Craig Waibel

Craig Waibel
Craig Waibel
Craig Waibel
Real Name: Craig Waibel
HT: 6' 2" WT: 195
Age: 40 (08/21/1975)
Birthplace: Portland, OR
Hometown: Portland, OR


An original Dynamo player, fan favorite, and sturdy defender at right back.

MLS Experience

2009: Veteran appeared in 13 games, including eight starts, and scored one goal … Made first start of the season and scored second-half goal from a corner kick in 3-1 win vs. SJ on 5/23 … Started four consecutive games from 5/23-6/10, helping Dynamo to four wins … Started on 6/20 vs. RSL but left after eight minutes due to hamstring injury … Started consecutive games on 7/11, 7/18, and 7/25 … 08-09 Champions League: Started second leg of quarterfinal series at Atlante on 3/3 … Open Cup: Did not appear … 09-10 Champions League: Played all 90 minutes in four of six group stage games … Became eighth Dynamo player to make 100 starts for club in all competitions when he started at Pachuca on 9/16.

2008: Started 14 games at right back and notched three assists … Made back-to-back starts on 5/28 and 5/31 after being injured in Champions' Cup match on 4/9 … Played left-footed cross to Brian Ching for goal vs. FCD on 6/26 … Played through ball that led to Ching's goal vs. RSL on 8/16 … Earned assist by setting up Nate Jaqua on 9/7 vs. KC … Champions' Cup: Played both Champions' Cup quarterfinal matches … Started Champions' Cup second leg at Saprissa on 4/9 but re-aggravated hamstring injury and left in sixth minute … SuperLiga: Started all five games in run to tournament final … Flick header set up Bobby Boswell for game-winning goal on 7/29 vs. Pachuca in semifinal … Scored in championship game shootout at NE on 8/5 … Champions League: Started four of six matches … Scored twice in 4-4 tie at Pumas on 9/30, his first goals since scoring twice on 10/14/06 against COL … Reserves: Made five starts on the back line for the Dynamo Reserves.

2007: Veteran defender played in 21 games, making 18 starts, and recorded two assists … Named Dynamo's Humanitarian of the Year for second consecutive season in Houston and fifth straight year overall … Returned from injury on 5/26 at DC and set up Dwayne De Rosario's goal in 2-1 loss … Also recorded an assist in 2-1 loss vs. LA on 10/7 … Playoffs: Started all four games in the playoffs … Made sterling play to set up clinching goal in Western Conference final vs. KC on 11/10, beating a defender and threading a pass to Dwayne De Rosario in the penalty area … Also assisted on winning goal in the MLS Cup final on 11/18, passing to Brad Davis before his cross set up De Rosario … Champions' Cup: Started all four matches … Played the full 90 minutes in both legs of the quarterfinal series vs. Puntarenas … Received a yellow card and conceded a penalty kick in the first leg at Puntarenas on 2/21 … SuperLiga: Played every minute of the group stage, helping Houston to a 2-0-1 record and spot in the semifinals, which he missed due to injury … Reserves: Started four games for the Dynamo Reserves.

2006: Scored a career-high five goals … Earned Dynamo's Humanitarian of the Year award … First goal came on 4/22 vs. RSL in a 2-1 victory … Scored game's only goal in 1-0 Houston win vs. FCD on 8/12 … Scored his third goal on 9/10 at LA in 2-1 victory … Notched his first career two-goal game in the season finale on 10/14 vs. COL in a 3-3 draw … Had an own goal vs. NE on 7/22 in a 1-1 tie … Playoffs: Earned yellow card in MLS Cup against New England … Open Cup: Did not appear until starting 3-1 semifinal loss at LA on 9/6.

2005: Named the Earthquakes' Humanitarian of the Year for the third straight season … Made season debut on 4/2 vs. NE, starting and playing 90 minutes … Recorded assist on 4/23 vs. KC … Suffered torn LCL and ACL on 5/10 vs. Santa Clara in scrimmage and was placed on season-ending injury list after only six games.

