Bobby Burling

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Bobby Burling
Bobby Burling.jpg
Burling in July 2010
Personal information
Full name Robert Charles Burling
Date of birth (1984-10-15) October 15, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Clear Lake City, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 23
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Loyola Marymount Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Colorado Springs Blizzard 14 (1)
2007–2009 Chivas USA 23 (0)
2009–2011 San Jose Earthquakes 48 (1)
2012–2014 Chivas USA 48 (1)
2015– Colorado Rapids 38 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:39, 28 October 2016 (UTC).

Robert Charles "Bobby" Burling (born October 15, 1984 in Clear Lake City, Texas) is an American soccer player who plays for the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.



Burling played college soccer at Loyola Marymount University and with Colorado Springs Blizzard in the USL Premier Development League before being drafted in the 4th round (45th overall) by Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2007 MLS Superdraft.[1]


Burling was not offered a contract by Galaxy, and instead signed for Chivas USA three months later.[2] He made over twenty appearances for Chivas, but did not score a goal.[3] Burling was traded to San Jose Earthquakes on September 11, 2009 in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.[4] In three seasons with San Jose Burling made 48 league appearances for the club scoring one goal.

Burling was left exposed by San Jose in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft and was selected by expansion side Montreal Impact.[5] He never signed with Montreal and his rights were traded to Chivas USA for one season's use of an international roster slot on July 6, 2012.[6] Burling officially signed with Chivas USA on August 17, 2012.[7]

Following the 2014 season, the Chivas USA franchise was contracted by MLS and Burling was made available to other MLS clubs in the 2014 MLS Dispersal Draft. He was not selected. In December 2014, he was selected by Colorado Rapids in the MLS Waiver Draft.[8]


  1. ^ "Bobby Burling Drafted by Los Angeles Galaxy". Loyola Marymount University. Retrieved December 5, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Chivas USA acquire French forward Merlin". Chivas USA. Retrieved December 5, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Player bio: Bobby Burling". Chivas USA. Retrieved May 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Earthquakes Acquire Defender Bobby Burling From Chivas USA". San Jose Earthquakes. September 11, 2009. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Greg Lalas (November 23, 2011). "Ching, Mapp headline Montreal expansion draft picks". Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Press Release (July 6, 2012). "The Impact trades Bobby Burling to Chivas USA | Montreal Impact". Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Chivas USA Communications. "Chivas USA sign defender Bobby Burling | Chivas USA". Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-10. 

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