John Abe was born in Fuerth, West Germany and learned to play soccer as a child there. When he arrived in the United States in the mid 1970's, he attended and played at Northern High School.
While at Northern High School, John was selected to the All-Baltimore Metro team his sophomore, junior and senior year. He was also an All-State player his senior year. After high school, John attended Essex Community College. John had an outstanding career at Essex being named to the All-American Second Team his freshman year and topping that by being named to the All American 1st team his sophomore year. He was also selected All-Region XX First Team in both years of attendance and was a 2nd round draft pick of the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

While John was playing at Essex, he was also competing on the amateur club level in the Maryland Major Soccer League. John began his pro outdoor career by signing with the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League. The Bays in 1990, coached by Pete Caringi, were national champions with John scoring the game winner in PKs. The team disbanded after the 1991 season.

Besides playing outdoors, he also competed in the professional indoor circuit. John compiled an impressive indoor career with stops in Hershey, Chicago, Harrisburg and Baltimore. John was a two time National Professional Indoor League All Star. John finished with 149 goals and 105 assists in 6 years of indoor soccer.

He finished his professional career in 1995 with the Albany NY Alleycats of the USISL. In 2001 John was named to the Harrisburg Heat All Decade team.

Johnís biggest accomplishment in soccer was when he was elected to the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.


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