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Full name  Andy M. Schmetzer
Name  Andy Schmetzer
Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Soccer player

Years  Team
Height  1.78 m
1985  F.C. Seattle
Position  Midfielder
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Date of birth  (1967-04-26) April 26, 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth  Seattle, Washington, United States

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Andy M. Schmetzer (born April 26, 1967 in Seattle) is a former U.S. soccer midfielder and indoor soccer coach.

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Youth

Schmetzer grew up in Seattle, Washington where he attended Nathan Hale High School. He learned to play soccer under the tutelage of his father Walter who coached him with the Lake City Hawks youth team. Walter, a native of Germany, had played in the German Third Division before immigrating to the United States. Schmetzer, and his twin brother Walt led Nathan Hall to the 1985 3A Washington State boys soccer championship. Andy was also a member of the Sporthaus FC youth team which won the Washington State championship.

Professional

After graduating in 1985, both Schmetzers, along with their older brother Brian signed with F.C. Seattle of the Western Soccer Alliance. In 1985, the Cleveland Force of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) selected Schmetzer in the first round of the MISL draft. He played three seasons with the Force before moving to the Tacoma Stars after the Force folded in 1988. However, in 1989, Cleveland received an expansion MISL franchise, the Cleveland Crunch. Schmetzer moved back to Cleveland in 1990. In 1992, MISL folded and the Crunch moved to the National Professional Soccer League. Schmetzer and his team mates went on to win three NPSL titles in 1994, 1996 and 1999. He retired from playing professionally in 2001 having spent five seasons as the Crunch's team captain. In 1997, Schmetzer spent a single season with the Charleston Battery.

National team

In 1992, Schmetzer played with the United States national futsal team that placed second in the FIFA Futsal World Championship held in Hong Kong.

Coach

Following his retirement from playing in 2001, Schmetzer returned as an assistant coach with the Force. In 2002, he became the team's head coach until he retired in 2004. Schmetzer continues to coach at the youth level. In 2000, he co-founded the Cleveland Soccer Academy and spent five years coaching the Girls Premier team. He was also a Super Y-League Boys coach in 2003–2004. He also coaches Crossfire Premier team in Redmond, Washington. He coached his girls team to a National title in 2009. That team also won all their summer tournaments placing 2nd in state falling to the other team in penalty kicks.

References

Andy Schmetzer Wikipedia


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