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"Dominic strengthens us immensely in the middle," said Rapids Head Coach Bobby Houghton, who is Currently attending the African Nations Cup in South Africa in search of a star international player for the team. "He is a very talented and skillful midfielder with a great knack for creating and scoring goals. He is the perfect player to run the offense and establish an exciting, attacking style for the Rapids."
"I'm very flattered to be the Rapids' second marquee player," says Kinnear. "Coach Houghton's interest in having me play a vital role in the Rapids' attack is extremely attractive, especially coming from a coach of his caliber. Houghton's teams have challenged for 16 Cup or Division titles in his twenty years of coaching, and we will do everything we can here with the Rapids to go after the MLS Championship."
Kinnear, a midfidlder with the U.S. National Team since 1990, has made 56 international appearances for the Americans. His talent and flexibility have made him ninth on the all-time U.S. National Team scoring list, with ninc goals. Kinnear has had two multiple-goal games for the U.S. team, against the Cayman Islands and El Salvador, both in 1993. The potent attacker also scored a crucial penalty kick against Honduras in the overtime title match of the 1991 Gold Cup.
The Rapids will play their home games at Mile High Stadium, where Kinnear captained the U. S. National Team against Scotland on May 17, 1992. The Glasgow, Scotland, native has captured two championships since being among the final cuts for the 1994 U.S. World Cup squad, first with the 1994-'95 Mexican First Division Champion Necaxa, and then during the summer of 1995 with the A-League's Seattle Sounders.
Raised in Fremont, Calif. with fellow U.S. National Team and MLS signee John Doyle, the offensive-minded midfielder was the first American to score in the Mexican First Division, where U.S. world Cup star Marcelo Balboa, Mike Sorber and Tab Ramos also played during the 1994-'95 season.
"By adding Kinnear to the Wegerle and Houghton mix, the Colorado Rapids are serving notice to the league and to the Rocky Mountain region that when we kick off our home opener on April 21 against the Dallas Burn, we will have winners dedicated to entertaining soccer on the field," said Rapids General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Richard A. Levine. "Also, Dominic is exceptionally personable and has a great desire to reach out to our soccer community on behalf of the Rapids."
The Rapids' first allocated player was U.S. National Team star Roy Wegerle, who joined the U.S. team in May 1992 and appeared in all four of the USA's World Cup 1994 matches. During his career with the National Team, Wegerle has played in a total of 26 games, scoring three goals.
Major League Soccer, the first Divsion I soccer league in the United States in over a decade, will kick off its inaugural season on April 6 with 10 teams: Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Dallas Burn, Kansas City Wiz, Losa Angeles Galaxy, New Engleand Revolution, Metrostars, San Jose Clash, Tampa Bay Mutiny, and Washington D.C. United.
MLS, financed by such investors as Rapids owner/operator Philip F. Anschutz, Virginia billionaire John Kluge, and NFL owners Lamar Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs) and Robert Kraft (New England Patriots), and more than $75 million in funds. The league also has multi-million dollar agreements with corporate sponsors AT&T, Budweiser, Kellogg's, Nike, Reebok, adidas, Puma, Umbro, Mitre and more. In addition, the league has signed televison agreements with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and Univision that call for mor than 60 games to be televised nationally.
Position: Midfielder Ht: 5-11 Wt: 160 Age: 28 Born: July 26, 196, in Glasgow Scotland Citizenship: USA Hometown: Fremont, California College: Hartwick College How Acquired: Second MLS Allocation Last Club: Necaxa (Mexican First Division) Pro Outdoor Experience: Colorado Rapids,MLS(1996) U.S. National Team (1990-present) Necaxa, Mexican First Division (1995) Seattle Sounders, APSL (1995) San Francisco Blackhawks, APSL (1989-93)OUTLOOK: One of the most skillful and intelligent ~midfielders in the country ... After winning two championships last season in Mexico and Seattle, he has his sights set on a hat trick of championships.
HOUGHTON ON KINNEAR: "He comes to us off of a great year having been a champion in Mexico and the A-League in the same season. He could have his biggest season this year with the Rapids. He's still a possibility for the 1998 World Cup."
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM: This creative midfielder just missed making the 1994 U.S. World Cup team after an emergency appendectomy in the spring of 1994 ... Was the U.S. team's second leading scorer in 1993 with seven goals, making him one of USA's top-10 all-time leading scorers ... Has 56 appearances with the U.S. National Team Scored a crucial penalty kick in overtime in the 1991 Gold Cup title match against Honduras ... Served as the captain of the U.S. National Team when the USA played Scotland, his birth country, at Denver's Mile High Stadium in May 1992.
PRO OUTDOOR CAREER: Became the first American to score in the Mexican Premier League while leading Necaxa to the 1995 Mexican League Championship ... After winning the championship in Mexico, he joined the Seattle Sounders and led them to the 1995 APSL championship, giving him two titles in less than six months ... Kinnear's first professional experience was with the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, where he earned first-team recognition in the Western Division of the APSL in 1989 and 1990 ... Was voted all-league Most Valuable Player three years, and earned leading scorer honors ... Led the Blackhawks to a 1991 national championship in the APSL.
COLLEGE CAREER: Kinnear spent one year at Hartwick College in 1985, when he had three goals and four assists, helping the team reach the Final Four ... Voted one of Soccer America's top freshmen in 1985.
PERSONAL: Kinnear grew up in Fremont, Calif., and started playing soccer at age 5 ... Kinnear grew up playing youth soccer in San Francisco with longtime U.S. National Teammate John Doyle, who now plays for the MLS' San Jose Clash ... He attended John F. Kennedy high school, where his team won the league championship two of his four years, 1982 and '83 ... Kinnear was awarded all-league honors three of his four high school years ... His hobbies include music, reading and basketball ... Kinnear lives with his wife, Colleen, in Westminster, Colo.
DOMINIC KINNEAR'S YEAR-BY-YEAR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM STATISTICS:
YEAR GP/GS MIN G A 1990 3/3 254 0 0 1991 12/5 903 1 0 1992 11/7 676 1 1 1993 21/13 1148 7 1 1994 9/5 482 0 0 TOTALS 56/33 3463 9 2