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Jim Rooney (born September 9, 1968) is an American former professional soccer player who played as both a midfielder and a striker.[1] He is currently the head coach of National Premier Soccer League team Boca Raton FC.

Jim Rooney
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-09-09) September 9, 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth The Bronx, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Boca Raton FC (Head Coach)
Youth career
1987–1988 Fordham University
1993 C.W. Post
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Long Island Rough Riders 44 (11)
1998–1999 MetroStars 29 (8)
1998Staten Island Vipers (loan) 2 (1)
1999–2001 Miami Fusion 67 (12)
2002 New England Revolution 20 (1)
2004 Long Island Rough Riders 9 (1)
Total 169 (33)
Teams managed
2011 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (assistant)
2012 United States U-17 (assistant)
2017– Boca Raton FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Early lifeEdit

Jim Rooney was born in The Bronx, New York City.[1]

Playing careerEdit


Rooney played college soccer at Fordham University and C.W. Post. At C.W. Post, he played with the Pioneers. He currently holds the school's record for most goals in a single season: 21.[2]


Rooney began his professional career in 1994 with the Long Island Rough Riders. he later played in Major League Soccer for the MetroStars, the Miami Fusion and the New England Revolution, making a total of 116 appearances.[3] Rooney then returned to the Long Island Rough Riders in June 2004.[4][5] In 1998, he scored a goal on loan from the MetroStars to the Staten Island Vipers.[6] [7]

Coaching careerEdit

Rooney was hired as assistant coach for Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League on February 4, 2011.[8] In February 2012, it was announced that Rooney would be joining the staff of Richie Williams and the United States men's national under-17 soccer team.

In January, 2016, Rooney was hired as Assistant Coach for the Jacksonville Armada FC of the North American Soccer League under Head Coach Tony Meola.

In January 2017,Boca Raton FC announced the hiring of Jim Rooney. Rooney will lead Boca Raton FC during the 2018 season.


  1. ^ a b "Jim Rooney profile". Metro Fanatic. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "What Ever Happened To: Jim Rooney". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  3. ^ "All-Time MLS Player Register". Major League Soccer. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "Rough Riders add Rooney, Espinosa". United Soccer Leagues. June 24, 2004. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
  5. ^ Long Island Rough Riders All Time Stats Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Transactions: JULY 29, 1998
  7. ^ A-League 1998 Season
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