Brandon McDonald (soccer)

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Brandon McDonald
Brandon McDonald at Union at Earthquakes 2010-09-15.JPG
McDonald with the Earthquakes in September 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-01-16) January 16, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Glendale, Arizona, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Sereno Golden Eagles
2004–2007 San Francisco Dons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 San Francisco Seals 5 (0)
2007 San Jose Frogs 10 (1)
2008 Los Angeles Galaxy 16 (1)
2009–2011 San Jose Earthquakes 58 (3)
2011–2013 D.C. United 63 (3)
2013 Real Salt Lake 3 (0)
2014 Ljungskile SK 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 9, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brandon McDonald (born January 16, 1986 in Glendale, Arizona) is an American soccer player who last played for Ljungskile SK in the Superettan.


Amateur and College[edit]

McDonald was an NSCAA High School All-American while playing for Cactus High School and participated in the annual High School All-America game. In addition, he was in the USA National under-17 pool. Before moving to the University of San Francisco in 2004 McDonald played for the Sereno Golden Eagles youth club with Michael Gavin, Rob Valentino and current teammate Robbie Findley. McDonald played over 50 games for the Dons, finishing second on the team in scoring in his freshman year. He also shared the Stephen Negoesco Award for achievement by an underclassmen in 2004.

During his college years McDonald also played with both the San Francisco Seals and the San Jose Frogs of the USL Premier Development League.


McDonald was the 46th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy, and made his MLS debut as a substitute in Galaxy's first match of the 2008 season against Colorado Rapids on March 29, 2008. He scored his first MLS goal on October 12, 2008, a 35-yard strike, also against Colorado.

He was waived by the Galaxy in February 2009 and signed with the San Jose Earthquakes on March 20, 2009.[1]

On June 27, 2011, McDonald was traded to D.C. United from San Jose in exchange for allocation money.[2] He signed a contract extension with D.C. on August 23, 2011.[3] Terms of the new contract were undisclosed.

McDonald was traded to Real Salt Lake on July 17, 2013.[4] He started three games for the team before being included in RSL's re-entry draft list but was not picked up in the draft.[5]


On December 22, 2009, McDonald received his first call up to train with the senior US national team. He was sad that he failed to get called up.


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