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  #19  -  Michael Burke Return to: TEAM PAGE | TEAM ROSTER
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL Last Club: Richmond Kickers Nationality: United States

 Bio:

Midfielder
HT:
  5’7”  WT:  150
DOB: 02-25-77
HOMETOWN: Jacksonville, FL
CITIZENSHIP: USA
COLLEGE: Loyola College
LAST CLUB: Richmond Kickers

Professional Experience and Honors:
2008
:  Burke finished his ninth season with the Kickers second on the team in scoring with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points in 2008.  Earning the USL-2 Assist Leader award for the second consecutive season, he was named to the USL-2 Team of the Week four times, garnering USL-2 Player of the Week honors twice.  Last season, Burke eclipsed the Kickers all-time career assists leader to hold the sole position in the franchise with 48 overall.  This year, the USL-2 MVP Finalist and All-League First Team midfielder leapfrogged into third place in the all-time career goals category with 33 and into second place in the all-time career games played category with 233.
2007: Named USL2 Most Valuable Player, Burke assumed the role of captain upon the mid-season retirement of Kevin Knight.  In his eighth season, Burke was named the USL2 Assists Leader and garnered Supporter’s Choice MVP honors for the third consecutive year (2005, 2006, 2007).  Finishing the regular season tied for scoring on the team with three goals and nine assists for 15 points, he earned USL2 First Team honors for the second straight season.  During the regular season, Burke was named to the USL2 Team of the Week three times (4/30/07, 5/21/07, 7/3/07) in addition to taking USL2 Player of the Week honors on June 19th for adding a goal and two assists during the Kickers 4-0 win over Bermuda.  Leading the team to back-to-back USL2 regular season titles and three consecutive Championship appearances, he eclipsed the all-time career assists leaders to hold the sole position in the franchise with 40 assists over eight seasons.
2006: Voted both Supporter’s Choice MVP and Player’s Choice MVP, Burke concluded his seventh season with the Kickers second on the team and in the league with 23 points on nine goals and five assists during 19 regular season matches, while helping to lead the Kickers to the regular season title and USL2 Championship.  Overall, the USL2 First Team honoree and USL Most Valuable Player Finalist finished the season with 10 goals and five assists for 25 points, starting 22 of 22 games played ( including US Open Cup and playoffs).  Named to the USL2 Team of the Week four times (5/15/06, 6/5/06, 6/12/06, 6/26/06), Player of the Week on June 12th, Burke garnered the MVP award of the USL2 Championship match on August 26th and moved into third on the Kickers all-time points career list with 75 points. 
2005: In his sixth season with the Kickers, Burke earned Supporter’s Choice MVP honors last season after finishing the 2005 campaign fifth on the team in scoring with three goals and four assists for 10 points.  Fourth on the Kickers all-time assists career list with 24, Burke appeared in 31 matches during the 2005 season, starting 23 for 1,991 minutes.  Two of his three goals this season were game-winners and he earned USL First Division Team of the Week honors on May 17th for two goals in two wins over Virginia Beach and Atlanta and again on June 14th for his assist in the 1-1 tie against Atlanta. 
2004: The experienced midfielder notched three assists in 26 games played this season.  With 20 assists overall, Burke is the Kickers second all-time career leader in assists and is in the top 10 career leaders in Kickers games played (130). 
2003:  Burke started 17 of the 23 matches he appeared in during the 2003 season.  He was second on the team in assists with six.  His speed and creativity up the right sideline gave Richmond an added dimension in 2003.
2002:  Burke appeared in 34 of the Kickers 37 games, notching two goals and four assists for 8 points.
2001:  In his first full season as a Richmond Kicker this crafty and speedy right-sided player tallied 4 goals and 5 assists overall (3 goals and 5 assists in league play) in 31 games played.  Burke, a right midfielder, showed flashes of brilliance through his technical ability and early flank service.
2000: Mike was drafted 41st overall (fourth round) in the MLS Superdraft by D.C. United.  He played in 7 games, starting 4 for D.C. After being released on June 2nd by United, he and was signed on June 15th by the Dallas Burn.  After playing in two games with Dallas for a total of 41 minutes he was released on June 30th.  Burke joined the Kickers a day later and tallied 3 goals and 2 assists for 8 points in 16 games played.  The former Loyola College standout was also named to the A-League team of the week on 7/24/00 (week 16).
1999: With the Charleston Battery of the A-League, Burke was named the club’s most valuable player and team offensive player of the year.  He finished second on the team in regular season scoring with 6 goals and 6 assists for 18 points.
1998: A-League Rookie of the Year, Burke started his professional career with the Jacksonville Cyclones and was acquired by the Charleston Battery in a late season trade.  Named to the All A-League second team, Mike scored in nine consecutive matches during the 1998 season and was also the third leading scorer in the league.

College Experience and Honors:
Burke played for two years at Loyola College.  He played in every game those two years and earned First Team MAAC Conference honors.

Other Experience:
Burke trained with Deportivo Cali in Colombia in 1997 and with Nottingham Forest in England in 1998.  In January, Burke was selected to the U.S. Under-23 National team Pool, and was selected MVP of the 1999 Umbro Select Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Professional Statistics

Club

Year

Games Played

Minutes

Goals

Assists

Points

Jacksonville (A-League)

1998

24

1826

14

1

29

Charleston (A-League) 

1998

5

217

2

1

5

Charleston (A-League)

1999

28

2243

6

6

18

D.C.  (MLS)   

2000

7

290

0

0

0

Dallas  (MLS) 

2000

2

41

0

0

0

Richmond Kickers 

2000

16

1169

3

2

8

Richmond Kickers  

2001

31

2045

4

5

13

Richmond Kickers  

2002

34

1704

2

4

8

Richmond Kickers  

2003

23

1261

1

6

8

Richmond Kickers

2004

26

1415

0

3

3

Richmond Kickers 

2005

31

1991

3

4

10

Richmond Kickers  

2006

22

1812

10

5

25

Richmond Kickers  

2007

23

1955

3

11

17

Richmond Kickers

2008

22

1345

7

8

22

Totals  

294

19314

55

56

166



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