Name: John Ball
Date of Birth: 11/5/72
Hometown: Lakewood, OH
Previous Club: Rochester Rhinos (USL-1)
Ball, a marquee midseason signing by the Vortex, played in just 3 games in 2009-2010. The veteran scored 1 goal and registered 2 assists and 11 shots. Ball is the rare player that excels indoors or out, spending over 14 years as a professional player. The 38-year-old is certainly one of the most decorated players to ever play the indoor game.
He would make his MLS debut with Chicago Fire against Dallas Burn on Aug. 22, 1999. On Oct. 3, 1999 played a full 90 minutes vs. D.C. United in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. He would register a total of nine appearances, including two playoff matches with the Fire.
Ball would return to the outdoor game with the Rochester Rhinos of the USL's First Divsion, where he played for 2002-2009. He is still ranked in Rochester's all-time leaders in goals, points, and games played. Ball was named to the USL-1 Team of the Week a remarkable six times. In addition, he was named to the USL-1 All-Star Team in 2006 and received the prestigious Nothnagle Leadership and Dedication Award in 2007.
He also played for the MISL Cleveland Force from 1996-2004. His best year came in 2001/2002 when he scored a career-high 36 goals for the Force. Other highlights include the 2000/2001 season when he blocked 63 shots and in 2004/2005 when he registered 31 assists.
Other experience includes time with the California Cougars and Chicago Storm. As a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team, Ball participated in the Pan American Games, the CONCACAF Championship, and the FIFA World Championship.
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