Pato Margetic

Patricio "Pato" Germán Margetic (born May 17, 1960 in Avellaneda, Argentina) is a former Argentine footballer.[1] He began his career in Argentina before playing five seasons in the North American Soccer League, as well as the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Pato Margetic
Personal information
Full name Patricio Germán Margetic
Date of birth (1960-05-17) May 17, 1960 (age 61)
Place of birth Avellaneda, Argentina
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978 San Telmo
1979 Temperley
1979–1981 Detroit Express (indoor) 20 (36)
1980 Detroit Express 32 (11)
1981–1984 Chicago Sting 98 (31)
1981–1985 Chicago Sting (indoor) 74 (74)
1985–1987 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 69 (36)
1987–1988 Chicago Sting (indoor) 41 (13)
1988–1989 Borussia Dortmund 2 (0)
1989–1990 Cleveland Crunch (indoor) 33 (12)
1990 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 13 (4)
1990–1994 Chicago Power (indoor) 143 (129)
1994–1999 Detroit Rockers (indoor) 160 (102)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 2008

Playing careerEdit

Margetic's professional career began in 1978 for Club Atletico San Telmo from the Isla Maciel district of Avellaneda.

He came to the United States to play for the Detroit Express in 1979 and then moved on to the Chicago Sting in 1981, where he went on to win NASL Soccer Bowls in 1981 and 1984. He was a first team all star in 1983, a second team selection in 1982 and 1984, and an honorable mention in 1981. While playing for the Sting he earned the nickname "Magic Man". Margetic played in 130 NASL games, scoring 42 goals and 59 assists for 143 points, which ranks him 34th all-time in the league. Margetic scored the last goal in the history of the NASL in the 82nd minute of game two of the 1984 Soccer Bowl series. After the end of the NASL, Margetic played six seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League for the Chicago Sting, Kansas City Comets, Cleveland Crunch and Tacoma Stars, and nine seasons in the National Professional Soccer League for the Chicago Power and Detroit Rockers. He also appeared briefly for Borussia Dortmund in 1988-89.


He has spent the past several years running Pato's Magic Soccer, a Michigan non-profit promoting youth soccer affiliated with the Michigan Youth Soccer League and the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program. He also does recruiting for the Chicago Fire. He now coaches and heads the Magic Soccer Club in Michigan. Pato and Magic Soccer Club partner with camps and classes running through the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) in Rochester, MI. RARA is the recreation department for Rochester and Rochester Hills, Michigan.


  1. ^ "Patricio Margetic". Retrieved July 16, 2013.

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