Thursday, May 06, 2010

Pat Onstad to Become Oldest MLS Player of All Time Saturday

May 8th, Houston Dynamo @ Chivas USA. As the match kicks off, goalkeeper Pat Onstad will become the league's oldest player of all time.

Preki is the current record holder. He played his last game on October 10th, 2005 (DAL 2:2 KC), coming on as a sub in the 68th minute for Nick Garcia.

Preki's age in his final game: 42.311 years.

Pat Onstad's age on Saturday: 42.316 years.

Congratulations are in order to the new title holder. Here's a timeline of the previous men who have held this record. I remember when Joe Cannon left San Jose after the 2002 season, and people weren't expecting much from a 35 year old A-League keeper (by the way, Cannon himself is 35 this season). Some people expected Jon Conway to take the starting job, and who knows what would've happened if Conway hadn't injured himself that preseason. Then, there was the horrible own goal to start his MLS career. But by the end of the year, he had won an MLS title, the Goalkeeper of the Year award, and saved a penalty in the MLS Cup. It's been smooth sailing ever since.

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Comments on "Pat Onstad to Become Oldest MLS Player of All Time Saturday"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 AM, May 06, 2010) : 

Great stuff ... Onstad's un-promising start wasn't just the own goal. His very first game was in Central America, where he was terrible.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 PM, May 10, 2010) : 

42 year old keepers are rare but not unheard of in 1st divisions.
42 yr old players are much, much rarer.


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