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Charlie Mitchell (footballer)

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Place of birth  Paisley, Scotland
1977  Team Hawaii
Years  Team
Name  Charlie Mitchell

1970-1975  Rochester Lancers
Role  Soccer player
1976  New York Cosmos
Playing position  Defender
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Date of birth  (1948-05-18) 18 May 1948 (age 67)

Charlie Mitchell is a Scottish American former soccer defender and coach. He played ten seasons in the North American Soccer League from 1970 to 1979.

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Club career

Mitchell played for St Mirren F.C. in his native Scotland.

He joined the Rochester Lancers of the NASL in 1970. The Lancers won the NASL championship in 1970, and Mitchell was named an NASL all-star. He was an NASL second-team all-star in 1971 and 1975, and an honorable mention all-star in 1972 and 1974.

In 1976 Mitchell moved to the New York Cosmos, where he had an assist on a spectacular bicycle kick goal scored by his teammate Pelé in a game against the Miami Toros.

In 1977 Mitchell played for Team Hawaii, where he became player-manager in mid-season. Team Hawaii moved to Tulsa in 1978 and became the Tulsa Roughnecks; Mitchell was the only player Tulsa retained from the Hawaii roster.

Mitchell played the 1979 season for the Toronto Blizzard, and finished his NASL playing career with a total of 206 NASL regular-season games and nine NASL playoff games.

Coaching career

After ending his playing career, Mitchell returned to Tulsa as manager of the Roughnecks. The 1980 team finished with a 15-17 record and lost to the Cosmos in the first round of the playoffs. His 1981 team started with an 11-10 record, but in July 1981, Mitchell was replaced by his assistant Terry Hennessey. Sports Illustrated reported that this was due to team management's dissatisfaction with the Roughnecks' low-scoring offense.

Later career

Mitchell remained a popular figure in Tulsa, as a participant in local youth soccer programs, and as a sports bar-restaurant operator. He coached the men's and women's soccer teams at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for nine years until his resignation in June 2005.

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Charlie Mitchell (footballer) Wikipedia


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