Avery John

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Avery John
Personal information
Full name Emery Avery John[1]
Date of birth (1975-06-18) 18 June 1975 (age 48)
Place of birth Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Defender
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Yavapai Roughriders
1996–1999 American Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 New Orleans Storm 0 (0)
1999 Maryland Mania
1999–2000 Bohemians 21 (0)
2000 Boston Bulldogs 11 (0)
2000–2001 Shelbourne 10 (0)
2001–2002 Bohemians 19 (1)
2002–2003 Longford Town 25 (1)
2004–2008 New England Revolution 75 (0)
2008 Miami FC 15 (0)
2009 D.C. United 6 (0)
International career
1996–2009 Trinidad and Tobago 65 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Emery Avery John CM (born 18 June 1975) is a Trinidad and Tobago former professional footballer who played as a defender.


Youth and College[edit]

John was born in Point Fortin. He attended Vessigny Government Secondary School and then Presentation College, and played college soccer for Yavapai College in Arizona and American University in Washington, DC. In his four seasons with American, John was named First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association and Second Team All-South Atlantic Region in his second year. In that same year, he helped win the CAA Championship and bring the team into the NCAA Quarterfinals.[2]


In July 1998, John joined the New Orleans Storm of the USISL.[3] In 2000, upon graduating, John played briefly in the American A-League, with the Steve Nicol-coached Boston Bulldogs. John spent much of his early professional career playing in the League of Ireland. John is perhaps best known in Ireland for playing for Bohemians, with whom he spent two spells and worked under three different managers. John was a fan favourite with Bohemians, where he became a cult figure who had several songs in his honour. John also had a brief spell with Shelbourne, and Longford Town after having been denied a work permit to sign for Colchester United following a successful preseason in 2002.

John moved to the United States to play for New England Revolution, and his old coach Steve Nicol, in Major League Soccer in 2004. With the Revolution, John was a regular member of the starting line-up in all his four years with the team, and despite with injuries, international duty, and occasional loss of form, never appeared in fewer than 10 games in a season.

On 1 May 2008, John signed with Miami FC of the USL First Division and played 15 games for the side. On 23 April 2009, he signed with D.C. United, after the team completed a trade for his rights. The Revolution, which had retained his MLS rights, traded those rights, in exchange for a conditional draft pick in either the 2010 or 2011 MLS SuperDraft.[4] John was released by D.C. United on 20 January 2010.[5]


John appeared in over 50 matches with the Trinidad and Tobago national team. In his first match at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he was dismissed with his second yellow card for a rash tackle on Sweden's Christian Wilhelmsson, making John the first player to be sent off in the tournament and causing him to miss Trinidad and Tobago's high-profile game with England.


As a member of the Trinidad and Tobago squad that competed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, John was awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold Class), the second highest state decoration of Trinidad and Tobago.[6]


  1. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 21 March 2014. p. 29. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2019.
  2. ^ "American Alum Avery John to Play in the World Cup :: Defender will play for Trinidad & Tobago". Archived from the original on 18 June 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2006.
  3. ^ STORM NOTES Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans , LA) – Saturday, 8 August 1998
  4. ^ DC United signs defender Avery John Archived 28 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Soccer Insider - D.C. United Updates". Archived from the original on 19 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Birchall and Bell up for award". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 September 2021.

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