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Christopher Sullivan (born April 18, 1965 in San Jose, California) is a retired U.S. soccer midfielder/forward and current soccer trainer and sports broadcaster.

Christopher Sullivan
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-04-18) April 18, 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth San Jose, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1983–1987 University of Tampa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 US Joué-lès-Tours
1988–1989 Le Touquet AC
1989 Orlando Lions
1989–1990 Győri ETO FC 11 (1)
1990 Landskrona BoIS 6 (2)
1992 Brøndby IF 0 (0)
1992–1993 Hertha BSC 6 (0)
1994–1995 Yucatan
1995 San Francisco Bay Diablos
1996–1997 Győri ETO FC 5 (1)
1997 San Jose Clash 24 (2)
National team
1987–1992 United States 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Youth and collegeEdit

Sullivan began playing soccer at a young age. When he was four he began playing with West Valley S.C. He attended and played soccer at NCAA Division II powerhouse University of Tampa. He was inducted into the University of Tampa Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2010.[1] While playing for the University of Tampa, he earned a second team Division II All American in 1986 and a first team All American in 1987.[2]

Professional careerEdit

His professional career spanned two continents and seven countries. He began his career in France with lower division clubs US Joué-lès-Tours and Le Touquet. In 1989, he was back in the U.S. with the Orlando Lions of the American Soccer League.[3] He then returned to Europe, signing with Hungary club Raba ETO before moving to Swedish club Landskrona BoIS, Danish club Brøndby IF and German club Hertha BSC. He also spent time with Mexican lower division club Yucatan. In 1995, he played for the San Francisco Bay Diablos in the USISL. During this time, he twice left active playing for family reasons. On February 1, 1997, Major League Soccer allocated Sullivan to the San Jose Clash. He played the 1997 season with the Clash. On November 6, 1997, MLS held an Expansion Draft. The Clash did not protect Sullivan, but neither Chicago nor Miami selected him. Despite this, the Clash traded Sullivan to the Miami Fusion for the third round draft pick in two weeks later.[4] He elected to retire rather than join the Fusion. However, he continued to play in the San Francisco Soccer Football League, including club El Farolito in 2003.[5]

National teamEdit

He made his US Men's National Team[6][circular reference] debut while still in college. In 1987, he came on for Brian Bliss in a Presidents Cup game against Egypt in South Korea. He was a member of the 1990 FIFA World Cup U.S. team. In 1992, he played his last game for the U.S. national team in a 1-0 loss to Brazil.

Post-playing careerEdit

Since retiring from playing, Sullivan has been a professional soccer trainer for Elite but is probably more recognized for his soccer analyst work on television. He started as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Bay Area covering the San Jose Earthquakes. He gained national exposure as a soccer analyst on Fox Soccer Channel's now defunct MLS Wrap. Sullivan's technical and tactical insight into the game, his encyclopedia-like recall of soccer history and his passionate delivery soon earned him a more permanent and prominent spot in the Fox Soccer Channel lineup.

He has served as the color commentator or analyst on countless Major League Soccer games as well as on the pre and post game shows for Fox Soccer Channel's Soccer Night in America featuring the Major League Soccer game of the week. Sullivan has worked virtually every level of game broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel in recent history including the FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, United States Men's National Team games as well as Fox Soccer Channel's 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup previews. In 2014 Sullivan was an analyst for Yahoo Sports in Rio for the World Cup in Brazil.

He has become a lead analyst for PAC 12 men's and women's soccer and is currently with BeIn Sports as an analyst and commentator for Russia 2018. From 2017 to present, he is working as a coach for a bay area youth soccer team.


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