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John Spencer #7
Position: Forward
Height: 5-7
Weight: 160
Born: 9/11/70
College: None
Last Club: Motherwell (Scotland)

How Acquired: Signed by the Rapids on February 21, 2001

The Rapids’ Team Captain and undeniable leader, John Spencer has become the heart of the team with his unparalleled work rate. In just three seasons with the club, Spencer has climbed to second place on its all-time goals scored list and is in third place on the all-time points scored list. Spencer is one of just two Rapids to have been named to the Pepsi Best XI twice and was recently one of three finalists for the Honda MVP award. He is the only player in Colorado history to have been named Rapids MVP and Rapids Scoring Champion on more than one occasion, having earned both honors in 2001 and 2003.

2004 MLS:Netted his first goal of the season on 04-03-04 @ Dallas in the team's 1-1 tie...

MLS Career Highlights 2003: Led the Rapids in scoring with 14 goals and 33 points and was a finalist for the Honda Most Valuable Player award…Ranked fifth in MLS in points and was tied for third in goals…Fell one game shy of tying an MLS record with goals in six consecutive games between June 14 and July 9…Notched his only two-goal game of the season in the regular season finale against Dallas on October 25…Was named to the MLS Pepsi Best XI for the second time in his three-year career…Played all 180 minutes in the two playoff games against Kansas City in the Western Conference Semifinals…2002: Played in just 16 games with 13 starts because of a series of different injuries…Despite missing so much time, he still finished fifth on the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists…Scored four goals in his first eight games before going down with a knee injury…Tallied a season-high three points with a goal and an assist against Kansas City on May 11…Was shown the first and only red card of his MLS career against Chicago on July 4…2001: Made a big splash in his first season in MLS, finishing third in the league in goals and points with 14 and 35 respectively, both of which are single season team records…Scored on his MLS debut against Miami on April 7…Tallied points in each of his first five games with the Rapids, registering four goals and two assists in that time…Scored the first and only hat trick of his MLS career, and the first in Rapids history on July 4 against D.C. United in a 3-1 win…Tallied two assists against San Jose on August 25 for the only multi-assist game of his MLS career…Continued his strong play in the postseason by scoring a team-high two goals in the Rapids’ five playoff matches…Was named to the Pepsi Best XI, becoming the first Rapids player ever to be so honored.

NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS- Earned his first full Scotland cap against Russia on November 16, 1994 in Glasgow…Received a red card in his first full international start on May 21, 1995 against Japan…Played all three games for Scotland at Euro ’96 in England, including his only start against England at Wembley …Made his first World Cup qualifying appearance against Latvia in Riga, Latvia on 10/5/96…Last appeared for Scotland on May 27, 1997 in a friendly against Wales…Registered 14 caps for Scotland between 1994 and 1997.

OTHER CAREER NOTES – Prior to signing with the Rapids, Spencer had played for seven different clubs during his 14-year professional career… He signed with Glasgow Rangers as a teenager and played with the club from 1987-1992, scoring two goals in seven appearances…During his tenure with the Glasgow club, Spencer completed a short loan spell with Morton in 1988-89 where he scored 1 goal in 4 appearances for the Scottish First Division Team…Spencer also was on loan with Lai Sun of Hong Kong where he scored 20 goals in 24 appearances during his time there… In 1992 Spencer went to Chelsea of the English First Division and his playing career accelerated... He scored 43 goals in 96 appearances from 1992-1996… After a 2.5 million pound transfer to Queens Park Rangers, Spencer spent 2 seasons with QPR, scoring 24 goals in 53 appearances…In 1998, Spencer then was sold to Everton for 1.5 million pounds … He was then loaned to Motherwell of the Scottish Premier League in 1998-99 where he scored three goals in 12 appearances before securing a 500,000 pound permanent transfer to the club where he played under his brother-in-law, Bill Davies, who was player-manager. In his time at Fir Park, he tallied 18 goals in 61 matches.

PERSONAL – An avid sports fan, Spencer follows the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers…A dedicated family man, Spencer and his wife Amanda have two children, Chantelle and Brad…One of his goal celebration rituals includes a kiss of his wedding ring as a salute to his family.


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