Date of Birth11.23.1981 (41)
BirthplaceWilson, NC USA
MLS Career Highlights: Had started all 101 games in which he appeared entering this season… Had 34 shutouts, including a career-high 11 in 2010, to his credit… Was a MLS Goalkeeper of the Year finalist in 2008… Had a career-high 11 saves against CHI on 7/11/09... Made his first-team league debut for K.C. on 6/10/06 at Crew Stadium, making three saves to post his first win and first shutout, 1-0, over the Crew... Acquired by the Crew allocation... Originally selected by Kansas City in the second round (No. 17 overall) of the second goalkeeper in MLS history to score a goal... Suffered a season ending injury in 2010 after starting every game of the regular season.
MLS Career Playoff Highlights: Had started all six career postseason matches in which he had appeared entering this season… Had a record of 3-2-1 in that time, along with one shutout and a 1.17 goals-against average... Registered first career playoff shutout on 11/8/08 vs. K.C. ... Started in goal for the Crew’s 3-1 win over N.Y. in 2008 MLS Cup.
U.S. Open Cup Career Highlights: Had seen action in four games entering this season, earning two wins.
2010 MLS Season: Appeared and started in 30 matches... Had 11 shutouts (3/27, 4/24, 5/15, 5/23, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 8/28, 9/4, 10/2)... Had three yellow cards (5/23, 8/21, 9/25)... Became the all-time Crew leader in shutouts with a clean sheet at KC on 5/23... Played his 100th MLS match on 10/16.... Celebrated his 100th MLS match by scor-ing a goal in stoppage time on 10/16... Is only the second goalkeeper to score a goal in MLS history.. Was forced to leave final game of regular season (10/24) with a broken shoulder and was replaced by midfielder Eddie Gaven.
2009 MLS Season: Appeared and started in 19 matches… Had a career-high 11 saves on 7/11 at Chicago… Had seven shutouts... Had one yellow card... Missed matches on 4/25, 5/2 and 5/9 with L knee sprain... Missed matches on 5/17, 5/27, 5/30, 6/6 and 6/14 with lumbar strain.
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started both playoff matches against RSL, finishing with a 0-2-0 record and 2.00 goals-against-average.
2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League: Appeared and started in all six matches… Had two shutouts… Had one yellow card.
2008 MLS Season: Appeared in and started 29 games... Finished with a league-best record of 17-6-6 and tied for the league lead with 10 shutouts... Ranked third in goals-against average (1.14)... Saved three of five penalty kick attempts (3/29 vs. TFC, 4/5 at N.Y. and 5/24 vs. N.E.).
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started in all four matches in Crew’s run to MLS Cup title... Finished with a 3-0-1 record and 0.75 goals-against average... Registered first career playoff shutout on 11/8 vs. K.C.
2008 U.S. Open Cup: Started Open Cup qualifier at Chicago (in Peoria, Ill.) on 6/10, a 3-2 loss in OT.
2007 MLS Season: Started all 20 games in which he appeared... Had a then career-high nine saves against K.C. on 9/16... Had five shutouts on the season... Backstopped the Crew to a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) from 6/16-7/7... Notched his first shutout as a member of the Crew on 6/30 vs. N.Y. ... Made his Crew debut on 6/16 at N.E... Missed seven games to start the season due to a right hamstring injury.
2006 MLS Season: Went 1-2-0 in three games, with the victory coming in his first-team league debut 6/10 at Columbus. Made three saves to post 1-0 shutout.
2006 U.S. Open Cup: the full 90 minutes in 2-0 Round of 16 loss to Chicago on 8/14.
2005 MLS Season: Earned promotion from developmental roster to the senior squad and assumed role of backup goalkeeper, but did not appear in a regular-season match.
2005 Reserve Division: Made 10 starts, posting a 5-3-2 record with a 1.44 GAA and three shutouts.
2005 U.S. Open Cup: Made two starts in Open Cup play, earning a 6-1 8/3 in the fourth round.
2004 MLS Season: Spent his rookie professional season on the developmental roster, but did not appear in a regular-season match.
Other Pro Highlights: Has twice been called into extended U.S. National Team camps in January (2008, 2009)... Was a member of the Generation adidas Euro Tour squad that played three games in England and the games went the full 90 minutes of a 1-0 loss to the Coventry City Reserves on 12/5/06.
College: Compiled a record of 37-12-6 in four years at Wake Forest (2000-03)… Compiled a 0.83 goals-against average, .802 save percentage, 201 saves and 5,298 minutes… Named the 2003-04 Wake Forest University Student-Athlete of the Year... 2003: Was named a NSCAA/ adidas and Soccer America All-American despite playing in just 15 games as a senior... Posted a 0.77 GAA before suffering a leg injury in the second-to-last game of the regular season... Missed the ACC tourna-ment and NCAA tournament due to the injury… 2002: Turned in the best season by a goalkeeper in Wake Forest history as a junior... Posted nine shutouts and set a school single-season record with a 0.65 goals-against average... Had a scoreless streak of 569 minutes from 9/21 against St. John’s until 10/19 against Clemson, a streak that included five complete shutouts... Ranked second nationally in GAA… Was named a Soccer America first-team All-American and a second-team NSCAA All-American... Named first-team All-ACC and All-South... 2001: A second-team All-ACC selection, started all 21 games in goal and posted goalkeeper since 1991… 2000: Named to ACC All-Tournament team as a freshman, al-lowing just three goals in 240 minutes while making 24 saves... Made his career debut as a surprise starter in the regular-season postseason games.
Personal: The son of Russell and Janet Hesmer… Has a sister, Anna Jane, and All-American at Wake Forest, where he majored in History… Served as a groomsman in team-mate Brian Carroll’s wedding... An excellent athlete who was named all-conference in basketball, football, baseball and soccer in high school... Named 2000 Athlete of member of the National Honor Society in high school... Enjoys golfing and fishing in his spare time.