(; born December 2, 1968 in Martinique) is a former French
-American soccer defender
who played for the United States
at the 1998
and 2002 World Cups
Regis began his pro career in 1988 with Valenciennes
and played there until 1993. He then transferred to Strasbourg
in 1993, Lens
in 1996, and Karlsruhe
in 1997. He transferred to Metz
after the 2002 FIFA World Cup, spent four years there, and then spent a season at Troyes
. Since the 04/05 season, Regis then spent time playing in the lower levels of the Belgian leagues with FC Bleid, Regis has since retired in summer 2008.
Since Regis's wife was an American citizen, an option to play for the United States appeared. Steve Sampson
, the U.S. national coach, jumped at the chance of having an experienced left back on the World Cup squad (though Regis's preferred position was always center back - where he was most successful in his club career), and promised Regis a starting position on the team if he became a U.S. citizen. Regis was naturalized
on May 20, 1998 and received his first cap
just three days later. Regis received the starting spot from Sampson in front of long-time starter Jeff Agoos
.Regis played all three matches in the World Cup, and despite being one of the more effective players for the US, the Americans lost all three of their group matches.
Regis made the U.S. roster for the 2002 FIFA World......