| New York United|
| Michael Christopher Collins|
(1961-11-17) November 17, 1961 (age 54)
Hicksville, New York, United States
Michael Collins (soccer) Wikipedia
Michael Collins (born in Hicksville, New York) is a former U.S. soccer midfielder. Collins played for at least twelve teams in nearly half a dozen leagues over his seventeen-year professional career. He also earned two caps with the U.S. national team in 1988.
Collins grew up in Hicksville, New York where he played on the Hicksville Americans youth club. In 1979, the Americans went to the McGuire Cup final where it lost to Imo’s Pizza of St. Louis, Missouri. Collins also played soccer at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, New York. Following his graduation of St. John’s in 1979, he spent the fall semester playing college soccer at Mercy College before turning professional.
In January, 1980, Collins signed with the New York United of the American Soccer League. He spent two seasons with the team, seeing very little playing time, before the team folded at the end of the 1981 season. Collins moved to the New York Arrows of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He made his playing debut on December 3, 1981 and remained with the Arrows until they folded following the 1983-1984 season. In 1984, he signed with the New York Nationals of the United Soccer League. The Nationals folded at the end of the season. That winter, he returned to MISL, this time with the Baltimore Blast. The Blast went to the championship series before losing to the San Diego Sockers. Collins left the Blast and signed with the expansion New York Express on August 27, 1986. The Express went 3-23 before folding during the season. On March 4, 1987, the Los Angeles Lazers purchased Collins’ contract from the Express. The Lazers folded in 1989. He played at least the 1991-1992 MISL season with the San Diego Sockers. On January 9, 1993, the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League signed Collins for the remainder of the 1992-1993 season. He then moved to the Milwaukee Rampage for the 1994 USISL. That winter, Collins signed with the Buffalo Blizzard (NPSL) for the 1994-1995 season. At the end of the season, he moved to the Seattle SeaDogs for the 1995 Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) season. In 1996, he played with the Sacramento Knights of the CISL. That winter, he was back with the Buffalo Blizzard, then played with the Detroit Safari for the 1997 CISL season.
Collins earned two caps with the U.S. national team in 1988. His first game cap was a 3-0 loss to Chile on June 5, 1988. He came off for Chris Sullivan. His second game was a 1-0 loss to Ecuador on June 7, 1988.