Atiba Harris

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Atiba Harris
Atiba Harris photographed by Christopher Vose.jpg
Harris in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-01-09) January 9, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Full back, winger, forward
Club information
Current team
FC Dallas
Number 14
Youth career
St. Peters FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Cádiz 0 (0)
2003–2004 Linares (loan)
2006–2007 Real Salt Lake 43 (4)
2008–2009 Chivas USA 42 (5)
2009–2010 FC Dallas 41 (6)
2011–2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 12 (2)
2013 Colorado Rapids 29 (5)
2014 San Jose Earthquakes 24 (4)
2015– FC Dallas 52 (3)
National team
2003– Saint Kitts and Nevis 59 (14)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 24, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 7, 2016

Atiba Harris (born January 9, 1985) is a Kittitian professional footballer who currently plays for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer.



Harris played for St. Peters FC as a youngster, captaining them to the SKNFA Premier League Finals, and became the first player from St. Kitts to sign with a Spanish club when he signed in Spain with Cádiz in 2004-05. In 2006, he became the first St. Kitts player to sign with Major League Soccer. He signed with Salt Lake and scored 4 goals and recorded 1 assist in 12 starts.

In December 2007, Harris was traded to Chivas USA for a third-round pick in the 2008 SuperDraft.[1] After a season and a half with Chivas USA, the Goats traded Harris in July 2009 to FC Dallas in exchange for Marcelo Saragosa.[2] Harris ended his Chivas USA career with 42 appearances, 5 goals, and 7 assists.

On September 12, 2009, in a match against Los Angeles Galaxy, Harris scored his first goal with FC Dallas off a Dax McCarty cross. He went on to score another goal vs Seattle finishing the season with two goals and five assists for FC Dallas and four goals and seven assists overall for the 2009 MLS season. Harris was a key player for Dallas in 2010 scoring four goals during the season and helping the club reach its first MLS Cup final.

He was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft.[3] Harris suffered an injury and missed most of the 2011 season. He stayed with Vancouver throughout the 2012 season before being traded to Colorado Rapids in December 2012 in exchange for an international roster spot.[4]

After one season in Colorado Harris was traded to San Jose Earthquakes in January 2014 in exchange for Marvin Chávez.[5]

Harris stayed one season in San Jose before entering the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft in December 2014. He was selected in stage two of the draft by FC Dallas.[6] During his second stint in Dallas, head coach Óscar Pareja mostly used Harris as a right fullback.


Harris has played for the Saint Kitts and Nevis national team since 2003 and now serves as team captain. He played in five of St. Kitts' 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying games, and in its 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Belize on February 6, 2008.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Harris holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[8] He is the first cousin of Aston Villa captain Micah Richards.[9]


  1. ^ "Chivas USA acquires Harris from RSL". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sports - Chivas USA acquires Saragosa in trade - Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Prost Amerika". Prost Amerika. November 24, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rapids acquire Atiba Harris in trade with Vancouver". Colorado Rapids. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "San Jose Earthquakes deal Marvin Chavez to Colorado Rapids for Atiba Harris". Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo each grab two players in Stage 2 of Re-Entry Draft". 
  7. ^ "FIFA Match Report: Belize vs. Saint Kitts and Nevis". February 7, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Earthquakes acquire Atiba Harris from Rapids". San Jose Earthquakes. 
  9. ^ "Summer tour: Micah meets Whitecaps cousin - Manchester City FC". July 18, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 

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