Eric Eichmann (born May 7, 1965, in Margate, Florida) is a retired American soccer player. He played professionally in Germany and the United States and later served as an assistant coach with the Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer. He also earned twenty-nine caps and scored four goals, for the United States men's national soccer team.
|Date of birth||May 7, 1965|
|Place of birth||Margate, Florida, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1987–1988||Werder Bremen II|
|1988–1992||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|1992||Wichita Wings (indoor)||23||(27)|
|1994||Washington Warthogs (indoor)||27||(19)|
|1994–1995||St. Louis Ambush (indoor)||19||(12)|
|1996||Kansas City Wizards||15||(0)|
|2000–2002||Miami Fusion (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Eichmann grew up in Florida where St. Thomas Aquinas High School and played for the Key Biscayne Gunners youth club. Eichmann played college soccer Clemson University of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). His freshman year, he earned All-ACC honors. In 1984, the team won the NCAA national championship. His most successful individual year came as a junior when he set a school record of nineteen assists while helping his team to the ACC championship. As a senior, Eichmann earned First-Team All-American honors. In 1986, he also played for Atlanta Datagraphic, a top level amateur club.
After graduation, he played a single season with German Third Division team Werder Bremen II. The next year he returned to the United States where he played with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the ASL/APSL from 1988 to 1993. His time with the team saw them win the 1989 APSL Championship. In 1992, he began a career as an itinerant indoor soccer player. He began with the Wichita Wings of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) for one season, before moving on to the Washington Warthogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) in 1993–1994 and finally the St. Louis Ambush of the NPSL from 1994 to 1996. In 1995, the Ambush won the league championship. In 1996, the Kansas City Wiz of the Major League Soccer (MLS) took Eichmann as the thirty-sixth pick (fourth round) of the league's inaugural draft. He would play one season and retire as a full-time soccer player.
World Cup and OlympicsEdit
Eichmann earned his first cap on February 5, 1986, against Canada. He went on to play a total of twenty-eight games with the senior team, scoring four goals. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic soccer team at the 1988 Summer Olympics as well as the U.S. team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. His last game with the national team came against Honduras on March 25, 1993.
Eichmann also earned seventeen caps with the U.S. futsal team between 1986 and 1992. During that period, he played on the U.S. team which took third at the 1989 FIFA Futsal World Championship and second at the 1992 championship. He ended his futsal career with seven goals.
After retiring as a player, Eichmann served as an assistant coach of the Miami Fusion of the MLS from 2000 to 2002. He is the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Boca United, a youth academy team in Florida.
- "ST. THOMAS MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW" Miami Herald Tuesday, June 7, 1983
- "Datagraphic still the big name in amateur soccer" The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution Thursday, June 26, 1986
- 1989 APSL Stats
- 1991 APSL Stats
- 1992 APSL Stats
- MLS stats
- USSF futsal stats Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Club bio