Clarence Goodson

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Clarence Goodson
Clarence Goodson FC Dallas.jpg
Goodson with FC Dallas
Personal information
Full name Clarence Edgar Goodson IV
Date of birth (1982-05-17) May 17, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
San Jose Earthquakes
Number 44
Youth career
2000–2003 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Boulder Rapids Reserve 12 (1)
2004–2007 FC Dallas 74 (3)
2008–2010 IK Start 69 (10)
2011–2013 Brøndby 60 (6)
2013– San Jose Earthquakes 19 (0)
National team
2008– United States 46 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 14, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 14, 2014

Clarence Edgar Goodson IV (born May 17, 1982) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays defender for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer.

Youth career[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[1]

Club career[edit]

Warming up at Buck Shaw Stadium

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 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, Goodson 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. He remained with Start through the 2010 season. In November 2010, Goodson signed with Brøndby of the Danish Superliga.[2]

Goodson returned to MLS on June 28, 2013 when he signed with San Jose Earthquakes.[3]

International[edit]

Goodson signing autographs with Landon Donovan during an open training session at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

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.

Goodson has been used in the rotation of Centerbacks for the US Men's National Team under Jurgen Klinsmann. Goodson was named to the United States roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition. He was included on Klinsmann's 30-man preliminary roster for the US team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but he was not included on the final roster.[4]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 23, 2009 Soldier Field, Chicago, USA  Honduras 1 – 0 2–0 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. January 23, 2010 StubHub Center, Los Angeles, USA  Honduras 1 – 3 1–3 Friendly
3. June 11, 2011 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, USA  Panama 1 – 2 1–2 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4 5 July 2013 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, USA  Guatemala 5 – 0 6–0 Friendly
5 21 July 2013 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, USA  El Salvador 1 – 0 5–1 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Personal[edit]

Goodson married Kelsey Dawson on January 31, 2009, in Tacoma, Washington. The couple were featured on an episode of HGTV's House Hunters International,[5] searching for an apartment in Copenhagen after Goodson's transfer to Brøndby IF. He purchased an apartment valued at $900,000.

Goodson is a Christian. Goodson participates in a weekly team Bible study.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of December 14, 2014.
Season Club League League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004 FC Dallas Major League Soccer 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2005 29 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 31 2
2006 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
2007 27 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 29 3
FC Dallas totals 74 3 3 1 5 1 0 0 82 5
2008 Start First Division 22 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 4
2009 Tippeligaen 21 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
2010 26 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 3
Start totals 69 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 73 10
2010–11 Brøndby Superligaen 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
2011–12 31 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 35 2
2012–13 19 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
Brøndby totals 60 6 3 0 0 0 2 0 65 6
2013 San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
2014 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
San Jose totals 19 0 0 0 2 0 21 0
Career totals 222 19 10 1 5 1 4 0 241 21

Honors[edit]

International[edit]

United States

References[edit]

External links[edit]