gregg Toland, A.S.C. (May 29, 1904 September 26, 1948) was a highly influential American cinematographer noted for his innovative use of lighting and techniques such as deep focus, an example of which can be found in his work on Orson Welles… … Wikipedia
Gregg v. Georgia — (1976) A U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court held that the death penalty for murder was not in and of itself a cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The Court also ruled that the character of the defendant was to … Law dictionary
Gregg Wallace — Infobox Person name = Gregg Wallace image size = 200px birth name = Gregg Wallace birth date = 1964 birth place = Peckham, London, England residence = London, England nationality = British ethnicity = English known for = Presenting Masterchef… … Wikipedia
Gregg Feinerman — Dr. Gregg Feinerman is a LASIK surgeon with a practice in Newport Beach, California. He is an expert in the field of intraocular lens implants, used to correct cataracts and in refractive lensectomy.  Contents 1 Education 2 Career … Wikipedia
Judd A. Gregg — Judd Gregg Judd Alan Gregg (* 14. Februar 1947 in Nashua, New Hampshire) ist seit 1993 US Senator für den Bundesstaat New Hampshire. Der Republikaner war von 1988 bis 1993 Gouverneur von New Hampshire und saß bereits von 1981 bis 1989 im … Deutsch Wikipedia
Judd Alan Gregg — Judd Gregg Judd Alan Gregg (* 14. Februar 1947 in Nashua, New Hampshire) ist seit 1993 US Senator für den Bundesstaat New Hampshire. Der Republikaner war von 1988 bis 1993 Gouverneur von New Hampshire und saß bereits von 1981 bis 1989 im … Deutsch Wikipedia
Judd Gregg — Judd Alan Gregg (* 14. Februar 1947 in Nashua, New Hampshire) war von 1993 bis 2011 US Senator für den Bundesstaat New Hampshire. Der Republikaner war von 1989 bis 1993 Gouverneur von New Hampshire und saß bereits von 1981 bis 1989 im US… … Deutsch Wikipedia