Chris Leitch

Chris Leitch
Chris Leitch
Chris Leitch
Real Name: Chris Leitch
HT: 5' 11" WT: 165
Age: 36 (04/01/1979)
Birthplace: Columbus, OH
Hometown: Baltimore, OH

2010 MLS: Started all 15 matches he appeared in … Made 2010 debut, playing 52 minutes, vs. RSL on 3/27 and receiving a red card ... DNP - 4/10 at CHI due to suspension … Made 150th career start and played full 90 minutes on 5/1 vs. COL ... Started and played full 90 minutes vs. NY on 5/8, 5/15 at NE and 5/22 at SEA … Played 77 minutes on 5/29 vs. TOR … Started and played the full 90 minutes at FCD on 6/5 … DNP - at RSL on 6/25, vs. DC on 7/3, at PHI on 7/10, at LA on 7/22, vs. SEA on 7/31, at COL on 8/7, vs. KC on 8/14, vs. LA on 8/21, at NY on 8/28 … Started and played the full 90 minutes at HOU on 9/5, on 9/11 vs. FCD, on 9/15 vs. PHI, on 9/25 at TOR, on 9/29 vs. CHI … DNP - 10/2 at CLB … Started and played the full 90 minutes at DC on 10/9, 10/16 vs. HOU … DNP - 10/20 vs. CHV … Started and played 45 minutes on 10/23 at KC … Exhibition: Started and played 45 minutes vs. Tottenham Hotspur on 7/17 ... Open Cup: Scored first goal on 4/14 against RSL, playing the full 120 minutes … MLS Cup Playoffs: DNP - 10/30 vs. NY or 11/4 at NY ... Started and played 57 minutes 11/13 at COL.

2009 MLS: Acquired by Quakes on 3/2 from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money and an international slot … Started 29 of 30 matches this season and added seven assists … Named Defensive Player of the Year … Made Quakes debut on 3/21 vs. NE … Played 90 minutes and had first assist in Quakes uniform on 3/28 vs. HOU … Played 90 minutes and had second assist of the season on 4/11 vs. CHI, also picked up yellow card … Played 90 minutes and had third assist of the season on 4/18 vs. LA … Started and played 53 minutes vs. CHV on 5/2, leaving match with a concussion ... Notched assist on 5/23 at HOU … DNP – 5/27 at CLB due to suspension ... Played 90 minutes and notched fifth assist of the season on 6/20 vs. LA … Named Earthquakes Defender of the Year on 10/7 … Notched two assists at CHV on 10/17 ... Exhibition: Came on as a substitute at the half on 9/8 vs. CD Aguila ... Open Cup: Played 90 minutes on 4/29 vs. NY.

2008 MLS: Played in 17 games, starting in 14 with New York Red Bulls … Notched game-winning assist on Juan Pablo Angel’s goal in 1-0 win over Chivas USA on 6/5 … Registered second assist of the year on 10/23 against CHI … Playoffs: Started in all four playoff games, helping New York to the MLS Cup final.

2007 MLS: Started 11 of 12 games, logging 1,018 minutes in his second stint with the club … Was signed as a free agent from the Columbus Crew in July …  Played the full 90 in 10 of those 11 starts.

2006 MLS: Played in 24 and started 18 games in his second term with the Columbus Crew after three seasons with the MetroStars … Notched only assist on the season on 8/19 vs. NY … Logged 1,662 minutes for CLB.

2005 MLS: Started in 26 games during his third season with the MetroStars … Logged 2,344 minutes, second most in his career … Notched one assist on the year, 6/25 vs. NE … Accumulated seven cautions during the season.

2004 MLS: Named the 2004 MetroStars Iron Man for logging the most minutes on the team … Played the full 90 minutes in all 29 games (career high) that he appeared in … Missed only one game in the regular season (6/26 at New England) due to a groin strain … Notched two assists throughout the course of the season (5/1 at CHI and 9/11 against NE) … Playoffs: Played the full 90 minutes in both legs of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Series against D.C. United.

2003 MLS: Acquired by the MetroStars in a trade for Ross Paule … Made his MetroStars debut on 4/19/03 vs. Los Angeles in a 1-1 tie ... Played 15 games, 10 of which were starts for 993 minutes in his first season with New York ... Missed nine games with a right ankle injury.

2002 MLS: Was drafted with the 47th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft ... Appeared in 13 games, starting 11 for Columbus.

Set University of North Carolina school records for career games played (88) and starts (87) during his four-year college career ... 2001: Was selected to the All-ACC Team in 2001 as a senior ... Helped anchor a defense that led North Carolina to its first ever NCAA National Championship for men’s soccer ... 2000: Won Nicholas Douglass Potter Coaches Award, given by the UNC coaches for overall contributions to the team ... Started all 24 matches ... 1999: Received the Tom Evins Award as Carolina’s most improved player ... Started all 20 games for Carolina ... 1998: Appeared in 19 games, starting 18 ... Scored only goal of season against No. 18 Maryland in overtime to get the 2-1 win.

Four-year starter at Pickerington High School in Pickerington, Ohio ... Three-time all-conference choice ... Twice named all-district ... Selected the Ohio player of the year and all-state as a senior ... Team captain for two seasons and MVP as a senior ... Central Ohio Super 12 Team and Coaches Choice Ohio All-Star Game selection as a senior ... Led team to district finals three times ... Ohio ODP South State Team for four years ... Also played four years of basketball, starting three seasons at point guard.

Son of Tom and Anita Leitch ... While at North Carolina he majored in communications ... Selected as Ohio’s Player of the Year for soccer in 1997 ... Favorite TV shows include Planet Earth, Man vs. Wild, Jeopardy and anything on the History Channel.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2011San Jose Earthquakes1412011151118130
2010San Jose Earthquakes15150122501010011
2009San Jose Earthquakes29290253774321030
2008New York Red Bulls17140125921012020
2007New York Red Bulls1211010180208200
2006Columbus Crew24180166214219320
2002Columbus Crew1311098902218130
Career Totals-1961750157491439141538251
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