Ricardo Clark

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Ricardo Clark
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Personal information
Full name Ricardo Anthony Clark
Date of birth (1983-02-10) February 10, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current club Houston Dynamo
Number 13
Youth career
AFC Lightning Soccer Club
2001–2002 Furman Paladins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 MetroStars 54 (4)
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 30 (3)
2006–2009 Houston Dynamo 97 (7)
2010–2012 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 (0)
2012 Stabæk (loan) 12 (0)
2012– Houston Dynamo 36 (5)
National team
2005–2012 United States 34 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 15, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 22, 2012

Ricardo Anthony Clark (born February 10, 1983[1]) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

High School and College[edit]

Clark attended St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and played college soccer at Furman University in 2001 and 2002, where he was named a first-team All-American in his second season. In 2001, he overcame foot injury to start 14 games and record one assist. In 2002 he scored three goals and registered three assists, and was named, First Team NSCAA All-American, first-team All-American, First Team College Soccer News All-American and All-Southern Conference First Team. He also helped lead Furman to 19–3–1 record and Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships.

Professional[edit]

NY/NJ MetroStars[edit]

After his sophomore year, Clark signed a Project-40 contract with MLS, and entered the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, where he was selected second overall by the MetroStars. Clark was excellent from the first game with the Metros, playing a vital role in the team's midfield, and finishing the season first on the team in minutes. Although Clark was an early favorite to be named MLS Rookie of the Year, he faded near the end, but still was a finalist for the award. He helped the MetroStars win four games en route to the first final in club history. MetroStars were defeated 1–0 by Chicago Fire in Open Cup final.

In his second year with the Metros, Clark struggled to find playing time in a very crowded midfield and to find his form after some minor injuries, but he came on strong at the end of the year, becoming an automatic starter. In two years with the MetroStars, Clark scored four goals and added two assists.

San Jose/Houston Dynamo[edit]

He was traded to San Jose Earthquakes for allocation money and an international roster slot in January 2005.[2]

Clark played very well in San Jose in a defensive midfield position, scoring three goals and two assists. He was named Player Of The Month for July and Earthquakes Player Of The Month for July. Along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, he moved to Houston for the 2006 season where he was part of two MLS Cup Championship runs in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Clark scored MLS Goal of the Week nominee on August 16 vs. Real Salt Lake with a long-range strike.

In 2007, Clark started 19 games in 2007 despite missing almost a month while competing in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONMEBOL 2007 Copa America with the U.S. national team. He was named to MLS All-Star squad that faced Celtic F.C. He finished season with two goals and three assists, but missed the final two regular season and all playoff matches due to a suspension resulting from a deliberate kick aimed at a prone Carlos Ruiz in a match with FC Dallas. On March 3, 2009, started in second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League match at Atlante, made him the fifth player in club history to make 100 starts in all competitions.

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

Clark, whose contract with MLS expired at the end of the 2009 season, signed a deal with Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt for the remainder of the 2009–10 season with an option to extend the contract at the end of the season.[3] Despite being injured for much of his time in Germany, Clark inked a three-year deal with Frankfurt on May 7, 2010.[4] On February 22, 2012 Clark was loaned to Stabæk Fotball until July 31, 2012.[5]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

Clark was re-signed to the Houston Dynamo on August 2, 2012, to replace Geoff Cameron, who had moved to Premier League side Stoke City.[6] On March 2, in the 87th minute in the season opener against DC United, he scored his second goal in a Dynamo uniform.

International[edit]

Clark has played for several youth United States national teams. He played for the US at the 2003 World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Clark got his first senior cap on October 12, 2005 against Panama, and scored his first international goal on July 2, 2007 against Paraguay in the 2007 Copa America. He received his first appearance in a World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago and his first start in World Cup Qualifying against Guatemala. He also participated in the 2009 Confederations Cup[7] Clark scored his first goal in World Cup Qualifying on a 26-yard strike against Trinidad and Tobago, giving the U.S. a 1–0 victory. His father, born in Trinidad, was watching from the stands.

On January 21, 2012 Clark scored a 97th minute header on a corner kick to win the friendly against Venezuela in Phoenix, Arizona. It was Clark's third goal for the US.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. July 2, 2007 Estadio Agustín Tovar, Barinas, Venezuela  Paraguay
1 – 1
1 – 3
Copa América 2007
02. September 9, 2009 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago
1 – 0
1 – 0
Q 2010 World Cup
03. January 21, 2012 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, United States  Venezuela
1 – 0
1 – 0
Friendly Match

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of July 8, 2012
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2003 MetroStars Major League Soccer 28 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 35 3
2004 26 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 28 1
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 30 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 32 4
2006 Houston Dynamo 31 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 35 2
2007 19 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 22 2
2008 25 2 0 0 2 0 7 0 34 2
2009 22 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 28 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2009–10 Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2010–11 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Norway League Norwegian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2012 Stabæk Tippeligaen 12 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total USA 181 14 7 0 13 1 13 0 214 15
Germany 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Norway 12 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 14 1
Career total 198 14 10 0 13 1 13 0 234 15

International[edit]

As of February 22, 2012.
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2005 1 0
2006 0 0
2007 9 1
2008 6 0
2009 11 1
2010 4 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 1
Total 32 3

Honors[edit]

United States
Houston Dynamo

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.houstondynamo.com/players/ricardo-clark
  2. ^ "MetroStars Acquire a Portion of an Allocation and Youth International Spot from San Jose Earthquakes". oursportscentral.com. January 14, 2005. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alles klar mit Clark" (in German). kicker.de. March 21, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Am Anfang wäre ich fast verzweifelt" (in German). bild.de. May 6, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ricardo Clark loaned from Eintracht to Stabaek". Sports Illustrated. February 22, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Lovell, Darrell (August 2, 2012). "Dynamo finalize deal to bring back former hero Clark". Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ashenden, Mark (June 15, 2009). "USA 1-3 Italy". BBC Sport. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 

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