Returning to the team in August 2012, the 27-year-old Bobby Burling started his second stint in Red-and-White. The defender, who begins his seventh MLS season in 2013, was acquired in a trade with the Montreal Impact. Burling appeared in 3 games in 2012, all three as a starter.
The Clear Lake City, Texas native was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2007 supplemental draft out of Loyola Marymount. Burling was signed by Chivas USA three months later where he made 23 appearances through the 2007-2009 seasons. Burling played with the San Jose Earthquakes before being picked in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft by the Montreal Impact.
2010: Appeared in 18 games, making 16 starts … Made 2010 debut and played full 90 minutes on 5/1 vs. COL ... Scored first goal of MLS career in the 85th minute on 5/8 vs. NY ... Started and played full 90 minutes on 5/15 at NE ... Played 90 minutes and notched first career assist at SEA on 5/22 ... Received yellow card on 5/29 vs. TOR … Started vs. CLB on 6/2 and received a yellow card before coming off in the 76th minute … Started and played the full 90 minutes at RSL on 6/25, vs. D.C. on 7/3, at PHI on 7/10, at LA on 7/22, vs. SEA on 7/31 … Started and played 41 minutes on 8/7 at COL … Entered the game as a substitute in the 89th minute on 8/14 vs. KC … Started and played the full 90 minutes vs. LA on 8/21, at NY on 8/28 … Entered the game as a substitute in the 56th minute at HOU on 9/5 … Made his first start since 8/28 on 10/16 vs. HOU, playing 90 minutes … Started and played the full 90 minutes on 10/20 vs. CHV … DNP - 10/23 at KC … Exhibition: Started and played 90 minutes on 6/12 vs. CHV … Started and played 90 minutes on 7/17 vs. Tottenham Hotspur ... Open Cup: Started and played full 120 minutes on 4/14 against RSL, making first appearance of 2010 … MLS Cup Playoffs: DNP - 10/30 vs. NY, 11/4 at NY or 11/13 at COL.
2009: Acquired from CHV on 9/11 in exchange for a third round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft … Appeared in seven matches with the Quakes, starting six ... Made 2009 debut for CHV on 7/11 vs. LA, coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute … Made Earthquakes debut on 9/23 at COL, starting and playing the full 90 minutes.
2008: Made his MLS debut on May 11, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to New England ... played 20 matches (18 as a starter) ... Led all center backs on Chivas USA with 1,659 minutes.
2007: Joined Chivas USA as a Developmental Player on April 11, 2007 .... Did not make a first-team appearance during the season ... Played nine games (five starts) for the Reserve Team ... Scored two goals ... Originally drafted by the LA Galaxy as the 45th overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
After four years at Loyola Marymount University, Burling finished an accomplished career ranked in the top six of the LMU records in goals, assists, and points ... Captain in his senior year and was named team MVP ... Named three times to the All-West Coast Conference teams ... On the NSCAA All-Far West second team in 2006, and third team in 2004.
Graduated in 2003 from Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, Colo. ... Four year letterwinner in soccer and basketball, captaining both teams ... All-time leading scorer on the Lewis-Palmer soccer team.
Parents are Jim and Micci ... Played soccer with his older brother, Jimmy at LMU ... Sister Becci is on the volleyball team at Duke University … Majored in business marketing and graduated in 3.5 years … favorite book is Hatchet ... Favorite movies include Dumb and Dumber, Old School, and Bad Boys ... Favorite music is Dave Matthews Band … Best soccer memory is winning the Colorado state title (3-0) at Lewis-Palmer on a team with his brother.