Craig Capano

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Craig Capano
Personal information
Full name Craig Capano
Date of birth (1985-07-07) July 7, 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Hyde Park, NY, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2001 Chicago Sockers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–06 Chicago Fire 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 March 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2006

Craig Capano (born July 7, 1985) is an American soccer player, who last played for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.

Capano was selected 17th overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the Fire, (the youngest player ever drafted by the Fire at the age of sixteen) having elected to forgo college to focus on his professional career. Before joining the Fire, Capano had spent two years at the USSF's Bradenton Academy training with the U-17 U.S. national team.[1]

Capano saw little playing time with the Fire, playing 92 minutes over four games in his first season and 122 minutes over 5 games in his second. In 2004, his third season, he appeared to have reached a turning point, earning 440 minutes, scoring his first MLS goal, and being widely rated as one of the team's better players when he was finally given consistent playing time toward the end of the year. However, he saw no time in 2005 after undergoing surgery on March 7, 2005 to repair a tear in his left anterior cruciate ligament, or in 2006. He was waived at the end of the latter season.

Despite playing little in MLS, Capano was a vital player for the U-20 US national team, along with other notables such as Eddie Gaven, Freddy Adu, Danny Szetela, and Jonathan Spector. He played in all four games of the 2004 Northern Ireland Milk Cup and served as the U-20 Men's National Team captain that July, helping the squad to finish 6th, also scoring the game's lone goal on April 21 for a 1-0 win over Haiti's U-20.

As of March, 2007, Capano was known to be training in camp with New York Red Bulls. Throughout his career, Capano - widely seen as a skillful player - has battled the perception that he was too small and slight to forge a successful career in MLS.

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2002 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 4 0
2003 5 0
2004 13 1
2005 0 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 0
Total USA 22 1
Career total 22 1


  1. ^ Timmerman, Tom (2001-04-22). "YOUNGSTER TAKES CHARGE ON FIELD FOR AMERICAN SQUAD CAPANO IS ONLY 15, BUT HE'S THE POWER BEHIND MANY KEY PLAYS". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  2. ^ All-Time MLS Player Register Archived June 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine