Steve Klein

Steve Klein was born (May 11 1975) in Evansville, Indiana. He is an American soccer player who spent one season in Major League Soccer and eleven in the USL First Division and its predecessors.

College Career

Klein attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he started all 4 years and earned First team All-American honors his senior year. He is still BGSU’s all-time leading point scorer with 45 assists and 37 goals. His play led BGSU to the “Sweet Sixteen” of the NCAA Championships in both his junior and senior years. In 2006, Klein was inducted in the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional Career

Klein was drafted by the New England Revolution in 1997, but saw limited action due to injury. He then played with the Nashville Metros for a season, the Hershey Wildcats for two seasons, and then the Charleston Battery for three seasons.

In 2005, he made the cross-country move to Vancouver, where he started 26 of 27 games and was second on the team in scoring with 18 pts (7 goals, 4 assists). He earned First Team USL for his efforts. In the 2006 campaign, he moved into a more defensive midfield roll, starting all games eligible (27) and leading the team in minutes played during the regular season. While not producing the scoring totals of 2005, he hard work in the trenches earned him Second Team USL honors. He helped the Caps win their first USL First Division championship beating the Rochester Raging Rhinos 3-0.

Coaching Career

In 2008 Klein was the head coach of the now-defunct National Premier Soccer League franchise, Lancaster Inferno.

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