Bobby Boswell

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Bobby Boswell
Bobby Boswell DC United.JPG
Bobby Boswell D.C. United captain
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
Personal information
Full name Robert Allen Boswell
Date of birth (1983-03-15) March 15, 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Austin, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2001–2004 FIU Golden Panthers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 D.C. United 80 (4)
2008–2013 Houston Dynamo 177 (9)
2014–2017 D.C. United 108 (6)
2017 Atlanta United 1 (0)
Total 366 (19)
National team
2006–2007 United States 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:02, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Robert Allen "Bobby" Boswell (born March 15, 1983) is a retired American soccer player. He played his entire professional career in Major League Soccer, mostly with the Houston Dynamo and D.C. United. He retired in 2017 with over 360 appearances in MLS. His best season was in 2006, when he won the MLS Defender of the Year award.

Early life and college[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

Boswell was not drafted by a Major League Soccer club in either the 2005 MLS SuperDraft or the 2005 MLS 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.[1] 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. Zach Wells, who he had been traded for, played sporadically in the 2008 season before retiring at the end of the season.

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.[2] He signed another new contract with Houston after the 2011 season.[3] Boswell's contract with Houston expired after the 2013 season.

D.C. United[edit]

Boswell entered the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft. He returned to D.C. United on December 12, 2013 when D.C. selected him in stage one of the draft.[4] On May 13, 2015, Boswell recorded his 300th appearance for D.C. United against expansion team, Orlando City SC.

Atlanta United[edit]

On August 8, 2017, Boswell was traded by United to expansion team, Atlanta United in exchange for a third round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.[5] Boswell announced his retirement in February 2018.[6]

Upon retirement Boswell was 7th on the all time most MLS minutes played list, with 32,222 minutes in 366 appearances. [7]

International play[edit]

In January 2006, Boswell was called into his first training camp for the U.S. national team. He earned his first cap on February 19, 2006, in a 4-0 victory against Guatemala.


Boswell was named one of the 50 Most Attractive Bachelors in the November 2006 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine as Mr. Virginia.[8]

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.[9][10] His older brother, Billy, also played soccer with FIU Golden Panthers. He has another brother named Chad and one named Drew. Their cousin is "Frasier" actor Adam Blake Boswell.

Boswell is married to Keri Chadwick. Boswell has 3 children. 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.

Boswell stated that after retirement he and his family moved back to Houston, Texas. [11]


D.C. United[edit]



  1. ^ Goff, Steven (December 13, 2007). "United Gets Goalkeeper In Exchange for Boswell". Retrieved October 2, 2017 – via
  2. ^ "Dynamo re-sign center Boswell, deal defender Ianni". Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dynamo re-sign defender Bobby Boswell". December 1, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "2014 MLS Transactions". December 31, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Atlanta United acquires Bobby Boswell from D.C. United". August 8, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
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  8. ^ "Cosmo's Man Hunt: Virginia". Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2007.
  9. ^ "Trying to Find Bobby Boswell's Foil". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 8, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2007.
  10. ^ "My Final Love Letter to DCU Fans". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 16, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2007.
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