Joe Cannon (soccer)

Joe Cannon

Cannon in October 2008
Personal information
Full name Joseph Cannon
Date of birth (1975-01-01) January 1, 1975
Place of birth Sun Valley, Idaho, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Saint Francis High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 11 (0)
1995–1997 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 San Diego Flash 28 (0)
1999–2002 San Jose Earthquakes 101 (0)
2003 RC Lens 0 (0)
2003–2006 Colorado Rapids 86 (0)
2007 LA Galaxy 29 (0)
2008–2010 San Jose Earthquakes 70 (0)
2011–2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 56 (0)
Total 370 (0)
National team
2003–2005 United States 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph "Joe" Cannon (born January 1, 1975) is an American former professional soccer player who played on the United States men's national soccer team.

Early life and education

Cannon was born January 1, 1975, in Sun Valley, Idaho, to Barbara and Joe Cannon.[1][2] As a child, he was raised in both Sun Valley, Idaho and Los Altos Hills, California.[3] He attended Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum, Idaho, before moving permanently to California at age 12.[3] In California, he played high school soccer for Saint Francis High School.[4]

Cannon attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara for his freshman year and was a student-athlete on the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team. He played in 11 games for the Gauchos in 1993 and recorded 3 shutouts.[5] He later transferred to Santa Clara University where he played for the Broncos from 1995 to 1997.[6] He graduated with a degree in political science.[3]

Club career

San Diego Flash and San Jose Earthquakes

Cannon was not drafted by a Major League Soccer team and instead signed with the San Diego Flash of the A-League in 1998. He appeared in 28 games, posting 11 shutouts, en route to being named the Flash's Most Valuable Player.[7][8]

After a season with the Flash, he was signed by Major League Soccer team San Jose Earthquakes.[8] After starting goalkeeper David Kramer tore the labrum in his shoulder, Cannon was promoted to the first team for the Quakes.[9] He would remain as the starter until 2002, leading San Jose to victory in MLS Cup 2001 and winning his first MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2002.[3]

French foray and return to MLS

Cannon's Major League Soccer contract expired following the 2002 season and he attempted to play for a European team.[10] After an unsuccessful trial with Feyenoord, he signed a six-month contract with RC Lens of France's Ligue 1.[11] He was behind Charles Itandje in the Lens side and was not able to break into the first team.[11]

Meanwhile, in MLS, the Earthquakes traded the rights to Cannon to the Colorado Rapids for three draft picks and Cannon returned to play in America.[12]

I don’t care whether they bring in Joe Cannon or Jeff Bazooka or Jim Tommygun ... I don't need anyone to push me.
I don’t care if it's Scott Garlick, Scott Salt or Scott Pepper. I'm very confident in my abilities. I can compete for the job anywhere, and may the best man win.
Joe Cannon, [13][14]

Cannon was initially behind incumbent goalkeeper Scott Garlick, but Rapids coach Tim Hankinson controversially promoted Cannon into the starting role for the 2003 playoffs.[15] Although Colorado did not advance, Garlick was traded to the Dallas Burn and Cannon kept his starting position.[16] The following season in 2004, Cannon won his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in addition to being named to the MLS Best XI and as a finalist for the MLS Most Valuable Player Award.[3]

In December 2006, Cannon was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Herculez Gomez and Ugo Ihemelu.[17][18] He made his Galaxy debut on April 8, 2007, in a 0–0 tie with the Houston Dynamo.[19] He spent one season with the club.

Earthquakes return

Cannon returned to the Earthquakes via trade with the Galaxy for allocation money in January 2008.[20] He would spend 3 seasons with the club.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Cannon with Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Cannon was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft.[21] He re-signed with Vancouver for the 2012 Major League Soccer season.[22] Cannon retired following the 2013 Major League Soccer season.


