Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington
Michael Harrington
Michael Harrington
Chicago Fire
Real Name: Michael Harrington
HT: 6' 0" WT: 170
Age: 30 (01/24/1986)
Birthplace: Greenville, NC
Hometown: Greenville, NC

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed for the Chicago Fire as a free agent on Jan. 18, 2016.


  • An eight-year MLS veteran who spent the first six years of his career in Kansas City and the last two years in Portland. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City, Harrington sits among Sporting KC’s career leaders in regular-season games (149) and minutes played (11,633).


  • Started 21 of the 25 games he appeared in, contributing two assists during the year.


  • Started 33 of the club's 34 matches during the regular season, missing the one game due to injury.
  • He led the club with 2,951 minutes played and set new career highs in games and minutes played during the 2013 regular season.
  • He played a role in the defense that produced 14 of 15 clean sheets recorded during the season, including playing five straight shutouts at home.
  • Played in two matches during the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping the club reach the semifinals, its deepest run in the U.S. Open Cup in club history.


  • Started nine of only 11 games, but surpassed 12,000 minutes played in MLS competition, including postseason.
  • Assisted on the game-winning goal by Kei Kamara in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on May 27


  • Appeared in a total of 23 matches in 2011, 16 of them starts, helping Sporting KC to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.


  • Started 29 matches and recorded four assists and was a staple at the team’s left back position.
  • Named player of the month for June and played the full 90 in 2-1 win over Manchester United in summer friendly.


  • Played 27 matches (17 starts) for Sporting KC, logging 1,682 minutes, and finished tied for third on the team with three assists.


  • Started all 30 regular-season matches in just his second season in Kansas City.
  • Scored two goals and contributed two assists during the regular season
  • Started both matches of the club’s postseason series against the eventual MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew.


  • Named the club’s rookie of the year after appearing 29 regular-season matches, scoring three goals and contributing four assists.
  • Scored his first MLS goal three minutes into his first career MLS start, leading Sporting KC to a 4-2 season-opening win over D.C. United April 14, 2007 at RFK Stadium.
  • Started and played 90 minutes in each of match of Sporting KC’s two-game postseason series against Chivas USA.


  • Harrington was one of nine original members of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s U-17 residency program at the Bradenton (Florida) Academy in 1999
  • Was a member of the U-17 national side that competed in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championships in Finland.
  • Competed with the U.S. U-20 National Team in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championships in Holland under coach Sigi Schmid
  • Spent time with the U.S. U-23 National Team leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, before being selected as an alternate.


  • Attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 2003-06, playing in 82 games, registering four goals and 14 assists
  • Helped the Tar Heels make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and was named to the preseason Hermann Trophy watch list prior to his senior season in 2006.
  • Selected to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team following his senior year, while earning all-ACC and all-South Region honors in 2005.


  • Majored in exercise and sport science in college.
  • Enjoys listening to music (especially R&B), reading, playing poker and working on his golf game.
  • Favorite soccer player growing up was Thierry Henry, and favorite club is Arsenal.
  • Best soccer memory is scoring three minutes into his professional career.
  • Always puts left shin guard and left shoe on first when preparing for matches.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2015Colorado Rapids14140126012110120
2014Portland Timbers25210174923022011
2013Portland Timbers33330295113026220
2012Sporting Kansas City11908771009110
2011Sporting Kansas City23160149502014050
2010Kansas City Wizards29290256043221030
2009Kansas City Wizards27170168239619140
2008Kansas City Wizards30302259725432140
2007Kansas City Wizards292732422415938710
Career Totals-22119651759318422219113231
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