August 28, 2003 by

Clive Charles


Categories: Sports

ccharles.jpgClive Charles, coach of the 2000 U.S. men’s Olympic soccer team, died on Aug. 26 from prostate cancer. He was 51.
Charles began playing soccer for West Ham United in England when he was a teenager. He moved to the U.S. and for 17 years served as a defender with the Portland Timbers, Pittsburgh Spirit and Los Angeles Lazers.
In 1986, Charles started coaching the University of Portland’s men’s soccer team. He took on the duties of coaching the women’s team in 1989; they won the national championships last year. With his combined 439-144-44 record, Charles was one of five NCAA coaches to win more than 400 college soccer games.
For the past seven years, Charles has served as the head coach of the U.S. men’s Olympic soccer team, which made it to the semifinals at the 2000 Sydney Games. He was recently inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

5 Responses to Clive Charles

  1. Daniella

    Mr. Clive Charles,
    You are an inspiration. I love soccer and my coach is Trever Warren, I believe you know him. I just wanted to let you know that he is a great coach. Since he coached under your guidance, you must have been an amazing coach. Thank you for all that you have done, inspiring soccer players every where.

  2. Peter Mallett

    A great player who I remember from my childhood as a fan of the NASL and MISL and a coach who I will sadly never get to know as a journalist covering the game.
    Peter Mallett, The Globe and Mail

  3. Sunnie chalres-haskins

    wel its me, your brothers grandchild Sunnie!! well by the sounds of it you were a very insperational person too many and from everytime i remember meeting you were a special person to me. I will always love you Clive and i miss you loads Sunniexx

  4. carol charles

    i have just found this and i was amazed my grandaughter sunnie had left a message it was so wonderful to have found this and clive is my late brother in law what a lovely tribute for him his brother john who passed away a year befor clive our clive was a wonderful man and he adored his brother john my late husband and all his family here in england rest in peace clive god bless carol xx

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