Date of Birth5.12.1987 (34)
BirthplaceHuntington Beach, CA USA
MLS Career Highlights: One of Major League Soccer’s most dynamic young stars, he had appeared in 79 MLS games, 69 of them starts, entering this season... Had 11 goals and five assists in that time... Was selected to the 2008 MLS Best XI squad... Also selected to 2008 MLS All-Star First XI, but was with U.S. Olympic Team and did not play... Won Player of the Week honors on 5/12/08... Won Goal of the Week honors on 9/24/08... Made his MLS debut on 4/14/07 at Real Salt Lake... Notched his first goal and assist of MLS and professional Career on 6/16/07 at N.E... Acquired by the Crew via special weighted lottery on 3/8/07.
MLS Cup Playoff Career Highlights: Had made eight appearances, with seven starts entering this season... Scored one goal in the Crew’s run to the 2008 MLS Cuptitle on 11/8 vs. K.C. ... Scored the gamewinner against Colorado in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinal... U.S. Open Cup Highlights: Had appeared in five games, with three starts, entering this season... Totaled one goal and one assist in that time.
CONCACAF Champions League Career Highlights: Had made five appearances, with four starts, entering this season… Had two goals and one yellow card in that time.
2010 MLS Season: Appeared in 20 matches, with 17 starts... Had one goal (5/8)... Had one game-winning goal (5/8)... Had one yellow card (5/8)... Missed matches on 5/20 and 5/23 due to USMNT Call-up.. Missed matches on 8/5, 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 911 and 9/25 due to knee injury... Called up to the USMNT World Cup training camp on 5/11 2010 Playoffs: Started in both games scoring the game winner against Colorado on 11/6/10.
2010 U.S. Open Cup: Started vs. Rochester on 6/29... Came on as a sub in the final at Seattle on 10/5.
2009 MLS Season: Appeared in 22 matches, with 20 starts... Had one goal (8/8) and a career-high five assists... Had four game-winning assists... Had two yellow cards... Missed matches on 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 and 10/10 due to call-up with U.S. MNT... Missed matches on 3/28 and 4/11 with L hamstring strain.
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs: Made two appearances, with one start, in series vs. RSL.
2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League: Appeared in five matches, with four starts… Had two goals... Converted one penalty kick in one attempt... Had one yellow card.
2008 MLS Season: Appeared in 27 games, with 26 starts... Selected to 2008 MLS Best XI squad... Had six goals (two on 4/12 vs. Chivas, 5/3 at K.C., two on 5/10 at S.J. and 9/18 vs. N.Y.) and three assists (7/17 vs. K.C., 9/27 at N.E. and 10/12 at Chicago)... Three of his goals were game-winners (4/12, 5/3, 9/18)... His goal vs. N.Y. on 9/18 was named MLS Goal of the Week, a finalist for MLS Goal of the Year and Crew Goal of the Year... Selected to MLS All-Star First XI, but was with U.S. Olympic Team and did not play.. Won MLS Player of the Week honors 5/12 (Week 7)... Scored a goal in the international exhibition vs. Independiente of Argentina on 7/9... Missed matches on 7/27 and 8/2 while away with the U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing, China.
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started all four games in the Crew's run to 2008 MLS Cup title... Scored his first career postseason goal in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. K.C. on 11/8.
2008 U.S. Open Cup: Appeared in both USOC matches, with one start... Scored a goal in win over RSL on 5/27 and notched an assist at Chicago (in Peoria, Ill.) on 6/10.
2007 MLS Season: Appeared in 10 games, with six starts... Had three goals (6/16 at N.E. and two 10/20 at D.C.) and one assist (6/16 at N.E.) on the season... Made his MLS and Crew debut on 4/14, coming on as a sub against RSL... Made first start of his MLS career on 6/3 at Chicago... Notched first goal and assist of MLS and professional career on 6/16 at N.E. ... Missed six games from 6/20-7/14 while with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at FIFA Under-20 World Cup... Acquired by the Crew via weighted lottery on 3/8/07... 2007 U.S. Open Cup: Started the Crew’s USOC qualifier vs. L.A. on 4/24... 2007 Reserve Division: Appeared in eight games, with seven starts... Had two goals and two assists in reserve division play.
Other Pro Highlights: Passed up his three remaining seasons of eligibility at the University of Maryland to sign with SC Heerenveen, one of the top teams in the Dutch first division, in August 2006… Played with Heerenveen’s reserves, getting time in five games, including three starts, and scoring two goals… Scored his first goal in just his second match with the reserves to help defeat PSV, 3-1, on 9/8… Scored his second goal against FC Twente on 9/26 in a 3-0 win... Secured his release in Feb. 2007 to sign with MLS.
U.S. National Team: Had 12 international caps with the USMNT as of November 2010… Has also represented the U.S. extensively at the U-23, U-20, U-18 and U-17 levels... 2010: Earned starts against Honduras on 1/23 and El Salvador on 2/24… 2009: Earned his first career cap with the senior national team on 1/24, starting friendly vs. Sweden... Represented the U.S. in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup… Scored first career international goal on 7/4 vs. Grenada in the opening match of the 2009 Gold Cup, and also had two assists in the match on the way to being named Man of the Match… Totaled one goal and three assists in 2009 international play… 2008: Was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Beijing, China... Started in all three Olympic matches for the U.S... 2007: Made his Under-23 debut in a pair of friendlies in China against its U-23s on 12/13 and 12/16, scoring in the latter... Started all 10 games in which he appeared for the U.S. U-20s in 2007, scoring one goal and registering five assists... At the U-20 World Cup in Canada, helped lead the U.S. to an impressive 3-1-1 record in a five-game run to the quarterfinals, where the squad was eliminated by Austria in overtime, 2-1... Finished the tournament with two assists, while starting all five matches... Started all three games of the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup... Contributed two assists in win over Haiti on 1/17 and tallied a goal and an assist in win over Panama on 1/21... 2006: Played in five international games for the U-20s, scoring two goals and registering one assist… Scored opening goal of a 2-1 win in a friendly against Canada… Scored opening goal of a 2-2 draw against Denmark in the 2006 Milk Cup… 2005: Played in nine U-20 matches, all as a reserve… Was battling an injury, which hampered him… 2004: Played with both the U-18s and U-20s… Registered his first point for the U-20s, with an assist… Had a total of eight appearances with the U-18s over two years, starting five times… Didn’t play in any internationals with the U-18s… 2002: Was a member of U.S. Soccer’s full-time Residency Program for one semester in the Fall of 2002.
College: Spent one year at the University of Maryland, where he helped the Terrapins to the 2005 NCAA championship, along with current Crew teammate Jason Garey... Started 20 of the 22 matches in which he saw action, scoring seven goals and registering five assists for a total of 19 points… Earned honorable mention on the SoccerTimes.com Men’s All-American team... Selected to ACC All-Conference Freshman team, Top Drawer Soccer Rookie Team of the Year, Soccer America All-Freshman second team, and College Soccer News All-Freshmen third team.
Other Amateur Highlights: Was a two-time Parade High School All-American at Mater Dei High School in California.
Personal: The son of Theresa and Robert Rogers... Has three sisters, Alicia, Nicole and Katie, and a younger brother, Timmy... His maternal grandfather is a graduate of The Ohio State University and his mother spent her early childhood years in Dublin, Ohio, before the family moved to California... Enjoys music, surfing and ping pong in his free time... Lists Zlatan Ibrahimovich as his favorite athlete.