2004: Named the Earthquakes co-Humanitarian of the Year … Scored first career goal on 5/8 vs. MET … Left game on 7/7 vs. FCD due to right hamstring strain … Entered as a sub in the 89th minute on 8/14 at KC to play for first time since 7/7 vs. FCD … Started and played 67 minutes on 9/4 at NE, recorded an assist on game-winning goal … Playoffs: Played 90 minutes vs. KC on 10/24 … Played 90 minutes at KC on 10/30 … Champions' Cup: Played 90 minutes on 3/17 at Alajuelense… Open Cup: Played 20 minutes on 8/4 at Minnesota.

2003: Named the Earthquakes 2003 Humanitarian of the Year … Made Earthquakes MLS debut on 4/12 at COL and earned yellow card … Registered first two assists of Earthquakes career on 7/2 at MET … Playoffs: Entered as a sub in 72nd minute on 11/1 at LA and received yellow card … Started and played 89 minutes on 11/9 vs. LA … Played 81 minutes on 11/15 vs. KC … Started and played 51 minutes on 11/23 in MLS Cup final vs. CHI and received a yellow card … Champions' Cup: Started and played 63 minutes at CSD Municipal on 3/16 … Played full 90 minutes vs. CSD Municipal on 3/26 … Open Cup: Played 63 minutes on 8/5 at Seattle.

2002: Appeared in 12 games for the LA Galaxy, registering one assist … Started and played 94 minutes on 5/4 at KC and recorded first assist of season … Playoffs: Played 28 minutes on 10/2 in win over KC and registered an assist … Started and played 90 minutes on 10/9 in win over COL.

2001: Played for LA Galaxy during its winning campaign in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in January … Signed by the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 4, 2001 as a Discovery Pick … Appeared in nine games with Los Angeles, starting two matches … Made first appearance with Galaxy on 5/19 vs. FCD, coming on as a substitute in the 91st minute for Adam Frye … Recorded his first MLS assist on 8/18 versus TB, setting up Cobi Jones in the 79th minute.

2000: Called up by the Colorado Rapids on 4/28 … Made MLS debut on 4/29 against KC … Played 57 minutes on 5/17 at NE … Began training with LA Galaxy in December 2000.


Other Professional Experience

Started and played 27 regular season games for the A-League's Seattle Sounders in 2000 and scored three goals … Scored one goal in three playoff games in 2000 … Netted one goal in 27 regular season matches and three playoff games with Seattle Sounders in 1999 … Third on Sounders in minutes played with 2,316 in 1999 … Drafted by Seattle in the first round of the 1999 A-League Draft with the 17th selection overall.



Scored four goals and registered one assist during his career at the University of Washington … Scored all of his points during his senior year … Started 42 of 56 career games at Washington … Named first-team All-Mountain Pacific Soccer Federation and third-team All-Far West as a senior.


Youth Club

Spokane (WA) Falcons, coached by Ardi Kohel



Married wife Julie in 2001 … Co-winner of the A-League's 1999 Community Relations Player of the Year Award … Siblings include twin brother Chad, older brother Dave and older sister Jennifer … Speech communication major at University of Washington … Nicknamed "Waibs" … Enjoys country music, golf, doing crossword puzzles, and playing Scrabble … Served as color analyst on San?Jose Earthquakes radio broadcasts in 2005 … Favorite soccer memory is quarterfinal win over the Galaxy in 2003 … If not playing soccer, would play hockey because "it's the single greatest sport on earth."

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2010Houston Dynamo4302250102000
2009Houston Dynamo13816790317020
2008Houston Dynamo14140124539314110
2007Houston Dynamo21180163927227010
2006Houston Dynamo282852401112732130
2005San Jose Earthquakes6605271107000
2004San Jose Earthquakes232312005115733021
2003San Jose Earthquakes24220199129447071
2002Los Angeles Galaxy129086017319010
2001Los Angeles Galaxy9202791006020
2000Colorado Rapids200620002000
Career Totals-1561337119131264271962192
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