MLS Career Playoff Highlights: Has yet to appear in a postseason match, but was a member of the Crew's 2008 MLS Cup championship team...
U.S. Open Cup Career Highlights: Had appeared in three games, with two starts, entering this season... Had one shutout in that time.
2012: Gruenebaum enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, starting 33 matches in place of the injured William Hesmer. The netminder recorded a League-high 124 saves on his way to 13 wins and eight shutouts. The veteran was a strong contender in All-Star and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year voting, boasting a 1.26 goals against average. Gruenebaum recorded his first career assist on September 29, sending a long ball to a sprinting Jairo Arrieta to help defeat the Philadelphia Union. The netminder earned the Crew's 2012 Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year and Breakthrough Performance awards.
2011: The Crew goalkeeper made two starts, recording shutouts in each. He also started in seven Reserve matches and the Crew's U.S. Open Cup match against Richmond.
2010: Gruenebaum did not appear in a regular season match after missing the first three months of the season with a right hip impingement He started both MLS Playoff matches against Colorado, recording seven saves. He started in all six matches and went 4-2 in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League, recording three shutouts.Gruenebaum started in all four matches in the Crew's run to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, recording a shutout on July 6 vs. the Charleston Battery.
2009 MLS Season: Started in 10 matches, all starts... Had two yellow cards... Missed matches on 9/20, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/25 due to R hip impingement... 2009 U.S Open Cup: Started Round of 16 match at Rochester.
2008 MLS Season: Appeared in and started in one game, a 3-1 loss at N.Y. on 10/18... 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Was a member of the Crew's 2008 MLS Cup championship team, but did not see action in the playoffs... 2008 U.S. Open Cup: Started in the USOC Qualifier vs. RSL on 5/27, registering a shutout in the process... 2008 Reserve Division: Appeared and started in seven games... Finished with a 2-4-1 record and 1.29 goals-against average.
2007 MLS Season: Started all 10 games in which he appeared... Followed up his first career shutout, earned in season-opening 0-0 tie vs. N.Y. on 4/7, with his second career clean sheet against RSL on 4/14, another scoreless draw... Registered third shutout of season on 4/28, a 1-0 win over D.C. ... Went 1-4-5 on season with a 1.50 GAA... 2007 U.S. Open Cup: Came on as a sub and played the final 56 minutes of the Crew’s USOC qualifier vs. L.A. on 4/24 and did not surrender a goal... 2007 Reserve Division: Started all five games in which he appeared, finishing with a 2-1-2 record... Posted a 1.40 GAA and one shutout.
2006 MLS Season: Appeared in three matches overall and started the final two games of the season, going 1-1-0... Earned his first career win in his first start on 10/7 at Chicago, making five saves in the 4-1 win... Made seven saves in 1-0 loss at N.E. on 10/14... Made his MLS debut on 5/20 vs. D.C., coming on as a substitute after Jon Busch tore his right ACL. Played the final five minutes with a broken right hand suffered in practice the day before... Missed 13 games with the broken hand... 2006 Reserve Division: Appeared in nine games, eight of them starting assignments... Went 0-5-1 with one shutout and a 1.87 goals-against average.
Other Pro Highlights: Trained with Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League in January 2007.
College: Posted a 0.91 goals-against average and 21 shutouts in 66 career games at the University of Kentucky… 2005: Played every minute of every game, going 6-6-6 with a 0.97 goals-against average and six shutouts... Was named to the Conference USA first team in the Wildcats’ first year in the conference… Named to All-Great Lakes Region first team… Was a preseason first-team All-America selection... 2004: Started all 19 games and posted a 0.81 GAA and six shutouts... Did not allow more than one goal in final 17 games of the season... Was named first-team All-Mid-American Conference… 2003: Played every minute of every game and recorded 10 shutout and a 0.69 GAA, which was second best in a season in school history... Made two saves in penalty-kick shootout against Cincinnati to help UK advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament... Was named first-team All-MAC… 2002: Started seven games, recording three victories and a 1.67 GAA.
Other Amateur Highlights: Won a USL Premier Development League Cham¬pionship with the Des Moines Menace in 2005 and was named MVP of the PDL National Championship Game… Helped the Menace advance to the fourth round of the 2005 U.S. Open Cup tournament… Named an All-American as a senior at Blue Valley North High School in Kansas… Claimed the NSCAA Kansas Player of the year award in 2000… Awarded a spot on the Midwest Region team in 2000.
Personal: The son of Mike and Kris Grunenebaum... Was married to the former Lacey Sims in Jan. 2010... Has an older brother, Ben, who is an Aerospace Engineer... Is an avid fan of the NHL New Jersey Devils... Enjoys movies and owns more than 500 DVDs... Majored in business at Kentucky.