Bobby Boswell D.C. United captain
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
|Full name||Robert Allen Boswell|
|Date of birth||March 15, 1983|
|Place of birth||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2001–2004||FIU Golden Panthers|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 11, 2015.
Boswell grew up in Tampa, Florida, and as a child he played for the Clearwater Chargers. He played college soccer at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, but was not drafted by an MLS club in either the 2005 MLS SuperDraft or the Supplemental Draft.
After impressing during pre-season, Boswell was signed by D.C. United as a discovery player and earned a starting spot in the club's defense after Bryan Namoff had to miss the beginning of the season due to injury. He started the season well, but set the league record by scoring three own goals in a season.
During the 2006 MLS season, Boswell was the starting centerback for United, who finished with the best regular season record and won the Supporters' Shield. Boswell was named an All-Star, and he started and played the entire All-Star match in the 1-0 victory over Chelsea, the defending English Premiership champions. He was named United's 2006 Defender of the Year and Humanitarian of the year. He was also named the 2006 MLS Defender of the Year and selected as a member of the Best XI.
At the end of the 2007 MLS Season, Boswell was traded by United to Houston Dynamo for backup goalkeeper Zach Wells and a second-round pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Boswell enjoyed success with the Houston Dynamo, helping the team to win the regular season Western Conference title. At the conclusion of the 2008 MLS season, Boswell was named the team's defender of the year and the team's "iron man." He also received the team MVP award, as voted by the Houston Dynamo fans. At the team's awards ceremony, Boswell said "We'll be back next year, and try to bring y'all another championship."
After the 2008 season, Boswell initially went to Europe in search of a new club but eventually signed a four-year extension with the Dynamo instead. He signed another new contract with Houston after the 2011 season.
On May 13, 2015, Bobby recorded his 300th appearance for DC United against Newly Expansion team, Orlando City SC.
As a child, Boswell appeared on the Nickelodeon TV show GUTS as Bobby "Lightning" Boswell. At one point, he struggled to kick a soccer ball placed on a pedestal into a goal, missing the ball repeatedly, but still ended up winning the event. His older brother, William, also played soccer with FIU Golden Panthers. His other brother, George, is not as successful. Their cousin is "Frasier" actor Adam Blake Boswell.
Boswell is married to Keri Chadwick. They have two sons named Nash & Kingston Boswell. His nephew is Riley Boswell, a youth soccer player at H.B. Plant High School, being scouted by his uncle's own team, D.C. United.
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