Andrew Olivieri (born March 27, 1981) is a retired Canadian soccer player who played professionally as a goalkeeper for the Montreal Impact and Trois-Rivières Attak. He also played for Canada internationally at many levels. He has since become a full-time coach and serves on various technical staffs on a Provincial, National and International level in his native country.
As of 2011, he is married to Marisa Fundaro.
1 Playing career
1.1 Southern Connecticut Fighting Owls,
1.2 Vermont Voltage,
1.3 Montreal Impact,
1.4 Trois-Rivières Attak,
1.5 Canadian National Team,
2 Coaching career,
4 External links,
Olivieri began playing amateur soccer with his home town of Montreal-North from 1987 to 1995. At which point he took his talent to Jean-Talon Rosemont, where he played from 1995 to 1999. During that period, he was a member of the Quebec teams. During his time with Jean-Talon Rosemont he was named into the all-star team from 1996 to 1999 and was named the goalkeeper of the year in 1996 and 1998. He won numerous Canadian championships with the Quebec teams and conceded only 2 goals in five consecutive years of national championships from 1995 to 1999
Southern Connecticut Fighting Owls:
From 1999 he went on to play college soccer with Southern Connecticut State University, where he was a four year starter and named into the conference and region all-star teams each year. His freshman year was the most memorable as he led SCSU to an NCAA National Championship and only the second ever perfect season recorded in NCAA history with a 20-0-0 record. To go with their 20 wins, Olivieri recorded 15 shutouts and led the nation with the best goals against average (0.25). His four year total was an impressive 45 shut-outs in 73 games.
Between 2001 until 2003 he played for the Vermont Voltage of the PDL, with Vermont he won the PDL New England conference in 2002 and 2003.
In 2003 he was the first overall draft pick of the Montreal Impact of the USL First Division. With two goalkeepers already under contract, Olivieri signed an amateur contract which allowed him to serve as the 3rd goalkeeper while also starting between the pipes for the Vermont Voltage of the PDL for one last season. With the Impact he won the regular-season title from 2003 to 2005, and the League Championship in 2004, and the Voyageurs Cup from 2003 to 2005. But mostly played as a back-up for Greg Sutton, which led him to sign with the Laval Dynamites of the Canadian Soccer League, where helped Laval reach the playoffs but were eliminated by Toronto Croatia by a score of 1-0.
As his contract expired with the Impact, Olivieri signed with newly expansion team the Trois-Rivières Attak of the 2007 CSL season. He made his debut on May 3 against Toronto Croatia, where the game resulted in a 0-0 tie. But unfortunately Oliveri sustained a leg injury and was forced to miss out the remainder of the season. Whereas the Attak claimed their first piece of silverware winning the Open Canada Cup and finishing runners-up in the National Division.
On April 24, 2008 Olivieri renewed his contract with the Attak. After fully recovering from his injury Olivieri played a career high season where he helped the Attak win the National Division, and allowed the fewest goals with only 12 goals conceded in 22 games. In the playoff run he recorded two shutouts in the quarter and semi-final games against St. Catharines Wolves and Portugal FC. On October 26 during the on-field ceremony before the CSL Final game against Serbian White Eagles, Olivieri was awarded the Goalkeeper of the Year award. But unfortunately the Attak were yet again defeated by the White Eagles where the game resulted in a 2-2 tie thanks to some notable heroics by Olivieri, but after extra time the game went into penalty kicks. During the kicks Olivieri saved three shots and even scored a goal, but teammate Davy Uwimana missed the final kick which resulted in 2-1 defeat on Penalty kicks.
Canadian National Team:
Between September 2003 and March 2004, he enjoyed his best moments with the Canadian National Team while taking part in Olympic Qualifying for the Athens games. As Canada's first choice goalkeeper, he helped the canucks through the preliminary rounds, beating the US Virgin Islands and El Salvador in a home and away series. The ladder requiring an exciting return leg where Canada won 1-0 to tie the aggregate score and then secured a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico through a shootout.
Although Canada did not secure a spot in the 2004 Olympic games, Olivieri shined in the final round of qualifying and was honored on the tournament all-star team. His performances earned him a call-up to the senior team earlier that year for an international friendly in Barbados where Canada won 1-0.
Olivieri was named as the Head Coach from Lakers du Lac St-Louis in 2008. From 2012 until now, he is Canada Soccer Women's Excel Program U-20 Director and Women's U-20 National Team Coach.
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