Defender Rauwshan McKenzie signed with Chivas USA during the club’s 2012 preseason after spending two seasons with Real Salt Lake. Starting his professional career after being selected in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City Wizards, McKenzie made his MLS debut on July 4, 2009 against Houston Dynamo in a 1-0 win for the Wizards. He attended Michigan State University where he played college soccer making 79 appearances (72 consecutive starts), scored four goals and had five assists, helped his team win two NCAA College Cup and earned several honors, including All-Big Ten Rookie Team in 2004 and All-Big Team First-Team in 2007.
During his time at Michigan State, McKenzie played three summers in the USL Premier Development League with the Michigan Bucks (2005-06) and Chicago Fire Premier (2007). Growing up in the Chicago area, McKenzie played with the Chicago Sockers F.C. youth soccer program where he won many championships and four consecutive Illinois State Cup titles from 2001-04. He got married in Dominican Republic in December 2011, has a younger brother named Khaliq, and is an avid videogamer as well as movie junkie.
2011: Played 90 minutes in Real Salt Lakes’ 2-0 win @ New England Revolution on April 9. Started his second game of the regular season in RSL’s 4-1 loss @ D.C. United on Sept. 24.
2010: Amassed 644 minutes and tallied one assist in eight matches (six starts) across MLS regular season, CONCACAF Champions League and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action … Made his RSL debut off the bench in season opener on 3/27 @ SJ, playing final 27 minutes of the 3-0 win in place of an injured Nat Borchers … Started and went the full 120 min. in RSL’s LHUSOC qualifier on 4/17 @ SJ, a wild 3-3 draw that RSL advanced from via a 5-3 triumph in penalties … Made second League appearance on 5/08 v. PHI, playing 17 min. while helping RSL close out a 3-0 victory … Started and played full 90 minutes in RSL’s 1-1 home draw with Mexican U-21 Nat’l Team on 5/15 … Started and went the distance on 6/02 @ DC in U.S. Open Cup qualifier, logging 120 minutes in the 1-2 OT defeat … Started and played 57 minutes on 6/19 in RSL’s 2-0 exhibition win over Puntarenas F.C. (Costa Rica) … Made first start in MLS play for RSL on 8/11 @ PHI, going the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw in the team’s first visit to PPL Park … Pressed into service on 8/25 @ Cruz Azul, playing all 90 minutes in the rain-soaked 4-5 “instant classic” defeat in Mexico City … Introduced to Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry on 9/25 v. COL via a 90-minute performance in the riveting 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium … Helped RSL to the top of the CCL Group A standings on 10/19 v. Cruz Azul, going the full 90 minutes and registering an assist on Paulo Jr.’s opener (43’) to help RSL to a 3-1 triumph in Sandy.
2009: Started in all five of his appearances in League play for Kansas City in his second MLS campaign, going the full 90 minutes in four of those contests … Made MLS debut on 7/04 v. HOU, going the distance in a 0-1 Independence Day defeat … Also started on 7/11 @ NE, 7/25 v. LA, 8/01 @ DAL & 8/22 @ SJ.
2008: Michigan State product failed to crack Wizards line-up in MLS play during rookie campaign … Selected in fourth round (53rd overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft … Made his professional debut on 7/08 v. Seattle Sounders FC in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal … Played in all 11 of the Wizards’ MLS Reserve Division contests.
Appeared in 79 contests, making 72 consecutive starts … Scored four goals and had five assists out of the back while helping the Spartans to a pair of NCAA College Cup Tournament appearances … Earned several honors, including All-Big Ten Rookie Team (2004) and All-Big Ten First-Team (2007) accolades as a member of the Spartans’ defense … 2007: Scored two goals and handed out two assists while helping Michigan State gain an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament … Named to All-Big Ten First-Team and Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season Third-Team … 2006: Started all 19 games ... Scored header v. Ohio State on 11/02 for first goal in an eventual Big Ten Tournament loss … Recorded game-winning assist against Butler on 9/10 … Paced a stingy defense that allowed just 0.75 goals per game … 2005: Started all 19 games ... Recorded a goal and an assist against Wisconsin on 10/30 … Helped lead the Spartan backfielders to allow just 0.83 goals per game … 2004: Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Appeared in all 20 games, starting 13, including each of the last 12 … Assisted on game-winning goal in the Big Ten Championship game against Northwestern on 11/14.
Club / High School
During his time at Michigan State, would further hone his skills by playing three summers in the USL Premier Development League between the Michigan Bucks (2005-06) and Chicago Fire Premier (2007) … Member of ODP Illinois state team (1999-2002) and ODP Region II Camp (1999-2002) … Helped ODP squad to Regional Championships in 2000 & 2001 and a fourth-place finish at the 2002 National ODP Championships ... A native of the Chicagoland area, grew up playing his club soccer for Chicago Sockers F.C., a nationally prominent youth soccer program based in Palatine, Ill. … Impressive results with Sockers F.C. included the 2004 Jefferson Cup Champions, 2004 Dallas Cup Finalist, and third-place at 2002 National Championship … Also won four straight Illinois State Cup titles from 2001-04.
Born Nov. 19, 1986 … Son of Marc and Donna McKenzie … Was a criminal justice major at Michigan State.