Hunter Freeman playing for Start
|Full name||Hunter Freeman|
|Date of birth||January 8, 1985|
|Place of birth||Tyler, Texas, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|New York Cosmos|
|2007–2008||New York Red Bulls||30||(1)|
|2013–||New York Cosmos||13||(0)|
|2004–2005||United States U20||19||(1)|
|2007–2008||United States U23||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 16, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
College and amateur
As a teenager, Freeman trained in residency at the United States Soccer Federation's Bradenton Academy with the United States Under-17 national team. Upon graduating, he attended the University of Virginia, where he played college soccer from 2002 to 2004. Freeman led the nation in his junior season with 21 assists, and was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. He also played with the Texas Spurs in the USL Premier Development League.
Following the 2004 season, Freeman signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer and was subsequently selected seventh overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids. He would go on to appear in 47 league matches, including 38 starts for Colorado during his two years at the club.
In March 2007, Freeman was traded to New York Red Bulls for a 2008 MLS SuperDraft 3rd round pick and a 2009 4th round Supplemental Draft pick. Freeman scored his first MLS goal in a 1–0 win over FC Dallas on April 26, 2007. After a promising start to his Red Bull career, Freeman was forced to the sidelines due to injury and his form suffered. He eventually lost his starting role, but by the end of the season he regained his form and contributed to the team's playoff run. During the 2007 regular season Freeman appeared in 16 games, including 15 starts, scoring one goal and assisting on another. He also started and played the full 90 minutes in the club's two playoff games.
He was traded to Toronto FC on September 12, 2008. Despite Freeman having already agreed to join IK Start of the Norwegian leagues, Toronto FC gave up two supplemental draft picks to acquire him for four months. Trade conditions also dictated that New York retain the MLS rights to Freeman.
On July 11, 2009, Freeman scored his first goal for Start on a free kick. Start won the game 2–1. After two seasons with IK Start, Freeman moved back to the US, joining Houston Dynamo. Houston sent allocation money to New York to acquire the rights to Freeman. Houston also received a third-round selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
At season's end, Houston declined his 2012 contract option and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Freeman was selected by Colorado Rapids in stage two of the draft on December 12, 2011. He signed with Colorado on January 6, 2012.
At the end of 2012, Colorado declined the 2013 contract option for Freeman and he entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft. On December 14, 2012, Freeman was selected in stage two of the draft by New England Revolution, but was never signed. Freeman signed with the expansion New York Cosmos of the Division II North American Soccer League on February 12, 2013.
Freeman has played for various youth United States national teams, and was part of the United States U-20 men's national soccer team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was also called up to the United States U-23 men's national soccer team for the 2008 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament, which qualified the Americans for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- YouTube clip of the goal
- FIFA player stats