Chris Birchall

Chris Birchall
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Midfielder
  • 5' 9"
  • 180 lbs.
  • 05-05-1984
  • Stafford, England

Acquired by Los Angeles: Signed by the Galaxy on July 8, 2009.

A veteran who is capable of playing anywhere in the midfield, Chris Birchall is back for his third season with the Galaxy. The 26-yearold native of England appeared in 25 games during his first full season with the club in 2010. Still looking for his first goal in MLS, Birchall’s partnership with Juninho in central midfield at the start of last season was paramount to the Galaxy’s early season success. A member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Team, Birchall will look to repeat that form throughout the 2011 campaign.

MLS Highlights

2010: In his first full season with the Galaxy, Birchall established himself in the heart of the LA midfield. Typically playing alongside Juninho, Birchall appeared in 25 games in 2010, making 23 starts and collecting two assists. His first assist came on Michael Stephens’ game-winning goal at Columbus on 5/29, while his second came in the 3-1 loss at home against Colorado when he helped set up Edson Buddle for his 17th and final goal of the year. Birchall was forced to leave that game late in the first half because of an injury that ruled him out for the season finale against FC Dallas and limited him to just appearances off the bench in the postseason. The only other game that Birchall did not dress for was the 1-1 draw at Chicago on 9/4, a game that he was suspended for because of yellow card accumulation. While he did not score a goal in the regular season or postseason, Birchall, who played in one Open Cup and one Champions League game, did score LA’s first goal of the preseason, striking late in the 1- 0 win over Puntarenas FC at Titan Stadium on 3/10. 2009: Originally came over to train with the Galaxy in May and signed with the club on 7/8. He made his MLS debut on 7/16, replacing David Beckham in the 70th minute of the 3-1 win at New York. He played 45 minutes in both friendlies against AC Milan and Barcelona before making his first start with the Galaxy in their 2-0 win at Chicago on 8/19.He made his second start on 9/19 vs. Toronto FC, tallying his first assist when he set up David Beckham’s early game-winning goal. That was the first of five straight starts for Birchall to end the regular season. In the postseason, Birchall started Game One of the Western Conference Semifinal Series with Chivas USA, playing 77 minutes in midfield. However, he missed Game Two of that series with an illness and was then an unused substitute for the Western Conference Championship. He returned to the starting lineup for MLS Cup, playing 79 minutes in central midfield, collecting the game’s first yellow card, before being replaced by Chris Klein.

Career Highlights

2009: Signed with Brighton and Hove Albion of England’s League One in January, appearing in nine games while helping the club avoid relegation. 2006-09: Was signed by Coventry City of the English Championship in August 2006, and went on to play in 30 games for the club during his first season with the club. He scored twice for the Sky Blues, grabbing his first goal in a 3-0 win over Norwich City. After his first season with the club, he saw his chances limited, leading to short loan deals with St. Mirren and Carlisle United before joining Brighton on a permanent basis in January 2009. 2001-06: Began his career with Port Vale on England’s Second Division (now League One) after coming through the club’s youth ranks. He made his debut at the age of 17 on 9/12/01 in a League Cup defeat to Charlton. He had his best season for the club in 2004-05, playing in a career-high 39 games, tallying seven goals and being named the club’s Young Player of the Year. He scored his first goal for the club on 10/19/04, tallying the winner against Swindon Town. He added two more goals in 32 games during his final season with Port Vale, scoring once in the league and once in the FA Cup.

National Team

Has played 36 times for the Trinidad and Tobago National Team, scoring four times since making his debut in 2005. Despite being born in England, he is eligible to play for the island nation because his mother was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He made his debut for the Soca Warriors in a 4-0 win over Bermuda on 5/27/05, helping set up two goals in the victory. He scored his first goal for the country in a 1-1 draw with Honduras in Miami during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and went on to become a permanent fixture in the T&T lineup, helping the nation to a fourth place finish in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and a playoff with Bahrain. There, he scored perhaps his most important goal, tallying the equalizer in a 1-1 draw in the home leg of the two game series in Port of Spain. T&T went on to win the return leg in Bahrain 1-0 to book their first-ever trip to the World Cup. At the World Cup in Germany, Birchall played the full 90 minutes of all three of his team’s games.

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Year Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
2012 Columbus Crew 18 17 1 1515 2 18 6 16 1 4 0
2011 LA Galaxy 23 17 1 1551 0 26 4 27 1 3 1
2010 Los Angeles Galaxy 25 23 0 1973 2 31 8 28 0 5 0
2009 Los Angeles Galaxy 9 6 0 531 1 8 3 9 0 2 0
Career Totals 75 63 2 5570 5 83 21 80 2 14 1

2012 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Columbus Crew 18 17 1 1515 2 18 6 16 1 4 0

2011 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs LA Galaxy 4 1 0 157 0 2 1 3 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season LA Galaxy 23 17 1 1551 0 26 4 27 1 3 1

2010 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Los Angeles Galaxy 3 0 0 61 0 2 0 1 0 1 0
MLS Regular Season Los Angeles Galaxy 25 23 0 1973 2 31 8 28 0 5 0

