Simon Elliott

22:57, May 10 2010
Simon Elliott
OLD HAND: Simon Elliott made his All Whites debut in 1995.

Age: 35
Place of birth: Wellington
Position: Midfielder
All Whites debut: v Singapore, Feb 21, 1995 
Caps: 70
Goals: 8
Other national teams: NZ U-20, NZ U23 (2008 Olympics, over-age player)
Former clubs: Wellington United, Wellington Olympic, Miramar Rangers, Western Suburbs, Boston Bulldogs, LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew, Fulham, San Jose Earthquakes  

Simon Elliott is the old campaigner in the team along with Ivan Vicelich and Ryan Nelsen, making his All Whites debut in 1995. 

He was groomed at Wellington Olympic and Miramar, and after a couple of years at Stanford University and a brief stint at the Boston Bulldogs in the US second division, he signed with the LA Galaxy in 1999. 

During five successful seasons in LA, the holding midfielder won every club prize in the Concacaf region, before being traded to Columbus Crew. 

He was spotted by Fulham during a pre-season friendly and moved to the English Premier League early 2006.

He became a regular feature in the first team by the end of that season, but a tragic calf injury cost him the following year. 

After several failed comebacks, he was released in 2008 and signed for the San Jose Earthquakes in 2009. He was cut from their roster before the start of the 2010 season. 

Career highlights:

2009: Returned to Major League Soccer by signing with San Jose Earthquakes. Played for NZ in the Confederations Cup campaign and featured in the draw against Bahrain in Manana, but missed the home leg due to injury.

2008: Released by Fulham at the end of the 2007/08 season. Made a return for the All Whites after a four-year absence in World Cup qualifiers against New Caledonia.

2007: Missed the entire 06/07 Premier League season with a calf injury.

2006: Joined Fulham on a free transfer.

2004: Traded to Columbus Crew.

2000: Named the LA Galaxy's most valuable player.

1999: Joined LA Galaxy.

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