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Brian Ashton (soccer)

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Brian Ashton
Personal information
Full name Brian Ashton
Date of birth (1974-09-05) September 5, 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Sudbury, Ontario
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position(s) Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 London Lasers 3 (0)
1998–2004 Toronto Lynx 159 (13)
2002Mississauga Olympians (loan) 3 (0)
National team
1991 Canada U17 2 (0)
1992 Canada U20 5 (1)
1994 Canada U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 02, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of n/a

Brian Ashton (born September 5, 1974) is a Canadian former soccer player who played notably with the Toronto Lynx, and is currently the Ontario Soccer Association Region 6 Head Coach.

Professional career

Ashton began playing professional soccer with the London Lasers in 1992.[1] He later played with the Toronto Lynx of the USL A-League in 1998 the second year of the franchise`s inception.[2] He made his debut for the club on April 9, 1998 in an exhibition match against the Rochester Rhinos.[3] During his tenure with the Lynx he was awarded the Toronto Lynx Fan Favorite award a record five times including a Public Relations award.[4] He held the record for most club appearances for the Lynx, until he was surpassed by David Diplacido in 2006.[5] In the 2000 USL A-League season he assisted Toronto by reaching the post season for the second time in the franchise`s history. In the playoffs Ashton scored a goal in the conference quarterfinals against the Long Island Rough Riders, which resulted in a 2-1 victory.[6] The Lynx playoff run came to an end in the Eastern Conference Final against the Rochester Rhinos in a 2-1 loss on aggregate.

Once the 2002 A-league season came to a conclusion he was loaned to the Mississauga Olympians of the Canadian Professional Soccer League.[7] He made his debut on September 11, 2002 in an Open Canada Cup match against the Toronto Croatia.[8] He helped the Olympians secure a playoff berth by finishing second in the Western Conference, but unfortunately were defeated by the North York Astros in a wild card match.[9] On February 12, 2004, Ashton announced his retirement from professional soccer after he was offered a regional coach of youth development position with the Ontario Soccer Association.[10]

International career

Ashton made his national team debut on March 25, 1991 with the Canada men's national under-17 soccer team at the 1991 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament. He later featured with the Canada men's national under-20 soccer team in the 1992 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament. He also played with the Canada men's national under-23 soccer team at the 1994 Jeux de la Francophonie.[11]

References

  1. ^ https://www.statscrew.com/minorsoccer/stats/p-ashtobri001
  2. ^ "The Team". 2000-08-19. Archived from the original on 2000-08-19. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  3. ^ Glover, Robin (April 9, 1998). "A-League pre season game of Thursday April 9, 1998". Rocket Robin`s Home Page.
  4. ^ Nutt, Dave (April 10, 2003). "LYNX SIGN FORMER ALL-STAR". Rocket Robin`s Home Page. TORONTO LYNX MEDIA RELEASE.
  5. ^ "Brian Ashton | SoccerStats.us". soccerstats.us. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  6. ^ Winnipeg Fury (September 9, 2000). "CP article: Lynx Advance to Semi's". Rocket Robin`s Home Page.
  7. ^ RUMLESKI, Kathy. "CPSL playoff picture still unclear". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. London Free Press. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  8. ^ Glover, Robin (September 11, 2002). "Result of the Wednesday September 11th, 2002 CPSL game between Toronto Croatia and Mississauga Olympians played at Memorial Park in Streetsville at 8:00pm. This was the first game of the two leg quarterfinal of the League Cup". Rocket Robin's Home Page.
  9. ^ Glover, Robin (October 18, 2002). "Result of the Friday October 18th, 2002 CPSL Wild Card game to determine semi-finalists for the Rogers Cup between North York Astros and Mississauga Olympians". Rocket Robin's Home Page.
  10. ^ Lynch, Rob (February 12, 2004). "There's Only One Number 8". USLFans.com. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Canada Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
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