Fred Grgurev

Ferdo "Fred" Grgurev (born September 14, 1951 in Zadar, Croatia in what was then Yugoslavia) is a retired Yugoslavian-American soccer forward who played professionally in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. He also earned 14 caps, scoring one goal, for the United States men's national soccer team. He is now the owner of the famed New York City steakhouse, Delmonico's.

Fred Grgurev
Personal information
Full name Ferdo Grgurev
Date of birth (1951-09-14) September 14, 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Zadar, FPR Yugoslavia
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 New York Apollo
1978 New York Cosmos 13 (0)
1978–1979 Philadelphia Fever (indoor) 24 (46)
1979–1980 Rochester Lancers 39 (6)
1979–1980 Philadelphia Fever (indoor) 31 (64)
1980–1981 New York Arrows (indoor) 37 (44)
1981–1982 New Jersey Rockets (indoor) 40 (27)
1982–1984 New York Arrows (indoor) 78 (64)
1983–1984 Memphis Americans (indoor) 20 (14)
1984–1985 Las Vegas Americans (indoor) 47 (48)
1985–1986 Pittsburgh Spirit (indoor) 37 (15)
1987 New York Express (indoor) 13 (9)
National team
1973–1976 United States 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


In 1976 and 1977, Grgurev played for the New York Apollo in the American Soccer League. In 1978, he joined the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. In the fall of 1978, he began his indoor career with the Philadelphia Fever of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He led the league in scoring and was a First Team All Star.[1] He was back in the NASL in 1979, this time with the Rochester Lancers. He went on to play for the Fever again during the 1979–80 indoor season and the Lancers during the 1980 outdoor season. In the fall of 1980, Grgurev joined the New York Arrows, winning the 1981 MISL title with them. He moved to the New Jersey Rockets during the offseason, but on October 2, 1982 rejoined the Arrows on a two-year contract.[2] He began the 1983–84 season in New York before being sold to the Memphis Americans in February 1984.[3] At the end of the season, the Americans moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to become the Las Vegas Americans. Grgurev continued playing for the Americans in their new home during the 1984–85 season. When the Americans folded in the summer of 1985, Grgurev became a free agent and signed with the Pittsburgh Spirit in September 1985. The Spirit folded at the end of the season and Grgurev did not play again until he signed with the New York Express on January 2, 1987.[4] However, the Express also folded soon after and Grgurev retired. Grgurev was the original MISL's ninth all-time point scorer with 544. He was the league's seventh all-time goal scorer with 331. As a member of the Fever, Grgurev was Scoring Champion as well as Pass Master (ie. assists leader) in the league's inaugural season, 1978–79. It would be however his only scoring title as all-time leaguer scoring Slaviša Žungul won six of the next seven seasons'.

National teamEdit

Grgurev earned fourteen caps with the United States men's national soccer team between 1973 and 1976. He scored against Canada in a friendly played in Windsor on May 8, 1973, which the Americans won 2-0.[5]


  • MISL Top Goalscorer 1978-79 (46)
  • MISL Scoring Champion 1978-79 (74)
  • MISL Pass Master (most assists) 1978-79
  • MISL All-Star Team 1978-79


  1. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1979". Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  2. ^ SPORTS PEOPLE; Comings and Goings
  3. ^ SPORTS PEOPLE; Arrows Sell Grgurev
  4. ^ SPORTS PEOPLE; Express Adds Players
  5. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1970-1979 Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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