Chris Rolfe

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Chris Rolfe
Chris Rolfe DC United.JPG
Chris Rolfe of DC United
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
Personal information
Full name Chris Rolfe
Date of birth (1983-01-17) January 17, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Kettering, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward, winger
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 18
Youth career
2001–2004 Dayton Flyers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Chicago Fire Premier 18 (9)
2005–2009 Chicago Fire 123 (36)
2010–2012 AaB 35 (6)
2012–2014 Chicago Fire 55 (12)
2014– D.C. United 61 (16)
National team
2005–2009 United States 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 1, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 20, 2014

Chris Rolfe (born January 17, 1983) is an American soccer player for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

High school and college[edit]

Rolfe attended Kettering Fairmont High School, where he was given his first varsity start as a freshman in the last game of the season in order to play with his brother Jon, a senior. Set the goal scoring record in only 3 years on Varsity. Earned All-State and All-Midwest honors in his senior year after leading the Firebirds to their first district title and first-ever victory over arch-rival Centerville High School. He played college soccer at the University of Dayton.

Despite missing most of his final two intercollegiate seasons due to injury, Rolfe continued to be a dynamic[clarification needed] goal scorer and eventually set the school record for career assists (25). He was named an NSCAA All-American after his senior year with the Flyers. Rolfe also played for Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Premier Development League during the summers of 2003 and 2004, helping the Fire PDL team to the national championship game in 2003 and an undefeated season in 2004.

In 2010, Rolfe was inducted into the Ohio Soccer Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at the prep and college levels in the state of Ohio.

Professional[edit]

Rolfe was drafted by the senior team in the third round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire, and became a Chicago mainstay, scoring 30 goals in his first four seasons with the club, leading his team in goals with eight in his debut 2005 season, and winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2006. Since 2007, Rolfe was one of the Fire's top scorers, scoring 8 goals in the 2007 season and 9 goals in the 2008 season, including a hat-trick and man of the match performance versus the New York Red Bulls.[1]

On September 2, 2009, it was announced that Rolfe had signed with Danish Superliga side Aalborg beginning January 1, 2010.[2] Rolfe struggled at first in Denmark due to injuries, but came into form after recovering from his injuries, being named to the Superliga Best XI five weeks during his final year there.

On April 15, 2012 it was announced that Rolfe was returning to the Fire.[3] Rolfe made his first-team debut with the Fire on June 2 coming on as a second-half substitute against the New England Revolution. Rolfe scored in his home re-debut match at Toyota Park on June 17 in a 3–1 win over the New York Red Bulls. He won the Chicago Fire MVP and Golden Boot for the 2012 season.[4]

Rolfe was traded by Chicago to D.C. United on April 2, 2014 in exchange for allocation money.[5]

Rolfe thrived in his first season at D.C. United, scoring a goal in his debut for D.C. United as a substitute in a 2-0 win against the New England Revolution, giving D.C. United their first win of the season. After scoring 6 goals and creating 6 assists in 21 games, Rolfe suffered a terrible arm injury on September 3, 2014, ending his season.

In 2015, Rolfe led D.C. United to the playoffs and was awarded the Team MVP award (his 2nd) and the Golden Boot Award (his 4th) for most goals scored (10). In the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, Rolfe scored the 2nd goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind win to push United into the MLS Eastern Conference Semi-final.

In his 10 years in Major League Soccer, Rolfe averaged a goal every 3.7 appearances, an assist every 8.25 appearances and has been involved in the MLS Cup playoffs 9 out of 10 seasons.

International[edit]

Rolfe made his debut with the United States men's national soccer team on November 12, 2005, against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, and participated in the Men's National Team's annual January camp the following 4 years. He was named to the 2006 World Cup roster of 30, but was ultimately named an alternate. He represented his country in 2 World Cup qualifying games, helping the team qualify for the 2010 World Cup. The injury sustained in April 2010 in Denmark ruled him unfit for the 2010 World Cup.

Career statistics[edit]

As of December 17, 2015[6][7][8]

Club performance League Cup Playoffs Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League U.S. Open Cup MLS Cup Playoffs CONCACAF Total
2005 Chicago Fire MLS 29 8 2 0 3 0 - - 34 8
2006 21 7 1 0 2 0 - - 23 7
2007 19 6 0 0 3 2 - - 22 8
2008 26 9 3 0 3 1 - - 32 10
2009 28 6 1 0 3 1 - - 32 7
Denmark League Danish Cup UEFA Total
2009/10 AaB Danish Superliga 7 1 - - - - - - 7 1
2010/11 7 1 - - - - - - 7 1
2011/12 21 4 - - - - - - 21 4
USA League U.S. Open Cup MLS Cup Playoffs CONCACAF Total
2012 Chicago Fire MLS 22 8 0 0 1 0 - - 23 8
2013 31 4 4 2 - - - - 35 6
2014 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
D.C. United 21 6 1 0 2 0 - - 24 6
2015 31 10 1 0 3 1 2 0 37 11
USA total 230 64 13 2 20 5 2 0 264 71
Career total 265 70 13 2 20 5 2 0 299 77

Honors[edit]

Major League Soccer
Individual

References[edit]

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