Harrington, a versatile, six-year MLS veteran, will play his first season with the Timbers in 2013. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City, Harrington sits among Sporting KC’s career leaders in regular-season games (149) and minutes played (11,633). He was a former U.S. youth international at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels and had a standout collegiate career at North Carolina.
ACQUIRED: Was acquired Dec. 3 in a trade with Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money.
2012: Started nine of the 11 games he appeared in during the 2012 season with Sporting Kansas City … Helped Sporting KC allow the fewest goals in MLS (27) during the regular season … Surpassed 12,000 played in MLS competition, including postseason, on Sept. 22 in a start against the Montreal Impact … Assisted on the game-winning goal by Kei Kamara in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on May 27 … Finished the season ranked ninth on Sporting KC’s all-time regular-season minutes played chart with 11,633, tied for ninth with Josh Wolff in regular-season games started for the club with 128 and eighth in regular-season games played at 149.
2011: Appeared in a total of 23 matches in 2011, 16 of them starts, helping Sporting KC to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference during the regular season … Surpassed 10,000 minutes played in Sporting Kansas City career during LIVESTRONG Sporting Park's inaugural match June 9.
2010: Started 29 matches and recorded four assists. Was a staple at the team’s left back position as he started every game prior to the season finale. He was named the Cauldron’s Man of Month for June. Also played the full 90 in 2-1 win over Manchester United in summer friendly and appeared as a second half substitute against Colorado in U.S. Open Cup play-in match.
2009: Appeared in 27 matches (17 starts). Finished tied for third on the team with three assists, including one in the team's 2-2 comeback draw against the Chicago Fire.
2008: Started all 30 matches and totaled 2,597 minutes of playing time. Contributed 2 goals and 2 assists, including the game-tying goal vs. Chicago on October 5 and the game-winning assist at Chicago on April 20 in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.
2007: Selected in 1st round (3rd overall) of 2007 MLS SuperDraft. Won team Rookie of the Year honors after appearing in 29 games (27 starts) and recording 3 goals and 4 assists. Scored first career goal just 3 minutes into first MLS game.
Was one of nine original members of the U-17 Residency Program at the Bradenton Academy in Bradenton, FL. Played for the U.S. at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland. Represented America on the U-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland under coach Sigi Schmid. Also spent time playing on the U-23 team. Was as an alternate for the U.S. Men’s Olympic team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 2003-2006. Was a second team All-ACC selection and an NSCAA/adidas All-South Region choice as a junior in 2005. As a senior in 2006, was a preseason finalist for the Hermann trophy, which is awarded to the top male and female Division I soccer players in the U.S.
Member of the ‘86 ODP Region III Team from 2000-2003. Participated in the adidas Elite Soccer Program Camp in 2002. Member of the North Carolina ODP State Team from 1998-2002. Played with Raleigh’s CASL Elite throughout youth.
Son of Malinda and Mike Harrington. Has one younger sister, Marybeth, 15. Majored in exercise and sport science at UNC. Devout Christian who values generosity, determination and gratitude. Enjoys listening to music (especially country), reading, playing poker and working on his golf game during his time off the pitch.