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Oscar Albuquerque (born Limamarker, Perumarker) is a former Canadian soccer midfielder. He spent most of his professional career playing indoor soccer with U.S. teams. He is currently the president of Pro Soccer International, an ownership group which holds the rights to American Indoor Soccer League teams in Chicagomarker and Rockford, Illinoismarker.

Youth and college

Albuquerque moved from his native Peru to Toronto, Canada with his family when he was fifteen. At the time, his older brother, Hugo Albuquerque, was playing semi-professionally in Canada . After graduating from high school, Albuquerque attended Laurentian Universitymarker where he was a member of the men’s soccer team from 1976 to 1979. He was All Canadian in 1977, 1978 and 1979.[260779] He is a member of the Laurentian University Athletic Hall of Fame.[260780]

Professional

Following graduation from college in 1980, Albuquerque signed with the Denver Avalanche of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). He spent two seasons with the Avalanche, before the team folded in 1982. He then moved to the Phoenix Inferno for the 1982-1983 season. In 1983, the team was renamed the Phoenix Pride. Albuquerque spent one more season in Phoenix with the Pride before moving to the Las Vegas Americans for the 1984-1985 season. The league expelled the Americans in July 1985. In February 1986, the Los Angeles Lazers were hit with numerous injuries. The team signed Albuquerque to a ten day contract. On February 23d, they signed him for the remainder of the season. That summer, he signed with the expansion New York Express, a team stocked with players from the New York Arrows and New York Cosmos. The Express were unable to match the success of those two teams and folded twenty-six games into the 1986-1987 season. Albuquerque moved to the Memphis Storm of the American Indoor Soccer Association for the remainder of the 1986-1987 season. He was back in MISL the next season with the Chicago Sting. However, the Sting folded at the end of the season and Albuquerque moved to the Chicago Power of the AISA for the next two seasons, 1988-1990. In 1990, the AISA was renamed the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Albuquerque finished his career with the Illinois Thunder of the NPSL with whom he played two seasons, 1990-1992.

National team

In 1979, Albuquerque was called into the Canadian Olympic soccer team at it entered qualification for the 1980 Summer Olympics. Canada did not qualify for the tournament. However, he did play for Canada in the Pan American Games, but these games are not full internationals.

Coaching

In his two seasons playing with the Illinois Thunder, Albuquerque also served as an assistant coach. On July 4, 2004, Albuquerque became an assistant coach with the expansion Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer League under head coach Frank Klopas.

Team management

In 2006, Albuquerque became the president of the expansion Rockford Thunder which competes in the American Indoor Soccer League (AISL).


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