David Stokes

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David Stokes
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Personal information
Full name David Stokes
Date of birth (1982-05-28) May 28, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Dumfries, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2000–02 North Carolina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Raleigh CASL Elite 13 (1)
2003-2006 D.C. United 24 (0)
2003 Virginia Beach Mariners (loan) 8 (0)
2007-2008 Carolina RailHawks 44 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 30, 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).
For the writer, see David R. Stokes.

David Stokes (b. May 28, 1982, Dumfries, Virginia) is an American soccer player, who last played three seasons in Major League Soccer and two in the USL First Division.

High school and college[edit]

Stokes attended high school at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia where he won back to back Virginia AAA state championships. His high school team received a #1 national ranking in 1998. Stokes played club soccer for the Braddock Road Youth Club where he won 3 Virginia State Cups and a USYSA National Championship in 1999. Stokes also won an indoor National Championship with Braddock Road. He then played three years of college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2000 to 2002. As a sophomore, Stokes was named Defensive MVP of the College Cup as he helped UNC to a national championship.

Professional[edit]

After finishing his junior season, Stokes signed a Project-40 contract with MLS. Hailed as the second-coming of Eddie Pope, Stokes was selected 5th overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United. Although Stokes' athleticism was clear, he did not receive the opportunity to play in regular season action during his rookie year. He did appear in U.S. Open Cup games for United, friendly matches (including a win against Blackburn Rovers) and made appearances on loan with the Virginia Beach Mariners.[1] After Ray Hudson was released, many expected Stokes to play a larger role in Peter Nowak's team. Stokes had a promising beginning to the 2005 season in which he saw action in the CONCACAF champions cup and began the MLS regular season in the starting eleven. A concussion sidelined Stokes in the early part of his campaign. After recovering from this, he had another setback after he suffered a harsh tackle resulting in cartilage damage in his left ankle. The injury required surgery and ended Stokes' '05 season. Stokes worked hard to recover earlier than expected and arrived fit to play in the '06 preseason, but 2 quadriceps tears sidelined Stokes once again until the late summer. Stokes worked his way back into the first team after reserve team appearances but did not receive much playing time in his last season with DC.

After his tenure with DC, Stokes overcame his injuries and signed with the Carolina Railhawks. He was able to return to school and continue to play as well. Stokes helped Carolina to back to back Southern Derby Cup championships and plans on graduating from UNC in the summer of 2009.

Olympic team[edit]

Stokes played for the United States under-23 men's national soccer team in the qualification rounds, notching the game winning assist in the group phase play vs. Honduras which locked the team into first place going into the semi-final. This talented group failed to qualify, however, after losing to Mexico in Mexico in front of their crowd of 60,000+.

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