Ian Feuer

Ian Feuer
Personal information
Full nameIan Anthony Feuer[1]
Date of birth(1971-05-20) May 20, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birthLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[2]
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Youth career
Las Vegas Generals
1988–1989Club Brugge
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1989–1993Club Brugge0(0)
1992–1993Molenbeek (loan)19(0)
1993Los Angeles Salsa17(0)
1994–1996West Ham United0(0)
1995Peterborough United (loan)16(0)
1995Luton Town (loan)14(0)
1995–1998Luton Town83(0)
1998New England Revolution26(0)
1999Rushden & Diamonds (loan)3(0)
1999Colorado Rapids19(0)
2000Cardiff City0(0)
2000West Ham United3(0)
2000–2002Wimbledon5(0)
2001Derby County (loan)2(0)
2002Tranmere Rovers2(0)
2002Wolverhampton Wanderers0(0)
Total209(0)
National team
1992United States1(0)
Teams managed
2007–Los Angeles Galaxy (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2006
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 November 2006

Ian Anthony Feuer (born May 20, 1971) is an American former professional soccer player who played as a goalkeeper. Born in Las Vegas, he played youth soccer in his home state and California before moving to Belgium at the age of sixteen, joining the youth team at Club Brugge. He signed a professional contract with Brugge but never made a first-team appearance, spending part of the 1992–93 season on loan with Molenbeek where he made his senior debut and his performances saw him win his first and only cap for the United States in a friendly against Morocco.

He returned to the U.S. in 1993 to join American Professional Soccer League side Los Angeles Salsa where he was named rookie goalkeeper of the season. In 1994, he joined English Premier League side West Ham United where he spent two years as a reserve goalkeeper, spending time on loan at Peterborough United and Luton Town. Luton later made the transfer permanent, paying £580,000 to complete the deal, and he played in 90 consecutive league matches for the club before his run was ended by a shoulder injury.

Unable to regain his place in the first-team, he instead joined Major League Soccer side New England Revolution to replace the retiring Walter Zenga. After one season, Zenga returned to play for the team resulting in Feuer being traded to fellow MLS side Colorado Rapids, following a brief loan spell with English non-league club Rushden & Diamonds. He replaced first choice Marcus Hahnemann who was sold midway through the 2000 season before returning to England with Wimbledon. However, he made just four league appearances during two years at the club and retired in 2002 after brief spells with Tranmere Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He later worked as a goalkeeping coach in the U.S., including a six year spell at LA Galaxy.

Early life

Feuer, one of six children of show business parents,[3] was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father Ron was born in New York and raised in The Bronx, leaving home at the age of sixteen. He became a musician and toured with singers Diana Ross and Paul Anka and appeared in Elvis Presley's last shows in Las Vegas. His mother Rusty was a showgirl in the city and had appeared in opening acts for Rat Pack singers Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. before becoming an agent.[4][5] While growing up, he developed a love for soccer after beginning to play at age 8 when he joined local youth club Los Gatos following an invite from his friend Anthony, nephew of Las Vegas gangster Anthony Spilotro,[4] as the club were short of players.[6]

He joined another local youth team, the Generals,[6] and by the age of eleven, Feuer had grown significantly taller than most of his team but had been described by his youth coach Larry Griffiths as "the clumsiest, and he wasn't going to make the team".[4] However, Griffiths son Aaron was a friend of Feuer and refused to play unless his friend was included in the team. Griffiths made the decision to convert Feuer into a goalkeeper and trained with him every Saturday to improve his game, building a soccer equivalent of a pitching machine to shoot balls at the young goalkeeper at times for up to eight hours a day.[4][6] He would face hundreds of shots every hour from the machine and Griffiths praised his determination and noted the improvement in his game, stating "He went from being the worst player on the team to one of the best in the state at 15 years old."[4]

During his time with the Generals, Feuer was banned from playing soccer in the U.S. after an altercation with a linesman during a match. Having conceded a goal that he believed was offside, he remonstrated with the linesman over the decision and made physical contact and was subsequently sent off. Although Feuer states that he placed his hand on the shoulder of the official in order to get his attention, he was charged with physically assaulting the linesman and received a one-year playing ban.[6]

When Feuer and his family moved to Canoga Park in Southern California, he briefly gave up his goal of playing professional soccer with the sport less popular in the state although he did play for the team at Canoga Park High School in his sophomore year in 1986. He later attended training sessions at a local semi-professional club Autobahn who were coached by Rildo da Costa Menezes but was told he was too young to play for the senior team.[5] He developed an interest in skateboarding and surfing, but later attended a soccer clinic run by Harald Schumacher, a childhood hero of his,[6] in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he was awarded the best goalkeeper out of hundreds of players.[4] Schumacher recommended that Feuer move to Europe to develop his skills and he immediately took his advice,[7] calling home to tell his parents of his intention to move to Belgium, where his family had visited years before.[4]

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