HOW ACQUIRED: Selected second overall in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft from Real Salt Lake on Dec. 10, 2014
2013: Recorded career highs in games played (32), starts (29), minutes played (2,688), goals scored (5) and assists (5). Finished in the top-five for RSL in goals (tied for fourth) and assists (fourth). Notched a brace in a 4-1 rout of Chivas USA on May 19. Provided an assist in a 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire on May 25. Scored in RSL’s 3-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes on June 1. Scored in RSL’s historic 3-0 win over FC Dallas on July 13. Scored in a 2-2 draw with Colorado Rapids on Aug. 3. Registered an assist in a 4-2 loss to LA Galaxy on Aug. 17. Provided an assist in RSL’s 4-0 win over Columbus Crew on Aug. 24. Notched an assist in a 4-2 win over Portland Timbers six days later. Provided an assist in RSL’s 3-0 win over Carolina RailHawks in U.S. Open Cup. Played in four postseason games (three starts). Played the full 90 minutes in the MLS Cup Final.
2012: His 26 appearances, 22 starts, 1,946 minutes played and three assists were the most of his four-year RSL career and second-most of his MLS career. Registered an assist in back-to-back games -- 3-2 win over Dallas on May 26 and 3-0 win at Chivas USA on June 16. Appeared in all four of RSL’s CONCACAF Champions League matches. Played all 180 minutes of Real Salt Lake’s Western Conference Semifinal series loss to Seattle Sounders FC.
2011: His 25 appearances, 21 starts and 1,899 minutes were all the second-most of his eight-year MLS career. Despite suffering from nagging injuries during the latter half of the season, his 21 league starts were the third most for an RSL midfielder during the squad’s roller-coaster campaign. Appeared in all six of RSL’s contests (three starts) in the Championship Stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, including both legs of the Finals against Monterrey. Made his 150th regular season appearance on June 18 vs. D.C. Suffered left hamstring strain on July 30 against Columbus, forcing him out action for five weeks. Returned with 17-minute stint off the bench on Sept. 3 vs. Philadelphia. Only goal of the season on Oct. 29 vs. Seattle was also one of RSL’s most important -- his 88th minute tally in Leg One of the Western Conference Semifinals giving RSL a 3-0 win and proving to stand as the eventual series winner.
2010: Played 2,035 minutes across 32 appearances (22 starts) in all competitions for RSL, notching three goals and three assists. Scored all three goals in regular-season play, tying a career-high (2007 w/ Columbus). One of just three players to appear in all six CONCACAF Champions League Group A contests. Suffered a right MCL sprain on April 10 vs. Seattle that sidelined him for a month. Finished off the scoring on May 29 against Kansas City, his first goal in a Real Salt Lake uniform (92+’) resulting in the final 4-1 scoreline and snapping a personal 61-game goalless streak in MLS play. His first-time, left-footed volley from 25 yards out against Chivas USA on July 24 was voted MLS Goal of the Week for Week 17. Broke 18-game streak without an assist in MLS play a week later on July 31 vs. D.C. United. Started both Western Conference Semifinal Series contests vs. FC Dallas.
2009: Lone player selected in MLS Waiver Draft on March 3. Made Real Salt Lake's squad out of preseason camp, seeing action in 20 regular-season contests and playing key roles in RSL’s triumphs in the Eastern Conference Championship and MLS Cup. Made RSL debut withsubstitute appearance on April 2 vs. Columbus. After appearing off the bench in six of RSL’s first nine games, started in seven of next nine contests. Played the most productive minute in RSL history in the Eastern Conference Championship on Nov. 14 at Chicago, entering the scoreless draw in stoppage time of 2OT (123+’), making him eligible to convert the spot kick (seventh round) that clinched RSL’s 5-4 win in penalties and a spot in the League’s title game. Stepped up to the challenge in penalties for a second straight weekend, slamming home his fourth-round attempt in RSL’s eventual 5-4, seven-round penalty kick victory over Los Angeles in the MLS Cup. Triumph made Grabavoy one of only two RSL players to capture a second MLS Cup title (w/ Nick Rimando); his first coming with LA in 2005.
