James Riley (soccer)

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James Riley
James Riley.jpg
Riley waving to the crowd at Qwest Field
Personal information
Full name James Riley
Date of birth (1982-10-27) October 27, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 16
Youth career
2001–2004 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Carolina Dynamo 12 (1)
2004 Colorado Springs Blizzard 5 (2)
2005–2007 New England Revolution 70 (1)
2008 San Jose Earthquakes 24 (0)
2009–2011 Seattle Sounders FC 84 (1)
2012 Chivas USA 32 (0)
2013 D.C. United 21 (0)
2014 LA Galaxy 4 (0)
2015– Colorado Rapids 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 7, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Riley (born October 27, 1982) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.


College and Amateur[edit]

Riley played college soccer at Wake Forest University, and in the USL Premier Development League with both Carolina Dynamo and his hometown team, Colorado Springs Blizzard.[1]


New England Revolution drafted Riley in the second round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, and he acquitted himself well in his rookie season, playing various positions and scoring a goal. He continued to keep himself in the mix in defense, starting the majority of the games in 2006 and 2007.

Riley was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft and subsequently made 24 appearances for the team before being taken by the Seattle Sounders FC in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft. He stayed with Seattle through the 2011 season, helping the club win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup championships.

Riley was left exposed by Seattle in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft and he was selected by expansion side Montreal Impact in the November 23, 2011 draft.[2] He was then immediately traded with allocation money to Chivas USA for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen.[3] Riley was traded to D.C. United on February 14, 2013 for a 2015 Supplemental Draft pick.[4]

Riley won his 5th US Open Cup title in 2013 with D.C. United. In the sixth minute of stoppage time there was on open header in the box from Álvaro Saborío that Riley was able to deflect onto the cross bar to prevent extra time.[5]

After his release from D.C. United, Riley trialled with and was eventually signed by LA Galaxy.[6]


Years Club Competition Apps. Goals
2003 Carolina Dynamo USL Premier Development League 12 1
2004 Colorado Springs Blizzard 5 2
2005 New England Revolution Major League Soccer 23 1
2006 20 0
2007 27 0
2008 San Jose Earthquakes 24 0
2009 Seattle Sounders FC 28 0
2010 27 1
2011 29 0
2012 Chivas USA 32 0
2013 D.C. United 21 0
2014 LA Galaxy 4 0
2015 Colorado Rapids 2 0


New England Revolution[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

DC United[edit]

LA Galaxy[edit]


  • Prost Amerika's Sounders FC Player Of The Year 2009
  • MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month for October 2010


  1. ^ Carolina Dynamo All Time Roster
  2. ^ Greg Lalas (November 23, 2011). "Ching, Mapp headline Montreal expansion draft picks". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Greg Lalas (November 23, 2011). "Montreal take Riley, ship him to Chivas for Braun, Mayen". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Goff, Steven. "D.C. United acquires James Riley". Washington Post. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Soccer, US. "D.C. United Earns Third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship with 1-0 Victory Against Real Salt Lake". Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Serrano, Adam (February 22, 2014). "bolster their defense with the addition of veteran outside back James Riley". LA Galaxy. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 

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