Andy Gruenebaum

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Andy Gruenebaum
Andy Gruenebaum 2011.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-12-30) December 30, 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
San Jose Earthquakes
Youth career
2001–2005 Kentucky Wildcats
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Des Moines Menace 15 (0)
2006–2013 Columbus Crew 80 (0)
2014 Sporting Kansas City 11 (0)
2015– San Jose Earthquakes 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andy Gruenebaum (born December 30, 1982) is an American professional soccer player who plays for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer as a goalkeeper.

Career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

An Overland Park, Kansas, native, Gruenebaum was an All-American at Blue Valley North High School. He attended the University of Kentucky, where he recorded 21 shutouts in 66 collegiate games. Gruenebaum earned All-Conference honors and picked up the nickname “The Hebrew Hammer.”

Prior to his senior season, Gruenebaum starred for the Des Moines Menace in the USL Premier Development League and was named MVP of the 2005 PDL championship as the Menace won their only title.[1]

Professional[edit]

Gruenebaum was selected by the Columbus Crew with the third overall pick in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft. He made his MLS debut in May 2006 when Jon Busch suffered a knee injury in a match against D.C. United and started the final two matches of the season.

He started ten matches in the 2007 season, earning his first two career shutouts in back-to-back matches in April. However, his playing time gradually decreased as Will Hesmer established himself as the starting goalkeeper. He made just one league start in 2008 as the Crew won the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup.[2]

Playing time remained sporadic due to the presence of Hesmer and Gruenebaum's own injuries, but he finally enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, starting 33 matches (including eight shutouts) as Hesmer missed time with injuries. He continued to start in 2013 despite missing time due to injuries.

Following the 2013 season, Gruenenbaum was traded to his hometown club, Sporting Kansas City, in exchange for a 2nd-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.[3] After one season in Kansas City, Gruenenbaum's 2015 contract option was declined and he entered the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft. He was selected in stage one of the draft by San Jose Earthquakes on December 12, 2014.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of December 12, 2014[5]
Club Season League Cup Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Columbus Crew 2006 MLS 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007 MLS 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2008 MLS 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009 MLS 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2010 MLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 MLS 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012 MLS 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2013 MLS 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Total 80 0 0 0 0 0 80 0
Sporting KC 2014 MLS 11 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Career total 91 0 2 0 0 0 93 0

Honors[edit]

Des Moines Menace[edit]

Columbus Crew[edit]

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References[edit]

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