MLS: San Jose names Brian Quinn as new coach

Former U.S. international Brian Quinn has been named the new head coach of the San Jose Clash, team GM Peter Bridgwater announced today. "Brian was a serious candidate to become head coach when we started the Clash," Bridgwater said. "Talking with him then and talking with him now, I've been impressed with his dynamic, energetic approach to the game. Everyone I talked with about our coaching vacancy told me Brian is the kind of coach who can turn the team around in a hurry. He's a player's coach, having been so successful as a player himself." Quinn, 37, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and played professionally for Larne of the Irish league and Everton of what was then the English First Division. He came to the U.S. in 1981 and played with the Los Angeles Aztecs, Montreal Manic, and San Diego Sockers of the NASL. After receiving American citizenship in 1991, Quinn made 48 international appearances for the U.S., contributing greatly to the Americans' victory in the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He played nine years indoors with San Diego, helping the Sockers to eight league titles while winning a pair of MVP awards, and replaced Ron Newman as head coach of the club in 1995. He compiled a 34-22 mark in his two seasons before the Sockers franchise folded prior to the start of the 1997 CISL season. "I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm eager to get started," said Quinn, "The Clash has had some tough luck this season... hopefully, we can get everyone together and see how good we can be." Quinn's first game at the helm of the Clash will be this Saturday, June 28, when San Jose hosts the Dallas Burn at Spartan Stadium.
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