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MLS Career Highlights: The Crew's longest tenured player, had appeared in 133 MLS games, 93 of them starts, entering this season... Had three goals and 13 assists in that time... Returned to action on 8/19/06, after missing more than a season and a half with a knee injury, surgeries and long rehabilitation process... He became one of the first professional athletes in any sport to return from the experimental surgery in which his own cartilage was grown in a lab and reimplanted into his knee... Following a stellar four-year collegiate career as a high-scoring forward at Cal State Fullerton, he has become a hard-nosed, versatile defensive midfielder and defender in the professional ranks... Made his pro debut on 5/12/01 at Dallas, coming on as a 76th-minute substitute... Picked up his first professional point with an assist on 8/4/01 at K.C. ... Scored his first MLS goal on 8/21/05 vs. D.C... Was the Crew’s first choice (No. 10 overall) in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft... Prior to the 2007 season, the New Zealand native was granted a “green card,” or Lawful Permanent Residency, by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, meaning that he is no longer classified as an International Player by MLS...
MLS Career Playoff Highlights: Had appeared in seven postseason matches, all of them starts, entering this season... Was a member of the Crew's 2008 MLS Cup-championship squad...
U.S. Open Cup Career Highlights: Has one goal and two assists in 13 career Open Cup appearances, eight of which were starts... Is the last member of the Crew’s 2002 championship squad still on the roster…
CONCACAF Champions League Career Highlights: Had two appearances, both starts, entering this season… Had one yellow card in that time.
2009 MLS Season: Appeared in nine matches, with two starts... Had one assist... Missed matches on 3/28, 4/2, 6/6, 6/14 and 6/20 due to call-up with NZL Nat. Team... In his 10th season with the Crew… 2009 U.S. Open Cup: Started Round of 16 match at Rochester… Had one goal… 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League: Started both matches in which he appeared… Had one yellow card.
2008 MLS Season: Appeared in five games, with one start... Had one yellow card (7/12)... Missed seven matches (4/17-5/24) due to right leg injury... Missed match on 9/6 while on New Zealand National Team duty... 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Was a member of the Crew's 2008 MLS Cup-championship squad, but did not see postseason action... 2008 U.S. Open Cup: Came on as a substitute in the USOC Qualifier at Chicago (in Peoria, Ill.) on 6/10.
2007 MLS Season: Appeared in 19 games, with 13 starts... Had one goal (6/3 at Chicago) and four assists (6/3, 6/20, 6/23, 9/30) on the season... Was honored as the Crew’s Man of the Year at season’s end... Missed games on 5/26 and 10/13 while away on New Zealand National Team duty... Notched his first goal and assist of the season on 6/3 at Chicago... 2007 U.S. Open Cup: Started the Crew’s USOC qualifier vs. L.A. on 4/24.
2006 MLS Season: Started all nine games in which he appeared after returning from a serious knee injury and experimental surgery... Wore the captain’s arm band in all nine games... Made his first MLS appearance since 10/31/04 on 8/19 in the Crew’s 1-0 win vs. N.Y. ... Notched a pair of assists (9/23 and 9/30), including one game-winner (9/30).
2005 MLS Season: Missed the entire 2005 season due to a right knee injury and ensuing surgeries.
2004 MLS Season: Appeared in 28 matches, 21 of them starting assignments... Notched his first two MLS goals (8/21 and 10/16) and added an assist (10/2)... His first goal, vs. D.C. on 8/21, came in his 82nd career game... By giving the Crew a 1-1 tie at Colorado in the season finale on 10/16, his second goal helped clinch the Supporters Shield for Columbus... Drew one penalty kick... Missed games on 5/29 and 6/6 while with the New Zealand National Team... 2004 MLS Playoffs: Played every minute of the two-game Eastern Conference Semifinal series vs. N.E. ... 2004 U.S. Open Cup: Started both matches of the Crew’s Open Cup campaign.
2003 MLS Season: Saw action in 23 matches, starting 18 times... Had two goalmouth blocks, 5/3 at K.C. and 8/9 at L.A., the first of which helped preserve a 2-2 tie vs. the Wizards... Missed time in June while with the New Zealand National Team at the FIFA Confederations Cup in France.
2002 MLS Season: Appeared in 20 matches, 17 of them starts, and collected four assists... 2002 MLS Playoffs: Started all five matches... Made his MLS playoff debut on 9/25 at S.J. ... 2002 U.S. Open Cup: Appeared in all four matches, three of them starts (including the final), in the Crew’s run to the Open Cup title... Assisted on the first Columbus goal (McBride) in the 2-1 quarterfinal win at N.Y. on 8/7.
2001 MLS Season: Appeared in 20 matches, starting 12 of them, during a very productive rookie season... Was a valuable and versatile player, filling in throughout the midfield and backline as needed... Picked up his first professional point on 8/4, with an assist in the Crew’s 3-1 win at Kansas City... Notched an assist in the Crew’s 4-3 exhibition victory over Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga on 5/29... 2001 MLS Playoffs: Did not see action in either quarterfinal-series game vs. San Jose... 2001 U.S. Open Cup: Appeared in all three matches as a substitute, playing a total of 65 minutes... Assisted on the lone Crew goal in the 2-1 quarterfinal loss at New England on 7/24.
New Zealand National Team: Had earned 22 caps for his native New Zealand as of March 2009... Made two appear¬ances with national squad in 2008, both of which came against New Caledonia... Appeared in four games for the All-Whites in 2007, his first national team duty since his 2005-07 injury layoff... Appeared in World Cup Qualifying matches against Vanuatu on 11/17/07 and 11/21/07 and vs. Fiji on 10/17/07... Went the full 90 and assisted on the first goal of NZ’s 2-2 draw with Wales in a friendly on 5/26/07... Was a member of the All Whites squads at the 2004 Oceania Nations Cup, which doubled as the confederation’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in France... Made his senior international debut in 2002, as a member of New Zealand’s Oceania Nations Cup squad... Earned his first cap on 7/5/02, starting at right back in an Oceania Nations Cup win over Tahiti, and played in all five games in the All Whites’ run to the tournament title... Also represented his homeland at the Under-23 level.
College: A four-time All-MSPF selection, he completed his eligibility with school records for career points (97) and goals (41) in 67 games (all starts)... Added 15 career as¬sists... He tied the Titans school record for points in a season and fell one goal shy of the record in that category... 2000: As a senior, led the team to a 15-6-1 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament... Led the MPSF Pacific Division in scoring, tallying 42 points, on 17 goals and eight assists, including six game-winning goals. 1999: Led the team in scoring as a junior, netting 22 points on nine goals and four assists, despite missing six games with a broken left arm... Was a second-team All-MPSF selection... Selected to the MPSF All-Academic squad for maintaining a 3.50 GPA.... 1998: Was Cal State Fullerton’s third-leading scorer and earned MPSF Honorable Mention as a sophomore... 1997: Burst onto the scene as a freshman, with six goals in the team’s first six matches... Finished third on the team in scoring and earned MPSF Honorable Mention... Prior to arriving at Fullerton, he attended Otago University in New Zealand.
Personal: He is the son of Terry and Robyn Oughton… His father is a soccer coach... Has a younger brother, Tim… Graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton… If he wasn’t a professional soccer player, he’d be working as a soccer coach... Earned his USSF 'B' coaching license in Jan. 2009... His grandfather, Ray Sarginson, was a professional tennis player in New Zealand.