|Date of birth||January 30, 1970|
|Place of birth||Mansfield, Connecticut, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|1992–1993||Milwaukee Wave (indoor)||5||(2)|
|1995||New York Fever|
|United States U16|
|–||United States U20|
|1995–1997||California Golden Bears (assistant)|
|–||Stanford University (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Lyle Yorks (born January 30, 1970) is a retired American soccer midfielder who played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League, USISL and Major League Soccer. He was the 1987 Gatorade National Player of the Year and was a member of the U.S. soccer teams at both the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship and 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship. He is the Managing Director of James Grant Sports.
Yorks attended E. O. Smith High School where he was part of a two time state championship soccer team. Yorks was a two time Parade Magazine and NSCAA High School All American and in 1987, he was the Gatorade National Player of the Year. In 1988, he entered the University of Virginia where he played on the 1989 and 1991 NCAA Championship soccer team. He captained the team in 1991 as the Cavaliers tied with the Santa Clara Broncos for the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship. He graduated with a bachelor degree in sociology from Virginia and later earned a masters degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco.
In 1985, Yorks was a member of the U.S. U-16 national team which went 1–2 in the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship. Yorks played all three games. In 1989, he played two games for the U.S. U-20 national team which took fourth place at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.
On November 21, 1992, Yorks signed with the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League. He played only five games before being waived on January 7, 1993 in order to free up a roster spot for Paul Wright. Yorks then moved to Denmark where he signed with Næstved BK for the 1993–1994 Danish 1st Division season. In 1995, he played for the New York Fever of the USISL. In December 1995, he signed with Major League Soccer as the league prepared for its first season in 1996. However, he was not selected in the January 1996 MLS drafts. In February 1998, Yorks was invited to the D.C. United training camp. On March 10, 1998, United signed Yorks. He played one game, then was waived on May 11, 1998. A month later, he played an exhibition game with the Richmond Kickers. The team hoped to sign him for the remainder of the regular season, but Yorks retired from playing professionally.
He was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
Lyle is currently the Global Head of Sport for James Grant Sports Management Ltd. As USSF registered FIFA agent, Lyle has brokered some of the biggest deals for US players both in MLS and Europe.
- VIRGINIA NAMES SOCCER CAPTAINS Richmond Times-Dispatch – Tuesday, September 3, 1991
- FIFA Player Profile
- November 21, 1992 Transactions
- NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1992–1993 Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- Wave makes Wright move, signs all-star Milwaukee Sentinel – Thursday, January 7, 1993
- MLS CLOSE TO SIGNING COLOMBIAN SUPERSTAR Washington Post – Wednesday, December 13, 1995
- D.C. United Transactions[permanent dead link]
- DUGAN MAKES MOST OF RETURN WITH KICKERS Richmond Times-Dispatch – Thursday, June 18, 1998
- 2008 Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Archived 2008-08-07 at the Wayback Machine
- Proactive Management Team