C. J. Brown
Brown as assistant coach of Real Salt Lake in 2011
|Full name||Charles James Brown|
|Date of birth||June 15, 1975|
|Place of birth||Eugene, Oregon, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Center Back|
|1993–1996||San Jose State Spartans|
|1995–1997||San Francisco Bay Seals||47||(0)|
|2011–2013||Real Salt Lake (assistant)|
|2014||Chicago Fire (assistant)|
|2015||New York City FC (assistant)|
|2016||Aurora Borealis SC|
|2016–||Orlando City SC (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 18, 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 18, 2010
College and amateur
Brown played college soccer at San Jose State University for four years. He finished with 11 points (5 goals and 1 assist) and was named a two-time All-Conference Player in 1995 and 1996. Out of college, Brown was ignored by MLS, and instead joined the USISL's San Francisco Bay Seals between 1995 and 1997.
For the first two years, Brown played as an amateur while the Bay Seals played in USISL Premier League and he was still playing at San Jose. In 1997, the Bay Seals played in the USISL D-3 Pro League and made an improbable run to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals in 1997. His performances made Major League Soccer clubs take notice.
Brown was drafted first overall in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chicago. He immediately stepped into the Fire's starting lineup and continued there until his retirement at the end of the 2010 season.
In his ten years and beyond in the league, Brown has played in 249 regular season games, first in team history. He has also appeared in 32 playoff games, helping the Fire to the MLS Cup in 1998. Brown has scored four MLS goals in his career (three in the regular season and one in the playoffs). He won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006.
On October 21, 2010, Brown announced he would retire following the Fire's season finale two days later at Chivas USA which the team went on to win 4-1. Brown retired as the club's last remaining "Fire Original", and the all-time leader in competitive appearances (372), starts (364) and minutes (32,538). Brown sits behind only Jaime Moreno (415) and Cobi Jones (392) for most competitive appearances for one MLS team.
He also won the Chicago Fire/USSF Humanitarian of the Year from 2001 through 2003 for his efforts in his community.
On May 9, 2012 Brown was inducted into the Chicago Fire's Hall of Fame.
On January 18, 2010, Brown was hired as an assistant head coach for Real Salt Lake. He would assume the vacancy left by Robin Fraser, who left the club to coach Chivas USA. On December 11, 2013, Brown was named assistant coach of the Chicago Fire, where he won an MLS Cup as a player in 1998. After almost a year he moved to expansion club New York City FC on December 1, 2014, rejoining Jason Kreis, who he had worked under at Real Salt Lake.
On November 2, 2015 New York City FC, disappointed with not making the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, announced they had parted ways with Head Coach Jason Kreis as well as Brown and assistant Miles Joseph after just one year of management and would be looking for a new head coach for the following season.
After emerging from soccer obscurity, Brown amassed 15 caps with the United States national team, his first coming on November 6, 1998 against Australia. He played in the US's third-place finish at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, when he was involved in one of the biggest surprises for the U.S during the tournament, playing 90 min. on July 2 vs. Germany, in the U.S.'s 2-0 win. He also appeared in two games for the U.S. in the 2000 Gold Cup, playing 18 min. as a second-half sub on February 16 vs. Peru - a 1-0 win - and on February 2, as the Americans downed Haiti 3-0, he also participated in the Olympic Festival in 1994 and 1995.
Statistics accurate as of January 5, 2014.
|Club performance||League||Playoffs||Open Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||Regular Season||Playoffs||Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup||CONCACAF/SuperLiga||Total|
|1998||Chicago Fire S.C.||Major League Soccer||28||2||5||0||4||0||–||37||2|
- MLS Cup
- Supporters' Shield
- Winners (1): 2003
- Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
- Chicago Fire Defender of the Year:
- Chicago Fire Humanitarian of the Year:
Brown married wife Kim on October 22, 2000, the day after winning the 2000 U.S. Open Cup Championship. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Canessa J-Lyn, on February 24, 2004. Their second daughter, Kali Anh Brown, was born exactly one year later, on February 24, 2005.
- "Brown to Retire". ESPNChicago.com. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- "CJ 350". Chicago-Fire.com. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
- "Brown returns to Chicago for "Ring of Fire" induction". MLSsoccer.com. May 9, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- "Real Salt Lake Adds C.J. Brown to Coaching Staff". realsaltlake.com. January 18, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- "New York City FC Adds CJ Brown to Coaching Staff". nycfc.com. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- "Jason Kreis leaves post as New York City FC Head Coach". nycfc.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
- "C.J. Brown". Chicago-Fire.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
|Chicago Fire captain