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Steve David

Steve David NicknameSmell
PositionForward
Height6′ 0″ (1.83 m)
Date of Birth March 11th, 1951 (age 66)
Place of Birth Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago
Debut
Caps/Goals16    ( 15 goals)
Last ClubSan Diego Sockers (1980-1980)
Previous ClubsSan Jose Earthquakes (1980-1981), California Surf (1978-1979), Detroit Express (1978-1978), Los Angeles Aztecs (1977-1978), Miami Toros (1974-1976), Victory
SchoolsSt. Benedict's College


Those who witnessed Steve David during his debut season at the first-class level would have been left in doubt as to his lethal presence in the penalty-area.

The eighteen-year old Caroni FC forward ended 1969 as the top goal-getter in the Southern Amateur Football and continued his free-scoring ways spent four seasons in the Port of Spain Football League with Police and enjoyed a signature moment when he was named as one of the league's top-five players of the season in 1971 - the year in which he was included in Trinidad and Tobago's team at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia.

David's penchant for scoring goals definitely did not abate at the international level. He enjoyed 12 strikes during the 1974 World Cup-qualifying competition (including hattricks against Antigua & Barbuda and the Netherlands Antilles) and added four more goals to his tally during the 1978 elimination campaign. Those 16 World Cup-qualifying goals stood as a national record for World Cup goals from 1976 until 2005.

By this time the Point Fortin native had established himself as was one of the North American Soccer League's marquee players: even the legendary Pele once had to settle for being second best to the prolific striker.

This occurred at the end of the NASL's 1975 season, when David was the leading scorer with 52 points (23 goals and six assists, with two points awarded per goal and one point per assist). In the process he led his team, the Miami Toros, to the championship semi-finals and earned the league's Most Valuable Player award, with the New York Cosmos' Pele finishing second in the voting. This came a year after David had guided the Toros to the championship final the Soccer Bowl - at their home stadium, the Orange Bowl, where they were beaten by 4-3 on penalties by the Los Angeles Aztecs.

In 1977, David finished as NASL top-scorer again, this time with 58 points (26 goals, six assists) for the Aztecs and finished second in the MVP voting to the Cosmos' German icon, Franz Beckenbauer.

David eventually finished eighth in the listing of the NASL's all-time leading scorers with 228 points in 175 games, with his tally of 100 goals being the seventh-best in NASL history. He was named to the NASL All-Star First Team on two occasions (1975, 1977) and received an Honorable Mention in 1974.

Even at the end of his career, David still possessed the scoring touch. In each of his two seasons with the Phoenix Inferno in the Major Indoor Soccer League (1981-82 and 1982-83), David finished with 81 points, thanks to 58 goals in 44 games during the former campaign and 61 strikes in 47 affairs in the latter.
(T&T Sports Hall of Fame bio)



Honors for Steve
  • Inducted into Trinidad & Tobago's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Leading goalscorer of the North American Soccer League in 1977
  • Named to the North American Soccer League's First Team in 1977
  • North American Soccer League MVP in 1975
  • Leading goalscorer of the North American Soccer League in 1975
  • Named to the North American Soccer League's First Team in 1975

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