Franklin (in blue) playing for LA Galaxy in 2008
|Full name||Sean Michael Franklin|
|Date of birth||March 21, 1985|
|Place of birth||Panorama City, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Current club||D.C. United|
|2004–2007||Cal State Northridge Matadors|
|2006–2007||San Fernando Valley Quakes||31||(4)|
|2008–2013||Los Angeles Galaxy||160||(5)|
|2005||United States U20||2||(0)|
|2007||United States U23||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 7, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Youth and amateur
Franklin was a three-time letterwinner at Highland High School in Palmdale, California. He was named the Golden League’s Most Valuable Player as a senior, and also earned all-area first-team honors in 2003 after helping the Bulldogs to a Golden League crown in 2003.
At Cal State Northridge, he was an invaluable member of the Matadors’ defense, starting over 50 games since 2004, being named to the All-Big West Conference team in both 2005 and 2006. During his college years Franklin spent two years with the San Fernando Valley Quakes of the USL Premier Development League, helping them reach the playoffs for the first time in 2007, although his campaign was cut short when he broke his arm in the playoff semi-final against BYU Cougars.
In late April, Greg Daurio reported coach Gullit saying Franklin had been their best player, saying "I think again he played an excellent game. If you see how he goes into midfield, gives long balls to David (Beckham) all the time, I think he's made huge progress. That makes me happy." On May 16, Los Angeles Galaxy Media Relations' Mark Rogondino said he's growing into an MLS caliber defender, describing his play, "Franklin is adjusting to the combination of physical play and skill, but what I think is even more important is that he is starting to anticipate and read the game a bit more in the past weeks. Every so often, he will surprise you with a flashing run forward too."
He signed a new contract with Los Angeles on December 23, 2011.
Franklin was called up to the U.S. under-20 men’s national team during the spring of 2004, and played 90 minutes for the U-23 team in a 0–0 draw with Japan in Japan in 2007.
He was called up to the senior men's squad twice in 2008 and 2009. He was unused in the World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on November 18, 2008, and withdrew from the camp which faced Sweden on January 24, 2009 with a hernia injury.
He made his senior debut on January 22, 2011 in a friendly match against Chile.
- Los Angeles Galaxy
- MLS Rookie of the Year: 2008
- Daurio, Greg (April 30, 2008). "Rookie impresses amid Galaxy stars". MLSnet. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
- Rogondino, Mark (May 16, 2008). "Rollin' with Rogo: Lone Star State challenge". Los Angeles Galaxy Media Relations. Retrieved May 18, 2008.
- Galaxy's Franklin to miss 4-6 months