Player Details


Chris Albright


6' 1"


181 lbs

Date of Birth

1.14.1979 (44)


Philadelphia, PA USA


Career Summary

The Union signed three-time MLS All-Star defender and Philadelphia native Chris Albright on February 13, 2011. Albright has won three MLS Cup titles and earned 22 caps with the U.S. Men's National Team.

2012:  Joined the Union on February 13 and played in eight games starting three, totaling 246 minutes.  He helped solidify the Union’s ever changing defense during the season.  Playing in his hometown he provided leadership both on the pitch and in the locker room.  He provided experience to at the time the youngest team in MLS.

2011: Played in eight games for New York, starting six of them… Missed time during MLS season with a left knee injury… Started against Arsenal on July 31 in the Emirates Cup, helping the Red Bulls earn a 1-1 draw. 

2010: Started and appeared in 18 matches for New York Red Bulls, registering two assists… Made first appearance back from knee surgery in 2-1 victory on April 27 vs. Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup, playing the first half… Debuted in the regular season, and made 200th MLS appearance, on May 20 vs. Columbus, playing 71 minutes… Played full 90 minutes in 3-0 victory in U.S. Open Cup over Colorado on May 26… Played first full 90 in regular season since recovering from surgery in 2-1 victory over Houston on June 2, also picking up an assist... Registered assist in 2-0 victory over San Jose on Aug. 28… Was a finalist for MLS Comeback Player of the Year award.

2009: Limited to just one appearance, a 90-minute start against Dallas on April 4… Suffered an injury to the meniscus in his left knee that kept him out of the rest of the 2009 season and resulted in a pair of surgeries… Underwent surgery on the lateral meniscus in his left knee on April 22… After returning to full training six weeks after the surgery, he sustained further injury to his left knee which required additional surgery and forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

2008: Made 26 regular-season appearances, all starts… Set new career highs in starts (26) and minutes (2,340) and made more appearances (26) than any season in his career except 2003 (27)... Overall, made 32 appearances including regular season, SuperLiga and playoffs... Started four of the team’s five matches in SuperLiga 2008... Scored the game-winning penalty kick in the eighth round of the 6-5 shootout victory over Houston in the competition’s final (Aug. 5).

2007: Started the first five games of the season before suffering a torn right hamstring in the 15th minute of the team’s fifth match – a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA on May 20... Missed the remainder of the regular season after undergoing reconstructive surgery in late May to repair the injury.

2006: Named the club’s Defender of the Year and earned a spot in Bruce Arena’s U.S. team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany... Scored two goals and added five assists while starting all 23 games he played. Was named to his third-consecutive MLS All-Star Game.

2005: Capped the season by earning MLS Best XI honors after garnering MLS All-Star recognition midseason... Helped led the Galaxy to the domestic double of the MLS Cup championship and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup… Surpassed the 10,000 career minutes played mark on Sept. 25 in a 2-1 victory over Kansas City... Started all four of the Galaxy’s postseason matches, playing all 390 minutes.

2004: Moved to right back prior to the season after making the transition on the National Team under head coach Bruce Arena, and enjoyed his finest season as a professional to date… Posted a career-high six assists… Earned his first MLS All-Star appearance… Recorded his first career multiple-assist game on May 8 when he collected two assists in a 3-1 road victory at Dallas.

2003: In his last year as a forward, he played in a career-best 27 games, earning the starting nod in 23 of them… Recorded his first-career two-goal game on June 25 at Colorado, notching both of LA’s goals in the 2-2 draw... Earned MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 13.

2002: Traded to the Galaxy with a second-round selection (24th overall) from D.C. in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 11 in exchange for L.A.’s first- and second-round selections in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft... Appeared in 14 games and made eight starts at forward… Missed 12 games because of injuries… Appeared in five of Los Angeles’ six postseason games, starting two, while scoring one goal and adding one assist as the Galaxy won MLS Cup 2002.

2001: Made 23 appearances on the year, including 14 starts for United… Scored one goal – D.C.’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Miami on May 30.

2000: Played in 25 games, making 21 starts for United... Scored three goals, including his first career MLS strike on May 27 in a 3-2 victory over Dallas. 

1999: Allocated to the Miami Fusion as a Nike Project-40 player, but was traded to D.C. United with John Maessner for Brian Kamler and future considerations on July 17 before making an appearance... Made his MLS debut eight days later on July 25 at New England and went on to appear in eight games with United… Began his MLS career as a forward... Tallied his first career assist on a Clint Peay goal against the Galaxy on Sept. 25… Was a member of D.C.’s MLS Cup winning squad but missed the playoffs due to injury. 

College: Attended collegiate powerhouse Virginia for two seasons (1997-98), earning NSCAA first-team All-America honors as a sophomore in 1998 when he scored 20 goals in 23 games… Helped lead Virginia to the 1997 ACC Tournament championship… Led the Cavaliers to the championship game of the 1997 NCAA College Cup… As a forward, scored 31 goals and added 20 assists in 49 games before leaving after his sophomore year to pursue a professional career. 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Has earned 22 career caps with the U.S. National Team as of Jan. 1, 2010… Was a member of the U.S.’ 23-man squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but did not see any game action… Originally named an alternate to the squad, was added after Frankie Hejduk suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the lead-up to the World Cup… In 2005, appeared in a career-high seven games for the U.S., making six starts with one assist... Returned to the National Team pool for the first time since 2001 – almost three years – on Jan. 19, 2004... Member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney, starting in all six of the U.S.’ matches at the Olympics, scoring two goals as the team finished fourth and reached the medal round for the first time… Made his debut with the senior national team on Sept. 8, 1999, scoring a goal in the 2-2 draw with Jamaica.