Fer­nando Clav­ijo, 63, ex-head coach of Revs

Boston Herald - - OBITUARIES -

FRISCO, Texas — Fer­nando Clav­ijo, a sur­prise starter for the 1994 U.S. World Cup team who went on to a long coach­ing and man­age­ment ca­reer in Ma­jor League Soccer — in­clud­ing a stint as head coach of the New Eng­land Revo­lu­tion — has died. He was 63.

FC Dal­las said he died Fri­day at his home in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., from mul­ti­ple myeloma. Mr. Clav­ijo was the team’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor from March 2002 un­til he stepped down last Septem­ber be­cause of his health.

In­ducted into the U.S. Na­tional Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, Mr. Clav­ijo made 61 ap­pear­ances for the U.S. na­tional team from 1990-94, mostly as a de­fender.

“Fer­nando was an im­por­tant leader with three MLS clubs, and he played a key role in the league’s player devel­op­ment strat­egy,” MLS Com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber said in a state­ment Sat­ur­day. “More im­por­tantly, he was a joy to ev­ery­one who knew him and in­spired count­less young play­ers.”

An emerg­ing player in the fi­nal years of the North Amer­i­can Soccer League, Mr. Clav­ijo was part of the gen­er­a­tion ham­pered by the lack of the top-level Amer­i­can league be­tween NASL’s demise af­ter the 1984 sea­son and MLS’s launch in 1996.

Born in Uruguay, Mr. Clav­ijo be­gan a 22-year pro­fes­sional play­ing ca­reer at age 16 with Ate­nas of San Car­los, and six years later moved to the U.S. to sign with the New York Apollo of the Amer­i­can Soccer League in 1979. He played for NASL’s Golden Bay Earthquakes in 1983 and ’84, and he also played in­door soccer for the New York Ar­rows (1981-83), San Diego Sock­ers (1984-88), Los An­ge­les Laz­ers (1988-89) and St. Louis Storm (1989-92).

He be­came a U.S. cit­i­zen in 1987, and de­buted for the U.S. team in a Novem­ber 1990 ex­hi­bi­tion against the Soviet Union in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Mr. Clav­ijo had not started in six games when coach Bora Mi­luti­novic in­serted him in place of Cle Kooiman on the back­line along­side Marcelo Bal­boa, Alexi Lalas and Paul Caligiuri for the Amer­i­cans’ se­cond match of the 1994 World Cup against Colom­bia, among the tour­na­ment fa­vorites. Mr. Clav­ijo was not told he would be start­ing un­til just be­fore the team left its ho­tel. The Amer­i­cans won 2-1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., putting them­selves in po­si­tion to ad­vance to the knock­out phase.

Mr. Clav­ijo started his coach­ing ca­reer as a player-coach with the St. Louis Storm of the Ma­jor In­door Soccer League in 1991. Af­ter his play­ing days were done, he coached the Seat­tle SeaDogs of the Con­ti­nen­tal In­door Soccer League (1995-97), the Florida Thun­derCats of the Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Soccer League (1998-99). He served as Mi­luti­novic’s as­sis­tant with Nige­ria at the 1998 World Cup and MLS’s New York/New Jersey MetroS­tars in 1999, then was head coach of MLS’s New Eng­land Revo­lu­tion from 2000-02.

He led Haiti’s na­tional team from 2003-05, the coached MLS’s Colorado Rapids from 2005-08.

Mr. Clav­ijo is sur­vived by wife Martha, sons Nico and Jonathan, daugh­ter-in-law Thanne and grand­chil­dren Lu­cas and Sofia.

AP FILE

Fer­nando Clav­ijo, a sur­prise starter for the U.S. in the 1994 World Cup who had a lengthy ca­reer as a coach, has died at 63.

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