Great players: Ariel Reynolds

Probably more of an interesting than a great player, Ariel Reynolds career was typical of many of the soccer journeymen that played in North American soccer in the 1970’s. His career prior to playing in North American was said to include spells with Uruguay’s biggest club Penarol and a call-up to the Uruguayan national team.

Ariel (Al) Reynolds was born in Durazom, Uruguay, on December 28, 1950. He attended the Liceo Ocho School in Las Piedras. He was said to be a member of the 1968 Uruguayan national champion team Penarol. When Penarol tied for the title in 1969 he was said to have recieved his call up to the Uruguyan national team, but injury forced him to wihdraw from the team.

Then followed three years with Mexican club Atlético Espanol who were based in Mexico City.

Late in the 1973 American Soccer League season he joined the Cincinnati Comets. He would go on to play for the Comets for three seasons. In the 1975 ASL season he scored eight goals and had one assist. Prior the 1975 season he had a try-out with North American Soccer League club San Antonio Thunder.

In April 1976 he signed with Windsor Stars in the National Soccer League. Reported in the Windsor Star newspaper to have been playing in Mexico the past season this would later turn out to be incorrect. On May 17 the Star newspaper reported how the Windsor Stars had struggled to get his release so that he could play in the NSL. They first tried to get his release from Mexico but this gave no results. It was then said that he had been playing for Chicago Sting in the NASL, this was however also wrong. It turned out that he had been playing for the Croatia club in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ariel made his league debut for the Windsor Stars on Saturday May 15 in Montreal against Montreal Castors. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. He scored his first goal for the Stars in a 6-0 win over Macedonia on June 5 at Windsor Stadium. He also scored in a 13-0 win over Welland Lions on August 29.

Windsor Stars finished fifth in the league standings. Ariel left the team after the 1976 season.

In the 1977 season Ariel played for the Cleveland Cobras in the American Soccer League. He was said to have been sensational in his first tryout for the Cobras, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on two others in 5-4 win over Ohio College All-Stars. Ariel played in 24 league games for the Cobras in the 1977 season. He scored three goals and had four assists.

He spent the winter of 1977-1978 for the Pan American Bulls team in the Lake Erie Soccer League.

On March 20, 1978, Ariel was added to the Rochester Lancers tryout roster. In the beginning of April he was cut by the North American Soccer League club.

In May 1978 he joined New Jersey Americans of the American Soccer League. He played in seven games and had one assist for the Americans.

Ariel later became a soccer coach in Ohio.

Sources: newspapers.com, 1979 ASL Yearbook, 1977 Cleveland Cobras Media Guide

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