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 Zach THORNTON 2008-2009 
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Name: Zach Thornton

Nickname: ''Big Zach''


Country: :USA: United States
Club: C.D. Chivas USA
Position: *GK
Side: RF/BS
Age: 35-36 years (10/10/1973)

Height: 191 cm
Weight: 105 kg

Attack: 32
Defence: 81
Balance: 98
Stamina: 68
Top Speed: 65
Acceleration: 69
Response: 86
Agility: 75
Dribble Accuracy: 52
Dribble Speed: 53
Short Pass Accuracy: 55
Short Pass Speed: 62
Long Pass Accuracy: 60
Long Pass Speed: 67
Shot Accuracy: 44
Shot Power: 86
Shot Technique: 44
Free Kick: 40
Curling: 46
Header: 46
Jump: 78
Technique: 50
Aggression: 61
Mentality: 79
Goalkeeper Skills: 83
Team Work: 78

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 6
Growth Type: Late



Attack/Defence Awareness Cards: Defence Minded


With then-former US national keeper and local star Tony Meola entrenched in Metro nets, Zach played only six games during his first two seasons in MLS. In 1997, he played a few games on loan with the North Jersey Imperials of the USISL, whose starting goalie was future Metro and US national teamer Tim Howard.
The Chicago Fire took Thornton in the 1997 MLS Expansion Draft, and his career took off. Beating out Mexican international Jorge Campos for the starting job, Zach lead the expansion Fire to that year's MLS Cup, and was named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year. He spent six years with the Fire, an automatic starter throughout his time there, and frequently at the top of MLS goalkeeping charts. In 2004, Thornton signed a six-month contract with Portuguese club Benfica. He didn't get a single first-team match with them, however, and re-signed with the Fire late in the MLS season. Thornton did not get any playing time, as his former backup Henry Ring had taken hold of the position in Thornton's absence. In 2005 Thornton would reclaim his spot in the Fire's net missing only a few matches due to injury. Thornton was traded to the Colorado Rapids on March 2, 2007 but was waived at the end of the year. He was subsequently picked up the club he started his MLS career at, Red Bull New York, as the team's reserve goalkeeper for 2008.
Thornton was traded to Chivas USA on August 2, 2008, and enjoyed an impressive first two seasons with the team, ultimately winning the 2009 Goalkeeper of the Year Award.

Thornton's first cap with the US national team came in 1994. He backed up Kasey Keller at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Thornton hasn't been able to translate his success in MLS to the international level, collecting only eight caps. On December 22, 2009, Thornton received another call up to play a friendly against Honduras on January 23.


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