Mike Sorber, Philadelphia Union

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Currently: Assistant Coach, Philadelphia Union
2014 February 7 – Union add Sorber to Coaching Staff
Sorber coached alongside Philadelphia head coach John Hackworth with the USMNT and remains the only US international to have played for and coached the United States in a FIFA World Cup. He joins the club from the Impact, where he was Jesse Marsch’s assistant before becoming Montreal’s North American scout.

2011 October 5 – Assistant Coach, Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer. Impact Head Coach Jesse Marsch adds Sorber to Staff

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COACHING: Assistant Coach: U.S. Men’s National Team, Assistant: St. Louis University , Webster Groves SC (’01-’02)
US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM: 67 Appearances, beginning January 25, 1992. 2 goals. 1994 World Cup, started all 4 games. 1998 World Cup
PROFESSIONAL: Chicago Fire (2000) reaching MLS Cup Final, NY/NJ Metro Stars (1997-1999), Kansas City Wizards (1996), UNAM Pumas (Mexican League) – 1st American named a Mexican League All-Star
COLLEGE: St Louis University, Class of 1994 – All-American, Hermann Trophy Finalist as a senior (1992), NCAA Semi-Finals (1991), 4 year starter, 13 goals, 29 assists (55 points)
HIGH SCHOOL: Aquinas-Mercy, Class of 1989. Two State Championships, in 1985 and 1989.

From the Post-Dispatch (June 2010)
Sorber was a player at St. Louis University who had never been on a U.S. youth national team and hadn’t even been a college All-American. But coach Bora Milutinovic saw Sorber at the 1991 NCAA College Cup, liked his ability to hold and distribute the ball and called him into camp, which led to Sorber starting all four games at the 1994 World Cup and making 67 appearances in all with the national team.

Quoting Sorber in the same article – “St. Louis is slipping, but we’re not so far off,” Sorber said. “It’s not like the rest of the country is producing (Lionel) Messis or Rio Ferdinands. We still have a long way to go as a nation. But if you look at St. Louis, St. Louis has not done well in a while. … St. Louis soccer has always been built on short passes, but there’s more in the modern game. That’s not enough anymore. There are more pieces.

“At the end of the day, at what level do you want to produce, what standard are you holding clubs to? Are we getting kids ready for college or saying we want to have some players at the national team level or playing in MLS?”

From SLU Billikens
St. Louis – Saint Louis University men’s head soccer coach Dan Donigan today named former Billiken Mike Sorber as his assistant coach. Sorber has retired from Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire to join the Billikens’ coaching staff.

Sorber retired from professional soccer in 2001 to begin his coaching career as Donigan’s first assistant coach. Over the next six years, he helped the Billikens advance to the NCAA Tournament four times. He was one of the top 20 assistant coaches in the country in 2006 according to CollegeSoccerNews.com, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named him the 2006 Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

Sorber spent the spring of 2007 serving as a temporary assistant coach through training camps and international friendlies for then-interim USMNT head coach Bob Bradley. Bradley had the interim tag removed in May, and Sorber officially joined the full-time staff in July 2007.

1992 Hermann Trophy finalist during his senior season. A four-year starter, he was a central figure in the Bills’ run to the 1991 NCAA semifinals. Inducted into the Billiken Hall of Fame in 1998, Sorber finished his SLU playing career with 55 points (13G, 29A).

From Trinity Catholic High School
Mike Sorber made his first big splash in soccer playing for Vince Drake at Aquinas-Mercy High School. He was a part of two state championship teams in his time at the school, with wins in 1985 and again in 1988.

Like many successful St. Louis area soccer talents, Sorber chose to keep his talents in the area, joining the team at St. Louis University. He graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Criminal Justice. His collegiate career, which saw him collect 13 goals and 29 assists, also saw him expand his playing reputation from a local talent to a national player. While with the Billikens, he earned his first ‘cap’ (international appearance), being named to the USA National Soccer Team on January 25, 1992.

In his playing career that total number of ‘caps’ grew to 67 and included 2 goals. With his exit from SLU, he became part of the 1994 World Cup team, playing in all four games. In 1998 he was named again, this time as an alternate to the World Cup team.

Sorber spent two years playing professionally with UNAM Pumas in the Mexican first division becoming the first American player ever to be named a Mexican League All-Star. His professional career also included stops with the Kansas City Wiz (1996), NY/NJ Metrostars (1997-1999 and the Chicago
Fire (2000), retiring in 2001.

When playing was over, it was time to follow his father Pete into the coaching ranks. He returned to St. Louis University as an assistant coach and remained in that role until 2007. He left his alma mater behind to join USA Men’s Soccer as an assistant and was on the sidelines this
year in South Africa as the US competed in the World Cup.

Sorber lives in Webster Groves with his wife Mindy and children Kyler, 8, and Syerra, 5. He was reunited at his parish, Holy Redeemer with Fr. Ken Brown, his pastor now, and formerly an English teacher when he was at Aquinas-Mercy.

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Mike Sorber, 1994 World Cup. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

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