Chris Wingert

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Chris Wingert
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Personal information
Full name Chris Wingert
Date of birth (1982-06-16) June 16, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Babylon, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 St. John's Red Storm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Brooklyn Knights 12 (1)
2004–2005 Columbus Crew 49 (0)
2006–2007 Colorado Rapids 16 (0)
2007–2014 Real Salt Lake 204 (1)
2015–2016 New York City FC 28 (0)
2016–2017 Real Salt Lake 43 (1)
Total 352 (3)
National team
2002–2004 United States U23 16 (0)
2009 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 25, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 22, 2013

Chris Wingert (born June 16, 1982) is a retired American professional soccer player. He spent all fourteen seasons of his professional career in Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Columbus Crew (2004–2005), Colorado Rapids (2006–2007), Real Salt Lake (2007–2014, 2016–2017) and New York City FC (2015–2016). He was a starting defender with Real Salt Lake's MLS Cup Championship team in 2009.



Wingert attended St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School and played college soccer for St. John's University, where he was the 2003 Hermann Trophy winner as that year's best collegiate player.

During his college years Wingert also played with the Brooklyn Knights in the USL Premier Development League.


The Columbus Crew drafted Wingert in the second round (twelfth overall) in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Despite his collegiate success, MLS teams were skeptical about his ability to adapt to the faster and more physical professional game. Nevertheless, Wingert managed to earn a spot on a very good Crew team and was a versatile member of the squad for two years. While in Columbus, he played as both a defender and a defensive midfielder. On January 20, 2006, the Crew traded Wingert to Colorado Rapids for a fourth-round pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.[1]

On July 13, 2007, Real Salt Lake acquired Wingert from Colorado for a first-round pick in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft and a second-round pick in the 2009 supplemental draft.[2]

After eight years with Salt Lake, Wingert was selected in the tenth round of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft by expansion club New York City FC. The club also selected fellow Salt Lake teammate Ned Grabavoy.[3]

Wingert was waived by New York City on January 30, 2016.[4] Three days later, on February 2, he was claimed off of waivers by Real Salt Lake, starting his second stint with the club.[5] He announced his retirement as a professional soccer player on February 19, 2018.[6]


Wingert made his first international appearance for the United States against Sweden on January 24, 2009.


Wingert is the son of Norm Wingert who played for the Philadelphia Atoms in the North American Soccer League.[7]


Real Salt Lake[edit]



  1. ^ "Rapids Acquire Jordan, Wingert from Columbus". OurSports Central. January 20, 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Rapids Trade Rights to Chris Wingert Waive Roberto Brown". MLS. June 27, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ Carter Williams (December 10, 2014). "Real Salt Lake loses Ned Grabavoy, Chris Wingert to old coach in MLS expansion draft". Desert Digital Media. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "New York City FC place defender Chris Wingert on waivers". MLS. January 30, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ Christopher Kamrani (February 2, 2016). "Real Salt Lake: Veteran Chris Wingert returns to RSL". Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ Judd, Brandon. "Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert announces his retirement via social media," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), Monday, February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018
  7. ^ "Like father, like son: MLS players whose fathers also played professional soccer". June 16, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "C. Wingert". Soccerway. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 

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