The longest continuously tenured player on the Red Bulls, Stammler starts his seventh season as one of the team’s steadiest players. The central midfielder enters 2010 sixth in games played (121) and fifth in games started (109). One of the toughest players in MLS, Stammler is one of the team’s veterans and will normally be tasked with marking the opposition’s top playmaker. Stammler is also a threetime Red Bulls Humanitarian of the Year recipient.
Professional: 2009: Was second on the team in games played (26) and tied with Juan Pablo Angel in games started (25). Led the team in minutes played (2,238). Recovered from reconstructive knee surgery last offseason and made his season debut in a 0-0 tie against Houston on April 11. Won team’s Humanitarian of the Year for third-straight season. Played most of the year in central midfield.
2008: Made 26 starts during 30-game regular season. Wore Captain’s Armband for first time in his career in 1-0 loss at Houston on May 31. Missed three games in May due to lower back injury. Scored first goal since May 24, 2006 (vs. FC Dallas) in a 1-1 tie at New England on June 18. Scored in first half of friendly against FC Barcelona on Aug. 6. Underwent season ending surgery to repair torn lateral meniscus in right knee on Oct. 30 after playing with injury since late August. Won team’s USSF Humanitarian of the Year Award for second-straight season.
2007: Featured in 29 games, starting 28. Played a total of 2,547 minutes in midfield and defense. Was credited with two assists. Was also named the Red Bulls USSF Humanitarian of the Year.
2006: Broke out as a versatile threat, seeing time at every position on the field except goalkeeper (including preseason where he played two games at forward). Scored the first two goals of his career in New York’s 5-4 win over Chivas USA on May 20, a game in which he played the full 90 minutes. Scored a career-high three goals and tallied a career-high five assists on the season while appearing in 29 games. Was named the team’s Co-Unsung Player of the Year along with teammate Jeff Parke.
2005: Saw his first action on May 28 at Columbus. Appeared in 10 games, starting three. Started in both of New York’s playoff games that season.
2004: Sidelined for the majority of the season due to an ankle injury first suffered in the preseason. Saw action in only one game, when he played one minute against Los Angeles on June 19.
Collegiate/Club: Was the University of Maryland’s team captain as a senior and started and played all but four minutes of every game. Helped team to 12 shutouts in 2003. In previous year, was one of the Terps‘ tri-captains.
Personal: Graduated in Dec. 2005 with a degree in finance & marketing from the University of Maryland. In Nov. 2006, Stammler along with teammates Jozy Altidore and Jerrod Laventure, went on a six-day service trip to Haiti with Grammy Award winning musician Wyclef Jean and his charitable organization Yele Haiti. Through this, he started his own charitable organization, the Sporting Chance Foundation (SCF). The goal of SCF is to provide clean water wells and educational programs to Haitians. Went to Haiti for the second time in Dec. 2009 with teammate Jeremy Hall. SCF has granted over 60 academic scholarships and built a water well that provides potable water for thousands of Haitians. For more information, log on to www.sportingchancefoundation.org. Was featured in a Nov. 2006 issue of Maxim Magazine, a Nov. 2005 photo spread in Vogue Magazine with supermodel Gisele Bundchen and a Sept. 2006 issue of Vanity Fair. Would work in finance if he wasn’t playing soccer. Favorite musical artist is Rascal Flatts and enjoys hunting and crossword puzzles.