Brian Carroll

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Brian Carroll
Brian Carroll at Preseason Training for the Philadelphia Union, Jan 2011.jpg
Carroll at 2011 preseason training with the Union
Personal information
Full name Brian Carroll
Date of birth (1981-07-20) July 20, 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Springfield, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 7
Youth career
2000–2002 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 D.C. United 121 (2)
2003 Richmond Kickers (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2010 Columbus Crew 84 (2)
2011– Philadelphia Union 105 (4)
National team
2001 United States U20 3 (0)
2005–2009 United States 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 19, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 19, 2014

Brian Carroll (born July 20, 1981 in Springfield, Virginia) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

While in high school, Carroll was the Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year, was twice named to the Parade All-American team, and led the West Springfield Spartans to the final of the Virginia state tournament in 1998.

Carroll played college soccer at Wake Forest University from 2000 to 2002. Named captain as a sophomore, Carroll tied the school record for most assists in a game with 3 and finished the year as a second-team All-ACC selection. As a junior, he was again team captain, an All-American, and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy. After his junior year, he signed a Project-40 contract with MLS, completing his career at Wake Forest with seven goals and 15 assists, having started all 61 games over the three years.

Professional[edit]

Carroll was selected 11th overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United. Unfortunately for him, coach Ray Hudson preferred a lineup dominated by veterans, and although he saw time in U.S. Open Cup competition, Carroll did not appear in any regular season games. Peter Nowak replaced Hudson following the 2003 season, and soon expressed incredulity that a player as talented as Carroll saw no playing time under Hudson. Carroll was a fixture in Nowak's lineup for the first game of the 2004 season, and would remain there all year long, appearing in all 30 of the team's games, starting 26 of them, earning his first MLS assist, and winning the MLS Cup. In 2005 he led the team in minutes and games played, scored his first league goal, added three more assists, and led MLS in consecutive games played, at 62. Carroll was one of three players nominated for the 2005 MLS Fair Play Award. BC started 31 games for the club in 2006, with 1 goal and 3 assists. Carroll lost his starting role with United to fellow defensive midfielder Clyde Simms mid-way through the 2007 season, but still had a productive year, with 4 assists to his credit.

It was announced on 27 November 2006 that Carroll was on trial with French club Olympique de Marseille with hopes for an eventual transfer. However, on 23 January 2007 it was announced that Carroll had signed with D.C. United.

On November 21, 2007, Carroll was selected as part of the expansion draft to join the new San Jose Earthquakes club. On November 26, he was traded to the Columbus Crew in exchange for Kei Kamara.

On November 6, 2010, he missed the penalty which ended the Crew's playoff run, sending the ball over the crossbar.

On November 22, 2010, Carroll was traded to Philadelphia Union in exchange for a second round draft pick and allocation money.[1]

International[edit]

Carroll has played on the Under-18, Under-20, and Under-23 national teams, including the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina and 2003 Olympic Qualifying. In his first game for the full national team (a World Cup qualifier vs. Panama on October 12, 2005) he was named Man of the Match. He currently has eight caps.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2003 D.C. United Major League Soccer 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2004 30 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 35 0
2005 32 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 36 1
2006 31 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 37 1
2007 28 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
2008 Columbus Crew 30 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 36 1
2009 26 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 33 0
2010 28 1 1 0 2 0 3 0 34 1
2011 Philadelphia Union 30 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 33 2
2012 33 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 37 2
2013 23 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 25 3
Total USA 291 8 20 3 20 0 8 0 338 11
Career total 291 8 20 3 20 0 8 0 338 11

Updated August 3, 2013

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2005 2 0
2006 2 0
2007 2 0
2008 0 0
2009 1 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
Total 8 0

Statistics accurate as of September 2, 2011

Personal[edit]

Brian is the brother of fellow professional soccer players Jeff Carroll and Pat Carroll, both of whom have also played for D.C. United.

Honors[edit]

Columbus Crew[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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