Cannon's grandfather and father are Canadian, which made him eligible for selection by the Canada men's national soccer team.[23] Cannon has stated that he could have played had he known of this earlier in his career.[23]

Cannon earned two caps with the United States men's national soccer team, his first coming against New Zealand on June 8, 2003.[24]

Post-playing career

In March 2014, Cannon was announced as a color commentator for San Jose Earthquakes radio broadcasts on KLIV.[25]

Personal life

Cannon has a twin brother, Jon, who was a minor league baseball pitcher.[1] He has two other brothers, Cody and Colt.[1] His father, Joe Cannon Sr., was a country-western singer.[1]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Other Total
Colorado Rapids 2003 MLS 20000020
2004 MLS 3200000320
2005 MLS 3000000300
2006 MLS 3000000300
Total 9400000940
LA Galaxy 2007 MLS 3400000340
Total 3400000340
San Jose Earthquakes 2008 MLS 3000000300
2009 MLS 2800000280
2010 MLS 1200000120
Total 7000000700
Vancouver Whitecaps 2011 MLS 2000000200
2012 MLS 2600000260
2013 MLS 1000000100
Total 5600000560
Career total 254000002540



San Jose Earthquakes



  1. 1 2 3 4 Rosewater, Amy (September 3, 2002). "Cannon brothers take different shots". USA Today. Tysons Corner, Virginia. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  2. "Joe Cannon Player Profile – ESPN FC". ESPN FC. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Zarkos, Jody (November 19, 2004). "Gimme Five – This Cannon had a booming year". Idaho Mountain Express. Ketchum, Idaho. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  4. Schwab, Matt (April 4, 2012). "Goalkeeper Joe Cannon revitalizes career with Vancouver Whitecaps". San Jose Mercury News. San Jose, California. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  5. "UCSB Men's Soccer Record Book: ALL-TIME GOALKEEPER STATISTICS (5+ GP)" (PDF). UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. August 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  6. "Santa Clara Men's Soccer: All-Time Roster" (PDF). Santa Clara Broncos. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  7. Litterer, David. "The Year in American Soccer, 1998: USISL A-League (Division 2)". Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  8. 1 2 "MLS: Goalkeeper Joe Cannon Headed to San Jose". Soccer America. Oakland, California. January 26, 1999. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  9. "MLS: Injury Update (April 22)". Soccer America. Oakland, California. April 22, 1999. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  10. Mahoney, Ridge (December 3, 2008). "What's a good keeper worth?". Soccer America. Oakland, California. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  11. 1 2 "The SBI Questions: Joe Cannon Answers (Part 1)". April 8, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  12. "Rapids Acquire 2002 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon". Colorado Rapids. August 19, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  13. 1 2 Lepper, Geoff (April 7, 2010). "Quakes' keeper Cannon ends media blackout". San Jose Earthquakes. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  14. 1 2 Dure, Beau (2010). Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer. Potomac Books, Inc. p. 153. ISBN 9781597975094.
  15. Pearce, Alan (November 4, 2003). "Demotion shocks angry Garlick". Rocky Mountain News. Denver. Archived from the original on December 17, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  16. "MLS: Burn acquires Garlick from Colorado". Soccer America. Oakland, California. December 17, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  17. Forbes, Brian (December 1, 2006). "Rapids trade Joe Cannon". The Denver Post. Denver. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  18. "Galaxy acquire goalkeeper Cannon in trade with Rapids". USA Today. Tysons Corner, Virginia. December 1, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  19. "DRAWING WITH DYNAMO". April 8, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  20. "LA Galaxy trades goalkeeper Joe Cannon to San Jose". ESPN FC. January 10, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  21. "2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick". Major League Soccer. November 24, 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  22. "'Caps re-sign two". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. December 5, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  23. 1 2 "The SBI Questions: Joe Cannon Answers (Part Two)". April 9, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  24. "Cannon Earns First U.S. National Team Appearance". Santa Clara Broncos. June 8, 2003. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  25. Curran, Olivia (March 27, 2014). "Cannon, Ramey join the Earthquakes broadcast on KLIV". San Jose Earthquakes. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
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