2008: Was selected by the expansion Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft on Nov. 21. Started 21 of 24 games for San Jose, recording four assists, tying for second-most on the team. Played 85 minutes in ‘Quakes debut on April 03 at Galaxy. Missed six weeks of action across July and August due to sports hernia surgery, returning to the field on Aug. 23 at Chivas USA. Registered one assist in three games for the San Jose Reserves.
2007: Notched career highs in games played (26), starts (24), goals (3) and assists (3) in his only full season with Columbus. Scored Crew’s first goal of the year on April 19 vs. New England in a 2-2 tie. Notched two assists in 3-3 tie on June 16 at Revolution, marking his first career multi-assist effort.
2006: Appeared in 17 games between Los Angeles (seven games, two starts, 0 goals/0 assists) and Columbus (10 games, three starts, goal/assist). Part of a trade on May 12 that sent he and Joseph Ngwenya from the Galaxy to The Crew in exchange for Kyle Martino and John Wolyniec. Made a memorable Crew debut in front of his new home fans by scoring the game-winning goal on May 13 vs. Colorado. Notched lone assist of the season on Oct. 7 at Chicago. Also made six appearances (all starts) in MLS Reserve Division play between L.A. and Columbus, registering one assist.
2005: Appeared in 12 games (nine starts) for the Galaxy’s first team during its MLS Cup-winning campaign, while registering three assists. Was a key contributor during the MLS Cup Playoffs, starting all four postseason matches and scoring once. His goal on Oct. 29 at San Jose in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals essentially dashed the ‘Quakes hopes of advancement, securing a 1-1 draw for the second leg and ending the scoring in a 4-2 overall series result that moved the Galaxy into the Western Conference Final. Started and played 66 minuntes on Nov. 13 against New England in MLS Cup, an eventual 1-0 OT triumph. Logged time in six Galaxy Reserves games, scoring one goal and dishing out three assists.
2004: Drafted 14th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy on Jan. 16. Started 11 of his 15 appearances for the Galaxy during his rookie season, notching a goal and three assists. Started and went the full 90 minutes in his MLS debut on April 24 against Columbus in a 2-0 win. Earned his first career point and assist on May 22 at San Jose. His two other assists were game winners -- in stoppage time on June 12 v. Chicago (3-2 W) and on July 4 v. San Jose (2-1 W). Scored his lone goal on a free kick on July 10 against Colorado.
Played in four matches (three starts) for the United States U20 National Team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. Appeared in four matches against international competition with the U20s. Was the leading scorer on the U18s in 2001 with seven goals. Member of the first class of players in U.S. Soccer’s U14 boys national team program.
Finished his three-year career at Indiana University with 18 goals and 21 assists in 54 appearances (42 starts). Co-captained Hoosiers to 2003 NCAA College Cup crown at Crew Stadium. Twice named an All-American by NSCAA/adidas. Two-time All-Big Ten First-Team selection. Member of 2003 College Cup All-Tournament Team as a junior, the same year he was also named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist. Gave up final year of eligibility at Indiana to sign with the MLS Project-40 program in 2004.
YOUTH & CLUB
Named 2000 Gatorade and NSCAA/adidas National High School Player of the Year during his senior season at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Ill. Led Lincoln-Way Central to two-straight Illinois state championship games. Played his club ball for the highly-regarded Chicago Magic youth soccer program based out of Frankfort, Ill.
Father of twins born in January 2013. Married wife Monica in December 2008. Son of Ned and Lynn Grabavoy. Has two sisters, Natalie and Tiffany, and one brother, Nick. Enjoys music, sports and hanging out with friends. Plays the guitar and hits the golf course in his spare time.
MLS Cup (2): 2005, 2009
MLS Eastern Conference Championship (1): 2009
MLS Western Conference Championship (1): 2013