Meet Chris Keenan, the owner of Kingdom Sports

Chris KeenanKingdom Sports is 100% dedicated to providing youth soccer development, offering a variety of summer sports camps, and maintaining the best indoor soccer facility in the area. Chris Keenan, the facility’s owner, has a wide range of experience in coaching, teaching, and encouraging players of all ages. With a proven track record that spans over thirty years, Chris is the area’s leading expert in both adult and youth soccer. Whether you’re interested in building your confidence, finding a new summer activity, or anything in between, you can be confident that Chris will work with you to grow and develop your skills.

Notables

  • The only player to play in two NCAA Division I National Championship games for two different teams: Indiana University in 1984 and San Diego State University in 1987.
  • Played on the 1984 Indiana University team that still holds the NCAA Division I unbeaten streak at 43 games.
  • Captained Indiana University in 1986 for the NCAA’s winningest soccer coach, Jerry Yeagley.
  • Was a 1987 Hermann trophy finalist for College Soccer’s National Player of the Year.
  • Was the 14th overall pick in the 1988 Professional Draft, by the San Diego Sockers.
  • Played professionally for the San Diego Nomads and the Detroit Rockers.
  • At the age of 28, was the youngest professional head coach in the United States, coaching the Detroit Neon at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Was a TV color commentator in 1992 for the Detroit Rockers on what is now Fox Sports Detroit.
  • Coached at the highest levels of US Soccer, including professional, NCAA Division I, and National Olympic Development programs.
  • Is a proud member of three Athletic Halls of Fame.

Athletic Halls of Fame

  • United Soccer Leagues – Class of 2005
  • San Diego State University – Class of 2002
  • Gull Lake High School – Inaugural class of 2000

Coaching Career

  • 1988 – 1990: San Diego State University (Assistant Coach).
  • 1993 – 1995: Detroit Neon (Continental Indoor Soccer League, Head Coach). Team played at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • 1995 – Present: Kalamazoo Kingdom (United Soccer Leagues)
  • 2000: United Soccer Leagues Olympic Development Program National Camp

Playing Career

Gull Lake High School
1980 – 1984: Captain

Indiana University
1984: NCAA Finalist and first team All-Freshman All-American
1985: Leading scorer
1986: IU Captain and member of United States Olympic Festival – Houston
1986: Played on the North team at the 1986 Olympic Festival Trials in Houston

San Diego State University
1987: NCAA Finalist
1987: Hermann Award Finalist
1987: Senior Bowl – Los Angeles

San Diego Sockers
1988: 14th overall pick in the Major Indoor Soccer League

San Diego Nomads (Western Alliance)
1988 – 1990

Detroit Rockers (National Professional Soccer League)
1990 – 1991

Keenan coached these notable former US-based players…

Caleb Porter
Portland Timbers, of Major League Soccer (MLS), Head Coach
Head Coach University of Akron – 2010 NCAA Division 1 Champion

Eric Wynalda (former teammate)
USA Honda Player of the Decade 1990’s
USA 3 World Cups – 106 appearances – 34 goals – current Champions League and EPL commentator

Marcelo Balboa
USA 3 World Cups – 128 appearances –13 goals – current ABC, ESPN US National team announcer

B.J. Snow
US Women’s Under 17 National Team
Former UCLA women’s head coach

Nick Carlin-Voigt
Current UCLA men’s assistant coach

Bryan “The Goose” Finnerty (former teammate)
Detroit Rockers goalkeeper for 10 years

Keenan coached these English professional players…

Steve Kinsey, Manchester City
Detroit Neon 1994 – 1995

Terry “The Spider” Rowe, Brentford FC
Detroit Neon 1994 – 1995

Jon Challinor, Cambridge United
Kalamazoo Kingdom 1999 – 2000