HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on February 22, 2017. Re-signed February 18, 2019
A cerebral presence at center back, Long went from seeing zero MLS minutes between 2014 -2016 to becoming the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year as part of his remarkable rise. Long, who had two goals and one assist in 24 starts a year ago, has also established himself in the USMNT.
OUTSIDE MLS: The 27-year-old made 22 appearances for NYRB II as part of a top defense in 2016. Was named USL Defender of the Year.
INTERNATIONAL: Made his USMNT debut in an international friendly against Peru in October 2018. Has made 17 appearances since, scoring three goals and wearing the captain's armband on several occasions.
COLLEGE: Played in 71 career matches (66 starts) for UC Riverside ... Was the Highlanders’ leading scorer as a junior in 2012 with 13 points (6g, 1a) ... Garnered an All-Big West First-Team selection.
NOTES: MLS Defender of the Year (2018), MLS Best XI (2018), MLS All-Star (2018). Drafted 36th overall by the Portland Timbers in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.