Mike Lapper

Michael Steven Lapper (born August 28, 1970 in Redondo Beach, California) is a retired American soccer defender. During his fifteen-year playing career, most of it spent as a sweeper, he played in England, Germany and the United States. He earned 44 caps, scoring one goal, with the U.S. national soccer team between 1991 and 1995. He was part of the U.S. teams at both the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Mike Lapper
Personal information
Full name Michael Steven Lapper
Date of birth August 28, 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Redondo Beach, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
North Huntington Beach Untouchables
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Los Angeles Heat 16 (2)
1994–1995 VfL Wolfsburg 16 (1)
1995–1997 Southend United 52 (1)
1997–2002 Columbus Crew 110 (5)
National team
1991–1995 United States 43 (1)
Teams managed
2005–2013 Columbus Crew (assistant)
2013–2017 West Virginia University (assistant)
2018–2019 New England Revolution (assistant)
2019 New England Revolution (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Lapper played youth soccer in the North Huntington Beach Untouchables youth club. He graduated from Marina High in Huntington Beach. Lapper played collegiate soccer at UCLA from 1988 to 1991. While a Bruin, Lapper won the 1990 National Championship, earning first team All American honors. While in college, Lapper also played with the local Los Angeles Heat of the Western Soccer League in 1988 and 1989. He was a WSL First Team All-Star in 1989.


Lapper made his debut for the United States on April 7, 1991 against South Korea.

Lapper played for the U.S. 1991 Pan American Games gold medal soccer team, the 1992 Summer Olympics soccer team[1] and the 1995 Copa America team which placed fourth at that tournament. In 1993, he played every U.S. game as a sweeper. When Bora Milutinović moved to a flat-back four defensive scheme, Lapper found himself relegated to the bench in favor of Alexi Lalas. However, he did make the U.S. team which played as host in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. This team advanced to the second round where it lost to Brazil, but Lapper failed to enter any of the U.S. games.

He played several more matches at the end of 1994 and into 1995, but on August 16, 1995, he earned his last cap in a losing match to Sweden. He ended his national team career with 44 and scored one goal.


Lapper began his professional career in 1994 with German Second Division club VfL Wolfsburg in Germany (1994–95). On a side note, he scored in his debut game with that team. He continued to start for Wolfsburg until coach Eckhard Krautzun, who had sought Lapper's services, was fired by team management. Lapper soon found himself in the position of so many American players in Europe during those years. The new manager, Gerd Roggensack, had no interest in American soccer players and Lapper found himself unable to even make the substitute list. At the time that Krautzun was fired, Wolfsburg stood at the top of the German Second Division. By the end of the season, it had slipped to fourth and failed to win promotion to the First Division. Lapper requested a transfer and in 1995, the team sent him to British Second Division club Southend United for £100,000. At the time, Southend was pushing for promotion to the Premiership, but when it actually faced demotion to the second division in 1997, Lapper left Southend to sign with Major League Soccer (MLS). However, he did have a final stint within English football, when Halifax Town signed him on a rolling contract in late 1999. His time at the club proved unsuccessful and he soon returned to the U.S.

Major League Soccer

When Lapper signed with MLS, the league allocated him in June 1997 to the Columbus Crew. While with that team, he played 110 games, starting 99, until his retirement in 2002. Additionally, he scored five goals and assisted on 10 more.

Post-playing career

After retiring from playing, he joined the Columbus Crew's front office as the Director of Soccer Business Development, which focuses on the growth of the Crew's camps, clinics and soccer academies. During the 2005, season he officially joined the coaching staff.[2] Following the 2013 MLS season, Lapper parted ways with the Crew and became a member of the West Virginia University men's soccer staff.[3]


  1. ^ Nance, Roscoe (October 20, 1992). "Lapper happily adjusts to role on national team". USA Today. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  2. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/players/bio.jsp?team=t102&player=lapper_mike Archived April 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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1970 in association football

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1989 Western Soccer League

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1992 King Fahd Cup final tournament

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1995–96 Southend United F.C. season

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1996–97 Southend United F.C. season

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2000 U.S. Open Cup

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The Chicago Fire earned their second Open Cup by defeating the Miami Fusion 2-1 in the final at Soldier Field, Chicago.

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Two referees were used for all games from the second round through the semifinals as part of a FIFA experiment.

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Lapper is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Alison Lapper (born 1965), English artist

Mike Lapper (born 1970), American soccer player

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