Player Details

Name

Steve Birnbaum

Height

6' 1"

Weight

181 lbs

Date of Birth

1.23.1991 (30)

Birthplace

Newport, CA USA

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Unknown

Preferred Side

Unknown

Footedness

Right
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Selected 2nd overall of 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Signed a three-year contract extension on March 6, 2020

One of the best center backs in MLS, Birnbaum is a durable leader with terrific defensive instincts and is often among the league's leaders in headed clearances and aerials won. The D.C. United captain was rewarded for his service with a three-year contract extension in March, 2020.

INTERNATIONAL: Birnbaum made his international debut for the US national team on Jan. 28, 2015 and scored his first international goal a year later (a game-winner against Iceland). Birnbaum was also named to Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the Copa America Centenario and World Cup Qualifiers in March and September, 2016.

COLLEGE: Birnbaum played four at Cal. He was a Missouri Athletic Club Herman Trophy Semifinalist, named a NSCAA First Team All-American, NSCAA First Team All-Far-West Team, College Soccer News First Team All-American selection, All Pac-12 first team, Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention and Soccer News Net College Boot Player of the Year Finalist in his senior year.

NOTES: 2016 MLS All-Star

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