|Full name||Clarence Edgar Goodson IV|
|Date of birth||May 17, 1982|
|Place of birth||Alexandria, Virginia, United States|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|2003||Boulder Rapids Reserve||12||(1)|
|2013–2016||San Jose Earthquakes||49||(2)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Clarence Edgar Goodson IV (born May 17, 1982) is an American former soccer player who played as a defender.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Goodson attended Annandale High School his freshman and sophomore seasons before moving to Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School. He was the Annandale team MVP, setting a school record for goals and points by a sophomore in 1998. He then went on to win the Virginia State High School Soccer title playing for W.T. Woodson High School in 2000. He played his club soccer with the Braddock Road Warhawks, winning the 1999 U-17 national championship. Goodson played three years of soccer at the University of Maryland, which he joined in 2000. After redshirting in 2001, Goodson helped anchor the defense of one of the best teams in college soccer. In his career at Maryland, Goodson played 66 games, registering 10 goals and 11 assists. In 2003, he spent the collegiate offseason with the Boulder Rapids Reserve.
After his junior year, Goodson signed a Project-40 with Major League Soccer (MLS), entering the 2004 MLS SuperDraft as an underclassman, where he was drafted seventh overall by the Dallas Burn. In his first year with the Burn, Goodson played only 247 league minutes in five games; however, he saw extended action in Cup competitions and exhibitions. He became a starter in 2005, the year the team was renamed FC Dallas.
On November 21, 2007, Goodson was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft but declared that he would not be signing a new contract with MLS in January 2008; instead, he signed a contract with the Norwegian team IK Start. He remained with Start through the 2010 season. In November 2010, Goodson signed with Brøndby of the Danish Superliga.
Goodson served as an elected Board Member for the Major League Soccer Players Association (Union) and was a critical leader to establish a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for MLS athletes.
Goodson made his international debut in a friendly against Sweden on January 19, 2008. He was a member of the U.S. squad at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and scored in the semifinal against Honduras on July 23, 2009. On May 26, 2010, Goodson was selected to be part of the 23 man roster for the American national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Goodson served as an elected Union Representative for US Soccer.
Goodson has been used in the rotation of Centerbacks for the U.S. Men's National Team under Jürgen Klinsmann. Goodson was named to the United States roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition. He was included on Klinsmann's 30-man preliminary roster for the US team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but he was not included on the final roster.
|1.||July 23, 2009||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Honduras||1 – 0||2–0||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||January 23, 2010||Home Depot Center, Carson, United States||1 – 3||1–3||Friendly|
|3.||June 11, 2011||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, United States||Panama||1 – 2||1–2||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|4||July 5, 2013||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Guatemala||5 – 0||6–0||Friendly|
|5||July 21, 2013||M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, United States||El Salvador||1 – 0||5–1||2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
- CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Tournament Team: 2009
Goodson retired from professional soccer after a spinal injury in December, 2016. Goodson now works professionally as a players relations manager for MLSPA. He stays active coaching soccer in his community.
Goodson and wife Kelsey, in partnership with the US Soccer Foundation, built a soccer field at his childhood school, North Springfield Elementary School. The Clarence Goodson Field is used to serve underprivileged youth in his childhood neighborhood. The "Mini-Pitch Initiative" is to created a safe space in the community to play, be coached, mentored, and learn the benefits nutrition and exercise, specifically serving US Soccer Foundation Soccer youth teams for underprivileged youth. His generous contribution has inspired other current and former professional athletes to build mini-pitch's in their communities as well. The couple are licensed ministers and serve as Youth Directors in San Jose, California. Goodson is a public and motivational speaker, focusing on teams and youth development.
Goodson married Kelsey Dawson on January 31, 2009, in Tacoma, Washington. The couple were featured on an episode of HGTV's House Hunters International, searching for an apartment in Copenhagen after Goodson's transfer to Brøndby IF. He purchased an apartment valued at $900,000.
- As of November 11, 2015.
|2004||FC Dallas||Major League Soccer||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|FC Dallas totals||74||3||3||1||5||1||0||0||82||5|
|2013||San Jose Earthquakes||Major League Soccer||9||0||0||0||2||0||11||0|
|San Jose totals||47||2||0||0||2||0||49||2|
- United States
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- "World Cup: Clarence Goodson not pleased with USMNT snub, says Jurgen Klinsmann 'unwilling' to give immediate explanation, MLS.com, May 26, 2014.
- Person McSmith (October 23, 2008). "Soccer Transfer to Copenhagen, Denmark : House Hunters International : Home & Garden Television". Hgtv.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- "Clarence Goodson".