Jordan Older is an American soccer player, and one of the first American-born players to play professional soccer in Europe and professional 1st division soccer in Brazil.
Jordan Older was the first American to participate in Brazilian professional soccer teams in both the Brazilian 1st Division (Serie A) and Brazilian Paulista Championship 1st Division (Serie A1). Jordan Older was also one of the first Americans to sign professionally with a 1st team squad of a European soccer team in 1993, shortly after his 19th birthday with FC Waengi of Switzerland. While in Switzerland Jordan Older also trained with top professional coach and former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. head coach of the English Premiere League (EPL), Christian Gross, at 1st division Swiss club FC Wil also in 1993.
In Germany Jordan Older has trained and played professionally with Arminia Bielefeld of the 1st German Bundesliga, FC Rathenow, respectively, and other professional German clubs. As an agent he has negotiated deals with Bundesliga clubs as well as lower division professional soccer clubs in Germany.
Jordan Older became the first American to join a team in Brazil's oldest professional soccer league, the Campeonato Paulista Serie A1 in 1994 with União São João Esporte Clube in Araras, Brazil. Jordan Older was also the first American born player to join a team in the Campeonato Brasiliero Serie B (2nd division) with Paulista FC in 1994. União São João Esporte Clube also competed in the Brazilian Serie A (1st Division/Campeonato Brasiliero Serie A) during the same time period.
Jordan Older is the first American soccer player in both the Brazilian 1st Division (Serie A) and Brazilian Paulista Championship 1st Division (Serie A1). Jordan Older has been part of the US National Soccer Team training camp (soccer’s Dream Team/Team USA) and played professional soccer on 3 continents and in 7 countries including the Brazilian 1st Division (Campeonato Brasileiro Série A), Brazilian Paulista Championship 1st Division (O Paulistão/Campeonato Paulista Série A1) and professional teams in Germany and Switzerland.
Jordan Older played one friendly game for Major League Soccer (MLS) club Los Angeles Galaxy in 1997 under head coach Octavio Zambrano and along side players including Clint Mathis, Cobi Jones, Carlos Hermosillo, and Mauricio Cienfuegos.
Overall, Jordan Older has trained, trialed, and played professionally with more clubs and in more countries than any other American born player, on 3 continents (North America, Europe, and South America) and with professional clubs in 9 countries (USA, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, England, and Denmark) and setup tryouts as an agent for players in 4 countries (Germany, Spain, Brazil, and USA.)
Jordan Older was the first player ever to have his likeness scanned in 3D for the popular EA Sports video game FIFA World Cup Soccer.
In 1988 at age 15 Jordan Older was selected to a club team in Irvine, California coached by former USA Olympic Team and former US National Team head coach Derek Lawther to unofficially represent the USA in competitive youth soccer tournaments in Europe, playing against many youth teams of 1st division professional European clubs. Derek Lawther was one of the top professional coaches in the country at the time and recognized Jordan Older's talent at a young age and selected him for his club's tour of Europe. Derek Lawther was also the head coach at UC Irvine (NCAA Division 1), the California Surf in the NASL (North American Soccer League), and the California Sunshine in the ASL (American Soccer League), the last two were both 1st division professional soccer teams playing at the highest level of professional soccer in North American and the United States. Jordan Older immediately joined the U-15 and U-19 squads for the USA team, despite being only 15 years old. On this European tour in 1988, desptie his young age, Jordan Older was selected to play on the U-19 squad for the USA team in the opening game of Sweden's Dalecarlia Cup in front of over 20,000 fans in the IK Brage stadium in Borlänge, Sweden. Jordan Older also played against numerous U-15 and U-19 professional teams from Europe and South America in the Dana Cup, Dalecarlia Cup, and London Cup in the same trip