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2009: Standout at right back during first half of the season missed entire second half due to injury … Helped set up first four goals of the season, one on 3/21, two on 3/28, and one on 4/19… Assisted on Chris Wondolowski's goal on 3/28 at SJ, the 65th regular season assist of his MLS career … Fractured cheekbone in practice collision on 5/12 … Returned to lineup wearing face shield in 1-0 win at CHI on 6/5 and saved a goal with a headed clearance off the goal line from a corner kick … Scored with long-range blast in 3-1 win at FCD on 6/10, his first goal since 8/30/06, when he played for Dallas … Injured knee on artificial turf in 2-1 loss at SEA on 7/11, an injury that forced him to have surgery and miss the remainder of the season … 08-09 Champions League: Picked up a yellow card in both legs of quarterfinal series vs. Atlante … Open Cup: Played first 45 minutes in 2-0 win at Austin on 7/1 … Did not play on 7/7 at Charleston … Did not play due to injury on 7/21 at SEA … 09-10 Champions League: Missed entire group stage due to injury.
2008: Regular right back who also appeared in midfield for the Dynamo … Started the first 13 games of the regular season but missed six league games due to knee swelling … Finished with 23 appearances and four assists … Started as midfielder early in the season when Ricardo Clark was suspended, then returned to right back … Took quick free kick that led to Bobby Boswell's game-winning goal at CHI on 5/17 … Contributed two assists in 4-0 win vs. CHV on 8/20 in return to first team after missing 12 games in all competitions … Playoffs: Played every minute of series vs. NY … Champions' Cup: Started all four games, including several appearances in midfield … SuperLiga: Missed the entire tournament due to injury … Champions League: Made substitute appearances in midfield in three of five games … Reserves: Made two starts (8/17 and 8/27) while recovering from knee injury.
2007: Played in every game for the Dynamo after being acquired from Toronto FC, switching between midfield and right back … Finished the season with 27 starts, including two in Toronto … Tied for the team lead with five assists and became regular corner-kick taker by the end of the season … Made Houston debut in 1-0 loss at NY on 4/21 … Made first Dynamo start in 3-1 win at COL on 5/5 … Notched first assist of the season when Brian Ching redirected his outside shot for the only goal in a 1-0 win vs. DC on 7/8 … Had four assists in a five-game stretch from 9/8 to 10/15 … Three of the four assists came on set pieces converted by defenders … Playoffs: Played every minute of the postseason as a defensive midfielder and notched one assist … Sent in a cross which Nate Jaqua headed in for the opening goal in the Western Conference final vs. KC on 11/10 … Won third MLS Cup title in 2-1 win in MLS Cup final … SuperLiga: Played every minute of the tournament for the Dynamo … Set up Eddie Robinson's dramatic game-tying goal in the semifinal vs. Pachuca on 8/14 with a well-placed free kick … Successfully converted his penalty kick in the ensuing shootout, scoring to the top left corner to give Houston a 3-2 lead.
2006: Voted Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year after fully recovering from a right torn ACL, which caused him to miss the majority of the 2005 season … Played 25 games for FC Dallas, 23 of which were starts, tallying one goal and nine assists in 2,075 minutes of action … Selected to the 2006 MLS All-Star Game as a Commissioner's Pick.
2005: Scored a goal in the second minute of his first game with FC Dallas, a 2-1 win vs. CHI on 4/2 … Started the first seven games but suffered a torn right ACL in the 34th minute at SJ on 5/14, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.
2004: Was the only member of the Earthquakes to play every minute of every match in the 2004 regular season … Selected to the MLS All-Star Game for the second time in his career, notching an assist in the match.
2003: His well-placed strike in the 50th minute of the 2003 MLS Cup final, off of an assist from college teammate Brian Mullan, proved to be the game-winner as San Jose won its second MLS title in three years … Became Earthquakes' all-time leader in games played with 133 after starting and playing the full 100 minutes on 10/25 vs. LA.
2002: Was named an MLS All-Star for the first time … Fractured right ankle on 9/14 at LA and missed the remainder of the season.
2001: Made MLS playoff debut on 9/22 at CLB, playing 90 minutes … Recorded assist on Landon Donovan's tying goal in MLS Cup final on 10/21 vs. LA at Crew Stadium.
2000: Voted the Earthquakes MVP … Led team in assists (nine) and matches started (29) … Started at five different positions: right, left and defensive midfield and right and left back … Missed only one match (7/22 vs. NE) after suffering separated left shoulder vs. Colorado on 7/15.
1999: Was an MLS Rookie of the Year finalist and was only San Jose player (and the only MLS rookie) to appear in all 32 matches … Scored first professional goal as substitute at CHI on 7/23 on a stunning 30-yard shot in the 81st minute … Recorded first-ever assist at Miami on 6/26.
United States international (14 caps) … 2004: Started in 1-1 tie vs. Denmark on 1/18 … Appeared as a substitute in 1-1 tie vs. Haiti on 3/13 … 2003: Had his busiest year ever with the national team, playing in eight matches and playing on the CONCACAF Gold Cup squad that finished third … 2002: Named an alternate for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan … 2001: Earned first cap on 12/9 in 1-0 loss to South Korea in Seogwipo, Korea, entering as a sub in 68th minute … Youth: Made the U.S. U-20 national team before his senior year of high school but broke his leg and was unable to see action with the team.
Played four years (1995-98) at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. … In 1998, was named first team NSCAA All-America and was Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player at conference tournament … A three-time All-MVC and MVC All-Tournament team selection … Preseason finalist for both Hermann Trophy and M.A.C. Award in 1998 … Led school to 1996 NCAA Final Four.
Kickers '75, coached by Chris Fauser; Memphis FC, coached by Richard Bute; Clearwater Chargers.
Married to Shelley, and they have one son, Hayden … As senior at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., was named a Soccer America "Super 11 Recruit" and one of USA Today's "Top 25 Seniors" in 1994 … Helped South team win Puma Cup championship in 1995 … Majored in business administration with a specialization in marketing at Creighton … Older brother John played soccer at University of Akron … Played on USISL Nashville Metros with brother John … Avid golfer … Field goal kicker for high school football team.