Date of Birth1.24.1986 (35)
BirthplaceGreenville, NC United States
ACQUIRED: Was acquired Dec. 3, 2012, in a trade with Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money.
2014: Appeared in 25 regular-season matches for the team (21 starts) during the 2014 campaign, logging two assists ... Appeared in three 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches (2 starts) ... Played in three of the team's four group games in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, notching an assist in a 6-0 win over Alpha United FC on Sept. 23 ... Saw his streak of 1,749 consecutive minutes played dating back to the 2013 season snapped on March 29 against FC Dallas due to a red card (which was ultimately rescinded by the league after an official review) ... Surpassed 15,000 minutes played in his MLS career on April 12 in a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA.
2013: Started 33 of the club's 34 matches during the regular season, missing just the June 23 match vs. Colorado due to injury … He led the club with 2,951 minutes played and set new career highs in games and minutes played during the 2013 regular season ... Started all four of the club's matches in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, playing all 360 minutes ... Was one of six Portland players on the fan ballot for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game ... Featured in 14 of the club's 15 shutouts during the regular season, and helped the club set an MLS single-season record with 11 home shutouts during the regular season ... Played all but 90 minutes of the club's 587-minute shutout streak at JELD-WEN Field from March 9-July 13 - a Timbers MLS record ... Aided in five straight shutouts for the Timbers at home Sept. 7-Oct. 19, against Toronto FC, Colorado, LA Galaxy, Seattle and Real Salt Lake - a 450 minute, home shutout streak ... Made his Timbers debut March 3 against New York; the season opener also marked his 150th career MLS apperance ... Appeared in his 180th caerer MLS regular-season match Oct. 13, helping lead the Timbers to a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC at JELD-WEN Field ... Played in the club's 1-0 win over EPL side Norwich City FC in a friendly July 24 at JELD-WEN Field ... Played in two matches during the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping the club reach the semifinals, its deepest run in the U.S. Open Cup in club history.
2012: Started nine of the 11 games he appeared in during the 2012 season with Sporting Kansas City … Helped Sporting KC allow the fewest goals in MLS (27) during the regular season … Surpassed 12,000 played in MLS competition, including postseason, on Sept. 22 in a start against the Montreal Impact … Assisted on the game-winning goal by Kei Kamara in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on May 27 … Finished the season ranked ninth on Sporting KC’s all-time regular-season minutes played chart with 11,633, tied for ninth with Josh Wolff in regular-season games started for the club with 128 and eighth in regular-season games played at 149.
2011: Appeared in a total of 23 matches in 2011, 16 of them starts, helping Sporting KC to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference during the regular season … Surpassed 10,000 minutes played in Sporting Kansas City career during LIVESTRONG Sporting Park's inaugural match June 9.
2010: Started 29 matches and matched a career-high with four assists for Sporting KC … Was a staple at the team’s left back position as he started every game prior to the season finale … Named the Cauldron’s Man of the Month for June, starting all three matches and contributing to a pair of shutouts during the month … Played the full 90 in a 2-1 win over famed club Manchester United in a summer friendly July 25.
2009: Played 27 matches (17 starts) for Sporting KC, logging 1,682 minutes … Finished tied for third on the team with three assists, including one in the club’s comeback 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire on April 18 at Toyota Park … Assisted on one of two goals by Josh Wolff in a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake May 16 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
2008: Started all 30 regular-season matches and totaled a career-high 2,597 minutes in his second season with Sporting KC … Contributed two goals and two assists during the regular season … Registered an assist in a season-opening 2-0 win over D.C. United on March 29 … Scored the equalizer in the 48th minute of a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire on Oct. 5 … Started both matches of the club’s postseason series against the eventual MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew.
2007: Selected No. 3 overall by Sporting KC in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft … Named the club’s Rookie of the Year after appearing 29 regular-season matches … Set career-highs with three goals and four assists … Scored his first MLS goal three minutes into his first career MLS start, leading Sporting KC to a 4-2 season-opening win over D.C. United April 14 at RFK Stadium … Logged assists in back-to-back matches, leading to wins over Toronto FC on April 25 and April 28 … His assist April 28 set up the game-winning goal by Eddie Johnson … Started and played 90 minutes in each of match of Sporting KC’s two-game postseason series against Chivas USA.
NATIONAL TEAM: Was one of nine original members of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program at the Bradenton Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in 1999 … Played for the U.S. U-17 National Team in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championships in Finland … Competed with the U.S. U-20 National Team in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championships in Holland under coach Sigi Schmid … Spent time with the U.S. U-23 National Team leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was a alternate on the U.S. Olympic squad ... Was named to the training camp roster for the U.S. Men's National Team training camp in January 2014.
COLLEGE: Attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 2003-06 … Played in 82 games, registering four goals and 14 assists during his collegiate career … Helped the Tar Heels make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances … Named to the preseason Hermann Trophy watch list prior to his senior season in 2006 … Selected to the All-ACC First Team following his senior campaign … Earned second team All-ACC and NSCAA/adidas All-South Region accolades as a junior in 2005 … Started 20 games as a freshman in 2003, and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team following the season.
PERSONAL: Majored in exercise and sport science at UNC … Enjoys listening to music (especially R&B), reading, playing poker and working on his golf game during his time off the pitch … Favorite soccer player growing up was Thierry Henry, and favorite club is Arsenal … Best soccer memory is scoring three minutes into his professional career … Always puts left shin guard and left cleat on first when preparing for matches.