Danny Jackson (footballer)

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Danny Jackson
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-10-20) 20 October 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1988–1998 Leeds United
1998–2001 University of North Carolina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Colorado Rapids 1 (0)
2003–2008 Seattle Sounders 113 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Danny Jackson (born 20 October 1979) is an English central defender/sweeper who last played for the Seattle Sounders, and served as captain from 2004–2008.


In England, Jackson began playing football through the Leeds United Youth Program. After 10 years in the program, Jackson headed to the United States to play college soccer at the University of North Carolina where he received numerous honors. As a Tarheel, he was nominated for the All-South Team from 1998–2001, he was All-ACC and All-American in 2000 and 2001. Jackson was the team captain for three years including the 2001 season when the Tar Heels won the NCAA Division I National Championship over Indiana University and was named Soccer America MVP, National Championship MVP and was voted to the Final Four All Tournament Team. At UNC he was also the 2001 Patterson Medal Recipient as the outstanding student athlete at UNC.


After a successful college career, Jackson joined the Colorado Rapids of MLS for the 2002 season, and he appeared in one league match.[1] On 17 March 2003, the Rapids waived Jackson and he signed with the USL First Division Seattle Sounders.[2] Jackson was voted the Sounders' Defender of the Year, as well A-League.com's Defender of the Year and was selected to the A-League First-Team.


Seattle Sounders[edit]