||Clarence E. Goodson IV
|Date of birth
May 17, 1982 |
|Place of birth
||Alexandria, Virginia, United States
||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
||Boulder Rapids Reserve
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 22, 2013
Clarence Goodson (born May 17, 1982) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays defender for Brøndby IF in Denmark, with whom he signed a three-year deal in November 2010.
Youth career 
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Goodson attended Annandale High School his freshman and sophomore seasons before moving to Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School. He was the Annandale team MVP, setting a school record for goals and points by a sophomore in 1998. He then went on to win the Virginia State High School Soccer title playing for W.T. Woodson High School in 2000. He played his club soccer with the Braddock Road Warhawks, winning the 1999 U-17 national championship. Goodson played three years of soccer at the University of Maryland, which he joined in 2000. After redshirting in 2001, Goodson helped anchor the defense of one of the best teams in college soccer. In his career at Maryland, Goodson played 66 games, registering 10 goals and 11 assists. In 2003, he spent the collegiate offseason with the Boulder Rapids Reserve.
Club career 
After his junior year, Goodson signed a Project-40 with Major League Soccer (MLS), entering the 2004 MLS SuperDraft as an underclassman, where he was drafted seventh overall by the then-Dallas Burn. In his first year with the Burn, Goodson played only 247 league minutes in five games; however, he saw extended action in Cup competitions and exhibitions. He became a starter in 2005, the year the team was renamed FC Dallas.
On November 21, 2007, he was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft, but declared that he would not be signing a new contract with MLS in January 2008; instead, he signed a contract with the Norwegian team IK Start.
Goodson made his international debut in a friendly against Sweden on January 19, 2008. He was a member of the U.S. squad at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and scored in the semifinal against Honduras on July 23, 2009. On May 26, 2010, Goodson was selected to be part of the 23 man roster for the American national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
International goals 
Goodson got married to Kelsey Dawson on January 31, 2009, in Tacoma, Washington. The couple were featured on an episode of HGTV's House Hunters International, searching for an apartment in Copenhagen after Goodson's transfer to Brøndby IF He purchased an apartment valued at $900,000.
Career statistics 
External links