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Johanes Maliza (born September 10, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American soccer midfielder who, in 2004 and 2005, played for the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division. He has since entered politics and law.

Soccer

Maliza attended Latin School of Chicago where he was a Parade Magazine High School All American. He then played his college soccer at Stanford from 1999 to 2002 along with Roger Levesque and Todd Dunivant.[1] He graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in history. On January 17, 2003, the San Jose Earthquakes selected Maliza 46th overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. He suffered a severe right hamstring injury in the early pre-season which prevented him from playing for several months. On May 31, 2003, he finally signed a developmental contract with the Quakes.[2] He failed to see any playing time and was waived in September. He signed with the Islanders in 2004 and retired from playing professionally following the 2005 season.

Law

Following his retirement from soccer, Maliza entered politics and law. In 2006, he worked for the Harold Ford campaign in Knox County, Tennessee.[3] He travelled to Kenya where he worked in the Legal Advice Center. He then entered Harvard Law School where he was selected for a 2008 Chayes Fellowship[4] and wrote for the Harvard Law Record.
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