2009 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Los Angeles Galaxy 2 2 0 156 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
MLS Regular Season Los Angeles Galaxy 9 6 0 531 1 8 3 9 0 2 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Date Match Result Appearance MINS G A SHT SOG FC FS Y R
10/28/2012 TOR @ CLB W 1-2 Started 89 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
10/20/2012 CLB @ DC L 2-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
10/7/2012 KC @ CLB T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
9/29/2012 PHI @ CLB W 2-3 Started 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
9/22/2012 CLB @ CHI L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/19/2012 CHV @ CLB W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/15/2012 CLB @ NY L 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/5/2012 CLB @ NE L 0-2 Started 64 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
9/1/2012 MTL @ CLB W 1-2 Started 88 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
8/29/2012 CLB @ PHI W 2-1 Started 84 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 0
8/25/2012 NE @ CLB W 3-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/22/2012 TOR @ CLB W 1-2 Started 90 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0
8/19/2012 CLB @ HOU T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
8/15/2012 LA @ CLB T 1-1 Started 86 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
8/4/2012 CLB @ DC L 0-1 Started 90 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 0
7/28/2012 CLB @ KC W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
7/21/2012 DC @ CLB W 0-1 Started 90 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
7/14/2012 KC @ CLB L 2-0 Started 90 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
7/8/2012 CLB @ MTL L 1-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
6/30/2012 RSL @ CLB W 0-2 Started 90 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 0
6/23/2012 CLB @ CHI L 1-2 Started 90 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
6/16/2012 CLB @ NE T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/26/2012 CHI @ CLB W 1-2 Subbed On 24 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
5/23/2012 CLB @ SEA W 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/19/2012 CLB @ SJ T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/12/2012 DAL @ CLB W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/5/2012 CLB @ POR T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/23/2011 LA @ HOU L 1-3 Started 90 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 0
10/16/2011 CHV @ LA W 0-1 Subbed On 17 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
10/4/2011 LA @ NY L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/1/2011 RSL @ LA W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/24/2011 LA @ CLB W 1-0 Started 62 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/17/2011 VAN @ LA W 0-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
9/9/2011 COL @ LA W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/5/2011 LA @ KC T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/20/2011 SJ @ LA W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/6/2011 DAL @ LA W 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/3/2011 LA @ POR L 0-3 Started 90 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
7/30/2011 LA @ VAN W 4-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/20/2011 CLB @ LA W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/9/2011 CHI @ LA W 1-2 Started 89 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0
7/4/2011 SEA @ LA T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
6/25/2011 LA @ SJ T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0
6/18/2011 LA @ COL W 3-1 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
6/11/2011 TOR @ LA T 2-2 Started 90 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0
6/3/2011 DC @ LA T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 0
5/28/2011 LA @ NE W 1-0 Subbed On 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/25/2011 HOU @ LA W 0-1 Started 89 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0
5/21/2011 LA @ CHV W 1-0 Subbed On 26 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5/14/2011 KC @ LA W 1-4 Subbed On 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
5/11/2011 LA @ PHI T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 2 1 1 2 1 0
5/7/2011 NY @ LA T 1-1 Subbed On 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/1/2011 LA @ DAL L 1-2 Subbed On 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4/23/2011 POR @ LA W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/17/2011 LA @ CHI W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4/13/2011 LA @ TOR T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/9/2011 LA @ DC T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/2/2011 PHI @ LA W 0-1 Started 53 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1
3/26/2011 LA @ RSL L 1-4 Started 90 0 0 3 0 5 0 0 0
3/20/2011 NE @ LA T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
3/15/2011 LA @ SEA W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 0
10/24/2010 DAL @ LA W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/16/2010 COL @ LA L 3-1 Started 42 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
10/7/2010 LA @ PHI W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
10/3/2010 LA @ CHV W 2-1 Started 85 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/24/2010 NY @ LA L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/18/2010 DC @ LA W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/11/2010 CLB @ LA W 1-3 Subbed On 45 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/4/2010 LA @ CHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/28/2010 KC @ LA L 2-0 Started 77 0 0 3 2 3 1 1 0
8/21/2010 LA @ SJ L 0-1 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
8/14/2010 LA @ NY W 1-0 Started 83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
8/1/2010 CHI @ LA L 3-2 Started 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
7/22/2010 SJ @ LA T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/18/2010 LA @ DC W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
7/10/2010 LA @ NE L 0-2 Started 71 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
7/4/2010 SEA @ LA W 1-3 Started 90 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0
6/26/2010 LA @ TOR T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
6/9/2010 LA @ RSL L 0-1 Started 90 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0
6/5/2010 HOU @ LA W 1-4 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
5/29/2010 LA @ CLB W 2-0 Started 83 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
5/20/2010 LA @ DAL W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0
5/15/2010 TOR @ LA T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
5/8/2010 LA @ SEA W 4-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
5/5/2010 LA @ COL W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
5/1/2010 PHI @ LA W 1-3 Started 90 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0
4/24/2010 LA @ KC T 0-0 Started 68 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 0
4/17/2010 RSL @ LA W 1-2 Started 90 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 0
4/10/2010 LA @ HOU W 2-0 Started 84 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0
4/1/2010 CHV @ LA W 0-2 Started 88 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
3/27/2010 NE @ LA W 0-1 Subbed On 23 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves