Leo Cullen (soccer)
Leo Cullen (born February 28, 1976 in Burnsville, Minnesota) is a retired American soccer defender who spent seven seasons in Major League Soccer and earned three caps with the United States men's national soccer team.
|Date of birth||February 28, 1976|
|Place of birth||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2001–2003||New England Revolution||58||(2)|
|2006–2009||Maryland Terrapins (assistant)|
|2010–||Army Black Knights (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
On February 2, 1998, the Miami Fusion made Cullen the first draft pick in team history, taking him first overall in the 1998 MLS College Draft. Cullen spent the next three and a half seasons in Miami (he left the team as the club's all-time leader in games and minutes). On August 15, 2001, the Fusion traded Cullen and a 2002 first-round draft pick to the New England Revolution in exchange for Johnny Torres, Shaker Asad and a 2003 second-round draft pick. Cullen remained with the Revolution through the 2003 season. After taking 2004 off to pursue his college degree, Cullen came back to MLS in 2005, his rights traded to the Colorado Rapids. He retired from soccer after playing one season with the Rapids. Cullen played a few times with DC United reserves in 2006 as a defender in an emergency capacity.
Cullen earned three caps for the United States men's national soccer team, his first coming February 21, 1999 against Chile. He came on for Richie Williams in the 86th minute of a 2–1 victory. His second game was a 2–2 tie with Jamaica on September 8, 1999. Cullen played the entire game. His last game was a 2–0 victory over El Salvador on November 17, 2002. In this game, Cullen came on for Pablo Mastroeni at halftime.
At the MLS Superdraft, Maurice Edu (the first pick) announced that Cullen was his agent. On March 13, 2006, the University of Maryland hired Cullen as an assistant with the women's soccer team. On January 7, 2010, Cullen was named the men's assistant coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Cullen and new Army head coach, Russell Payne, were teammates at the University of Maryland.
- Fusion Drafts Maryland Defender
- Martins, Gus (2001-08-17). "Revs land Cullen to shore up defense". The Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- USA – Details of International Matches 1995–1999
- USA – Details of International Matches 2000–2002
- Leo Cullen Named Assistant Men's Soccer Coach [permanent dead link], United States Military Academy, January 7, 2010.