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U.S. soccer GOALKEEPER
Zach Thornton
Height: 6-3 (1.91 m).
Weight: 210 (95 kg).
Born: October 10, 1973 in Baltimore, MD.
Hometown: Edgewood, MD.
College: Loyola of Maryland.
Club: Chicago Fire (MLS).

National Team
Year Record GP W GAA SO
1994 0-0-0 1 0 0.00 0
1998 0-0-1 1 0 0.00 1
1999 1-0-3 4 1 1.06 0
Total 1-0-4 6 1 0.74 1
Professional
Year Club GP/GS Record GAA SO
1996 MetroStars (MLS) 3/3 1-2 3.00 0
1997 MetroStars (MLS) 3/2 1-1 2.30 0
1998 Chicago Fire (MLS) 25/- 16-8 1.17 8
1999 Chicago Fire (MLS) 30/- 17-12 1.09 7
2000 Chicago Fire (MLS) 25/25 15-4-6 1.28 5
Total (MLS) 86/- 50-17-6 1.27 20
MLS Champion - 1998
College
Year Club GP Record GAA SO
- Loyola of Maryland - - - -
Total - - - -

U.S. National Team: Emerged as one of the USA's bright young players after a sparkling MLS season in 1998 ... 1999: Played exceptionally well during his four appearances on the year, finishing with a 1.07 goals against average and earning a victory against Guatemala in Nike U.S. Cup '99 ... 1998: Earned his second full international cap, shutting out Australia on Nov. 6, 1998 in San Jose, and was named game MVP for his efforts ... 1996: Posted a 1-2-4 record playing for the Under-23 National Team in seven pre-Olympic starts under the guidance of U.S. National Team head coach Bruce Arena ... 1995: Represented the U.S. in all three matches for the U-23s at the Pan Am Games in Argentina ... 1994: Made his full international debut as a second half sub in a 3-0 win over Jamaica in Kingston on Nov. 22, 1994 ... Led the East to the gold medal at the Olympic Festival ... First Appearance: Nov. 22, 1994 vs. Jamaica.

Professional: Earned MLS Best XI and Goalkeeper of the Year honors for the Chicago Fire in his breakout season in 1998, helping the team to the "double", winning the MLS Cup '98 and the 1998 U.S. Open Cup ... 1999: Had another strong season for the Fire, going 17-12 with a 1.09 goals against average ... Was an MLS All-Star for the second straight season ... 1998: One of the top goalkeepers in the country, he finished the season with eight shutouts (a league record high) and a 1.17 goals against average (an MLS record at the time) ... Led the Fire to the 1998 MLS Cup Championship, earning team defensive MVP honors .... Also led Chicago to the 1998 U.S. Open Cup title ... Posted a 16-8 record in 25 games ... Only goalkeeper in MLS to win first game in franchise history for two teams (NY/NJ and Chicago) ... Was original acquired by the Fire in the sixth round of the 1998 MLS expansion draft as the back-up to two-time Mexican World Cup veteran Jorge Campos, but quickly established himself as the starter ... 1997: Played behind U.S. World Cup veteran Tony Meola, making only three starts for the MetroStars ... 1996: Made MLS debut against Columbus on April 27, 1996, making four saves and conceding two goals.

College: Had an exceptional collegiate career at Loyola of Maryland, leading the nation in shutouts (14) and goals-against- average (0.75) in '94 ... Led the Greyhounds to a 15-5-2 record and their sixth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship ... Named NSCAA third-team All-American in '94 after leading the Greyhounds to a 15-5-2 record and their sixth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship ... Set a school record with 10 consecutive shutouts in two separate seasons (1993-94) ... Posted an outstanding 31 shutouts in 43 matches for Loyola ... Played two years at Essex Community College where he compiled a 26-4-1 record ... First-team All-NJCAA in '94 and led Essex to an appearance in the 1993 NJCAA championship game.

Personal: Earned third-team All-American honors playing lacrosse at Loyola (a pastime also enjoyed by head coach Bruce Arena), with 23 goals and six assists in '93 ... Enjoys playing the saxophone ... Father was a tight end on the University of Kentucky football team ... Three-sport athlete at John Carroll High School (soccer, lacrosse and basketball).


        U.S. National Team Statistics Prior Years

Year      W-L-T   GP  GS   MIN  GF  GA  SO    GAA   Y   R

1994      0-0-0    1   0    21   0   0   0   0.00   0   0
1998      0-0-1    1   1    90   0   0   1   0.00   0   0
1999      1-0-3    4   3   254   5   3   0   1.06   0   0

Total     1-0-4    6   4   365   5   3   1   0.74   0   0

(W-L-T - won-lost-tied; GP - games played; GS - games
started; MIN - minutes; GF - goals for; GA - goals against;
SO - shutouts; GAA - goals against average;
Y - yellow cards; R - red cards)

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