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Panayiotis Alexiou "Peter" Vagenas (born February 6, 1978) is a former American soccer player.

Panayiotis Alexiou "Peter" Vagenas

Career
High school and college

Vagenas graduated from Saint Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, class of 1996, where he captained the team to a CIF Southern Section Championship his senior year, as well as being named CIF SS divisional player of the year. Vagenas played club soccer for Afshin Ghotbi. He played college soccer at UCLA from 1996 to 1999, leading them to the NCAA title in 1997, and finished his career there with 15 goals and 30 assists in 82 games. He was elected team MVP during his campaign at UCLA.


Professional

Vagenas was drafted by Los Angeles Galaxy in the second round of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft and subsequently spent nine years with the team, winning the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and 2005, and the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005, captaining the team to the 2005 double. Vagenas missed most of 2007 and 2008 due to injury, but during his time with Galaxy he scored 14 goals and 12 assists in 183 league appearances, plus added two goals and two assists in the playoffs. He was a fan favorite with Galaxy due to his energetic play and local roots (earning him the nickname "Pasadena Pete").

On November 26, 2008, Vagenas was selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft.[1]

After two seasons with Seattle, Vagenas was traded to Colorado Rapids on November 22, 2010.[2] After the trade Colorado declined Vagenas's contract option and he elected to participate in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Vagenas became a free agent in Major League Soccer when he was not selected in the Re-Entry draft; after a couple of months out of the game he signed for expansion side Vancouver Whitecaps FC in April 2011.[3] At season's end, Vancouver declined his 2012 contract option and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Vagenas was not selected in the draft and became a free agent.

He was signed by Chivas USA on February 22, 2012.[4] His contract expired after 2012 and he made himself eligible for the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft in December 2012. Vagenas became a free agent after he went undrafted in both rounds of the draft.


International

Vagenas played for the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics, scoring three goals, all on penalty kicks. He earned his first cap for the senior national team on October 25, 2000 against Mexico, but injuries have curtailed his appearances at the international level. He has earned three caps to date. He was also the captain and leading scorer in the 1999 Pan American Games in Canada for the USA national team.
Statistics

Season Club League Apps. Goals
2000 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 16 3
2001 26 3
2002 17 0
2003 20 0
2004 12 0
2005 29 5
2006 25 2
2007 24 0
2008 14 1
2009 Seattle Sounders FC 14 0
2010 7 0
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 16 0
2012 Chivas USA 1 0
Total Last Updated: February 22, 2012 221 14


Personal life

Peter was born to Alex and Tassia Vagenas. He and his three siblings, George, Theoni and Dino were raised in Pasadena, California. Vagenas now resides in Pasadena along with his wife Mindy.[5]
Honors
Los Angeles Galaxy

CONCACAF Champions' Cup (1): 2000
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2): 2001, 2005
Major League Soccer MLS Cup (2): 2002, 2005
Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield (1): 2002
Major League Soccer Western Conference Championship (2): 2002, 2005

Seattle Sounders FC

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1): 2009

References

"MLS announces expansion in Seattle". MLS.net. 2008-11-26. Archived from the original on 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
Mayers, Joshua (November 22, 2010). "Sounders FC trade Vagenas to Colorado for two defenders". The Seattle Times.
"Whitecaps FC add experienced midfielder Peter Vagenas". Whitecapsfc.com. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
Adam Serrano. "Center back McKenzie hopes to finally stick at Chivas | Chivas USA". Cdchivasusa.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2012-02-24.

[1] Archived February 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

Peter Vagenas at Major League Soccer

United States men's soccer squad – 2000 Summer Olympics – Fourth Place

1 Friedel 2 Dunseth 3 McCarty 4 Agoos 5 O'Brien 6 Hejduk 7 DiGiamarino 8 Califf 9 Olsen 10 Vagenas 11 Albright 12 Corrales 13 Donovan 14 Victorine 15 Whitfield 16 Wolff 17 Casey 18 Howard Coach: Charles


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UCLA Bruins Men's Soccer 1997 NCAA Champions

1 Matt Reis 3 Josh Keller 4 Kevin Coye 5 Junior Gonzalez 6 Carlos Bocanegra 7 Peter Vagenas 8 Tom Poltl 9 Seth George 10 Shaun Tsakiris 12 Sasha Victorine 14 Nick Theslof 17 Jimmy Conrad 18 Nick Rimando 19 McKinley Tennyson 20 Steve Shak

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