Chris Rolfe of DC United
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
|Full name||Chris Rolfe|
|Date of birth||January 17, 1983|
|Place of birth||Kettering, Ohio, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Forward, Winger|
|2003–2004||Chicago Fire Premier||18||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 11, 2015.
High School and College
Rolfe attended Kettering Fairmont High School, where he was given his first varsity start as a freshmen by captain, Devin DelGrosso, earning All-State and All-Midwest honors 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 goal scorer and eventually set the school record for career assists (25). He was named an NSCAA All-American after this senior year with the Flyers. Rolfe also played for Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Premier Development League.
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.
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 has been one of the Fire's top league scorers, scoring 8 goals in the 2007 season and a career high 9 goals in the 2008 season, including a hat-trick and man of the match performance versus the New York Red Bulls.
On September 2, 2009 it was announced that Rolfe had signed with Danish Superliga side Aalborg beginning January 1, 2010. Rolfe struggled at first in Denmark due to injuries, but came into form after recovering from his injuries.
On April 15, 2012 it was announced that Rolfe was returning to the Fire. 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 return home 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.
Rolfe made his debut with the United States men's national soccer team on November 12, 2005 against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Chris was once again called to duty on the national soccer team, in November 2008.
- Chicago Fire
- Chicago Fire: Golden Boot (Top Scorer) 2005
- Chicago Fire: Golden Boot (Top Scorer) 2008
- Chicago Fire: MLS Player of the Week, Week 21, 2013
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