Player Details


James Riley


5' 10"


150 lbs

Date of Birth

10.27.1982 (39)


Colorado Springs, CO USA


2020 MLS Regular Season
2020 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Citizenship: USA
Birth date: October 27, 1982
Previous club: LA Galaxy
Acquired: Signed on March 6, 2015.


A well-traveled, journeyman defender, James Riley came into Colorado’s preseason camp unsigned and earned a roster spot on his sixth MLS team in a 10-year career. Heading into the 2015 campaign, Riley has made 235 MLS appearances (214 starts) and logged 19,415 minutes with New England, San Jose, Seattle, Chivas USA and LA. Started 83 games in three seasons with Seattle. In his first three years in the league (2005-2007), started 54 games for the New England Revolution.


  • Played briefly at LA Galaxy last year (only four appearances, with three starts) but in the previous eight seasons never failed to start less than 20 games each year.


  • Played in 21 games (19) starts in his only season with D.C. United.


  • Started all 32 games for Chivas USA in 2012, tying for the most minutes played.


  • Was part of a Seattle Sounders team that won 18 games.


  • Started 27 games for Seattle and scored the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Houston, the first of his two career goals.


  • Appeared 28 games (27 starts) and registered a season-high four assists.
  • Logged 2,334 minutes during a year Seattle finished third in the Western Conference.


  • Started 23 games in 24 appearances in his only season with San Jose, assisted on two goals and logged more 2,000 minutes with San Jose.


  • In 2007, his third season in the league, helped New England to its third MLS Cup final appearance in as many seasons.
  • Was part of the Revolution’s 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion team.


  • Helped New England reach the MLS Cup final for the second year in a row.
  • Appeared in and started 20 games, logging over 1,700 minutes as the Revolution won the North American SuperLiga.


  • As a rookie started 12 games in 23 appearances, scoring one goal and adding three assists.
  • His lone strike against the New York MetroStars secured the Revolution a berth in the MLS Cup playoffs.
  • Riley was selected in the second round 2005 SuperDraft by the New England Revolution as the 21st overall pick.


  • Played for the Carolina Dynamo and the Colorado Blizzard of the Premier Development League.


  • Played four years at Wake Forest University where he helped the team make the NCAA Division I tournament four straight years.
  • Was a starter all four years, making an immediate impact as a freshman, holding down a defensive position and scoring two goals, adding six assists.