Chris Seitz

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Chris Seitz
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Personal information
Full name Christopher Seitz[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-12) March 12, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth San Luis Obispo, California, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
FC Dallas
Number 18
Youth career
2005–2006 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Real Salt Lake 7 (0)
2009 Cleveland City Stars (loan) 1 (0)
2009 Portland Timbers (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Philadelphia Union 23 (0)
2011– FC Dallas 23 (0)
National team
2007 United States U20 4 (0)
2008 United States U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 5, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 13, 2009

Christopher "Chris" Seitz (born March 12, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California) is an American soccer player who currently plays for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Seitz was famously cut by Steve Zoradi, coach of the 1995-1996 Under-10 San Luis Obispo Crossfire AYSO All-Star soccer team. Seitz had tried out as a field player and was told the following year by Zoradi he would make the U-11 SLOSC Crossfire, but only if he converted to goalkeeper. Seitz changed positions and has remained a force in the goal ever since.

Seitz was awarded Gatorade's California High School Soccer Player of the Year award in 2004 while playing for San Luis Obispo High School under the tutelage of coach Bob Galarneau. He also scored four goals in his junior season, all on penalty kicks.

Seitz played college soccer at the University of Maryland for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. As a freshman at Maryland, Seitz won the NCAA national championship by posting a 13-1-2 record with a 0.89 goals against average. He was named College Cup Defensive MVP. During Seitz's two year career at Maryland he registered a 28-5-3 record with a 0.77 GAA. He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.

Professional[edit]

Catching a cross vs San Jose

Seitz was the first goalkeeper drafted during the 2007 MLS SuperDraft when he was selected fourth overall by Real Salt Lake. In his first two starts, Seitz had a 0-1-1 record and a 2.5 GAA. Also in 2009 Seitz played one game on loan for Cleveland City Stars of the USL First Division, a 3-1 loss to Miami FC,[2] and two games on loan at the Portland Timbers, also of the USL First Division, both against the Carolina RailHawks.[3][4]

In three seasons in Salt Lake, Seitz was never able to un-seat veteran Nick Rimando as RSL's first-choice keeper. On November 25, 2009, he was traded to MLS expansion franchise Philadelphia Union.[5]

Seitz spent the first 22 games of Philadelphia's inaugural season as the Union's starter, before being dropped to the bench behind Brad Knighton. He posted a 1.80 goals against average, worst in the league for players with more than one start in goal.[6] The Philadelphia Union did not choose to extend his contract, making him available for the 2 stages of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft after the 2010 season.[7]

Seitz was selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft. A contract was agreed with Seattle and he was immediately traded to FC Dallas in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[8]

Seitz started one game for FC Dallas in 2011, allowing four goals in a 4-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.[9]

Seitz started against Vancouver Whitecaps FC due to an injured Kevin Hartman, who was dealing with back spasms, to finish in a 0-1 loss for Dallas.[10] Seitz would go on to start the next two games until Hartman was able to play again.

Seitz put his soccer career on hold for a brief time in September 2012, despite having no guaranteed contract for the upcoming 2013 season, when he elected to donate bone marrow to save the life of a random stranger for whose bone marrow he was a match.[11]

International[edit]

Seitz earned his first full international call up for the game against Brazil on September 9, 2007, but did not see any playing time. He previously started games for the U-23 squad in the CONCACAF Pre-Olympic qualification tournament prior to the 2008 Olympic Games, and was on the roster for the 2008 Summer Olympic soccer tournament.

Honors[edit]

Real Salt Lake[edit]

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Updated October 24, 2010

Season United States MLS MLS Cup Playoffs U.S. Open Cup North America Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Real Salt Lake 2007 3 0 - - - - - - 3 0
2008 0 0 - - - - - - 0 0
2009 4 0 - - - - - - 4 0
Club Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Philadelphia Union
2010 23 0 - - 1 0 - - 24 0
Club Total 23 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
Career Total 30 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 31 0

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