Date of Birth3.20.1987 (34)
BirthplaceShoreline, WA USA
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected 14th in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft from FC Dallas on Dec. 10, 2014
2013: Logged more than 2,000 minutes for the FC Dallas defense for the third time in his career. Scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 87th minute of a 1-0 win versus Los Angeles Galaxy on April 13. Was on the field for seven of Dallas’ nine shutouts. Through the first 21 games of the season, Dallas had a 7-2-4 record with John on the field and a 1-3-4 record without the central defender.
2012: Returned from a two-month loan period with West Ham United on March 2. Logged 1,756 minutes played for FC Dallas. The team was 7-9-7 in matches in which John played and 2-4-5 in the 11 matches he missed due to injury.
2011: Logged the third-most minutes (3,638) of any FC Dallas player across all competitions despite missing three games in August to travel to England and discuss a possible contract with Blackburn. Scored three goals and had one assist for Dallas. The first assist of his career came on a goal scored by Marvin Chavez in the 78th minute of a 2-2 draw with New York Red Bulls on June 23.
2010: Started 25 of 30 regular season games. Scored his only goal of the season against the Galaxy in the Western Conference Final on Nov. 14. Helped Dallas record a franchise-best goals against average of 0.93.
2009: Made his professional debut when he started his first career MLS match as a central defender on April 19 versus Toronto FC, a 3-2 win. Started 15 of the 30 regular season games and appeared in 16 matches in his rookie season. Suffered a right hamstring injury on May 16 forcing him to miss the next six games. Drafted in the first round (14th overall) by FC Dallas in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
Four-year letterwinner, three-year starter, and two-year co-captain at the University of Washington. Played the majority of his career as a defensive midfielder. Led the Huskies to back-to-back trips to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and '07. Three-time NSCAA/adidas All-Far West Region selection (first-team in 2008; second-team in '07, '06). Two-time first-team All-Pac-10 ('07, '08). All-Pac-10 second-team honoree in '06. Two-time first-team NSCAA Scholar All-American ('07, '08). Named 2008 Pac-10 Men’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. Three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection (first-team in '08, '06; second-team in '07). Four of his nine career goals were game-winners.
Parents are John and Emilie. Mother is a teacher and father is a lawyer. Has a brother, Anthony, and a sister, Angelea. Was a business administration major at the University of Washington. Is an avid Greek dancer. Won the 2010 AHEPA Harrg Agganis Award.
MLS Western Conference Championship (1): 2010