Steve Ralston

Steve Ralston ( born June 14, 1974 in Oakville, Missouri ) is a former American football player.

Steve Ralston holds the record for most appearances in the Major League Soccer.

Playing career


In 1996, he came through the young driver program MLS College Draft in the newly formed Major League Soccer from Florida International University. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Mutiny and was equal in the first season the MLS Rookie of the Year Award, the Young Investigator Award of the MLS. Ralston played for six years for Tampa Bay and left the team after it was disbanded in 2002. He went down in history when he set the record for most games with the club. Overall, it was 187 times on the court for the team from Florida.

In 2002 he went to New England Revolution. In his first year with the Revs he scored the most templates ( 19) this season. In the following seasons, he was several times captain of the team.

For the 2010 season Ralston left the Revs and moved to the new football franchise AC St. Louis in the USSF D2 Pro League, the second highest league in the United States. He was the first player who was taken from the new club under contract. At the same time he was also an assistant coach under then coach Claude Anelka. Due to financial difficulties that the club had, Ralston changed in June 2010 back to New England Revolution.

In his first game for the Revs he injured his elbow. In July 2010, he announced his resignation.


His first international match Ralston completed on 17 January 1997 against the Peruvian national football team.

In 2005 he graduated from 15 matches in a year, but was seen for the Football World Cup 2006 only as a possible alternative. His last appearance for the national team he had in 2007 at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Coaching career

After he had made his first experience as an assistant coach at AC St. Louis, he took over in July 2010, the site of the assistant coach at Houston Dynamo.


Steve Ralston is married to Rachel. With her ​​he had two daughters, Anna and Clara, and a son, Liam.