Player Details


Clarence Goodson


6' 4"


181 lbs

Date of Birth

5.17.1982 (41)


Alexandria, VA USA


Career Summary

Option declined following 2016 season.

A towering center back, Goodson has proven to be a reliable presence in defense throughout his professional career. He was drafted seventh overall by Dallas in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, following his signing a Project-40 contract. He saw sparse minutes in his rookie season, though locked down a starting spot in 2005, which he kept until his transfer to Norway ahead of the 2008 season. He signed with the Earthquakes in 2013 and has been part of one of the league's most consistent defensive pairings alongside Victor Bernardez ever since.


INTERNATIONAL: Goodson was a regular contributor to the US national team since earning his first cap in 2008 until his most recent appearance in 2014. He currently has 46 caps, with five international goals to his game, and has represented the United States at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 Gold Cups. Goodson was a member of the squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but did not play.

OUTSIDE MLS: Spent five years playing in Scandinavia, first with Norway's IK Start (2008-10) and then Denmark's Brondby (2011-13).

COLLEGE: Played three years for the University of Maryland, making 66 appearances. All-ACC Second Team in his junior year of 2003, when he helped lead the Terps reach the semifinals of the NCAA tournament