Amir Lowery

Player Relations Manager

Amir Lowery is the Player Relations Manager for MLSPA, supporting and advocating for the player pool on a wide variety of issues.  With a focus on international players in MLS, Amir is consistently engaged with Spanish speaking players to help them adapt, adjust and thrive in their new environments.  He also helps coordinate the MLSPA’s charitable initiative, Player’s Promise.

In addition to his work with MLSPA, Amir is a DC native artist, photographer and soccer coach with deep roots in the nation’s capital.  After attending all DC Public Schools, Lowery went on to play collegiate soccer at Wake Forest University. He was selected 45th overall in the 2005 Major League Soccer Draft, and enjoyed a professional career that spanned 8 years and 5 different clubs - Colorado Rapids, Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC), San Jose Earthquakes, Montreal Impact, and Carolina Railhawks (now NCFC).  

Amir began his career transition by moving back to DC, exploring his creative side and building a freelance photography business.  His work encompasses portraiture, events, stills and culinary photography, as well as several mediums of photography based art. Never far from the soccer field, Amir has always stayed close to the game by coaching youth soccer.  He holds a USSF ‘B’ Coaching license, and has coached locally with Bethesda (MD) Soccer Club and DC Stoddert Soccer Club. Amir is currently the head coach of the Varsity Boys team at Cardozo High School in DC.

Coaching pay-to-play travel soccer gave Amir a first hand look at the obstacles and barriers to entry that players from low-income families face.  Passionate about inner-city youth being able to access the beautiful game, Amir co-founded Open Goal Project in 2015, a nonprofit dedicated to helping youth soccer players navigate the financial and logistical challenges that persist in American club soccer.  As the Executive Director for Open Goal Project, Amir plays an active role in programming, business strategy, coaching and mentorship for a growing number of youth in the DC area.