James Riley (soccer)

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James Riley
James Riley.jpg
Riley waving to the crowd at Qwest Field
Personal information
Full name James Riley
Date of birth (1982-10-27) October 27, 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Tacoma Stars
Number 7
Youth career
1998–2001 Colorado Rush
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 82 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Carolina Dynamo 12 (1)
2004 Colorado Springs Blizzard 5 (2)
2005–2007 New England Revolution 70 (1)
2008 San Jose Earthquakes 24 (0)
2009–2011 Seattle Sounders FC 84 (1)
2012 Chivas USA 32 (0)
2013 D.C. United 21 (0)
2014 LA Galaxy 4 (0)
2015 Colorado Rapids 16 (1)
2018– Tacoma Stars (indoor) 2 (1)
Total 268 (6)
National team
2018– Cascadia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 8, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 9, 2018

James Riley (born October 27, 1982) is an American soccer defender who currently plays for the Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League. Riley previously spent eleven seasons in Major League Soccer (MLS) with the New England Revolution (2005–2007), San Jose Earthquakes (2008), Seattle Sounders FC (2009–2011), Chivas USA (2012), D.C. United (2013), LA Galaxy (2014), and the Colorado Rapids (2015). Riley served as the captain of the Cascadia National Team in the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup. [1]

Playing career[edit]

College and Amateur[edit]

Riley played college soccer at Wake Forest University, and in the USL Premier Development League with both Carolina Dynamo and his hometown team, Colorado Springs Blizzard.[2]

Professional[edit]

New England Revolution drafted Riley in the second round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, and he acquitted himself well in his rookie season, playing various positions and scoring a goal. He continued to keep himself in the mix in defense, starting the majority of the games in 2006 and 2007.

Riley was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft and subsequently made 24 appearances for the team before being taken by the Seattle Sounders FC in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft. He stayed with Seattle through the 2011 season, helping the club win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup championships.

Riley was left exposed by Seattle in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft and he was selected by expansion side Montreal Impact in the November 23, 2011 draft.[3] He was then immediately traded with allocation money to Chivas USA for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen.[4] Riley was traded to D.C. United on February 14, 2013 for a 2015 Supplemental Draft pick.[5]

Riley won his 5th US Open Cup title in 2013 with D.C. United. In the sixth minute of stoppage time there was on open header in the box from Álvaro Saborío that Riley was able to deflect onto the cross bar to prevent extra time.[6]

After his release from D.C. United, Riley trialled with and was eventually signed by LA Galaxy.[7]

On March 6, 2015, he signed with Colorado Rapids. During the 2015 season, Riley made 17 appearances in all competitions, scoring a lone goal on May 8, 2015 against former club San Jose in the third minute of stoppage time to salvage a 1–1 draw. The Rapids declined their option on Riley on December 3, 2015.

Riley returned to professional soccer on October 5, 2018, signing with the Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League.[8]

Retirement and beyond[edit]

Riley formally announced his retirement as an active player on June 23, 2016.[9] One month prior, he had been appointed MLS's director of player relations, a position that had been vacant since Ali Curtis became the New York Red Bulls sporting director in December 2014.[10] In April 2018, it was announced that Riley would take a position on the broadcast team for the Seattle Sounders and their USL affiliate team, Seattle Sounders FC 2.[11][12]

On May 1, 2018, he was announced as the captain for the Cascadia official soccer team to compete at the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup in London.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 25 October 2015[14][15]
Years Club Competition Apps. Goals
2003 Carolina Dynamo USL Premier Development League 12 1
2004 Colorado Springs Blizzard 5 2
2005 New England Revolution Major League Soccer 23 1
2006 20 0
2007 27 0
2008 San Jose Earthquakes 24 0
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Seattle Sounders 2009 Major League Soccer 28 0 5 0 2 0 35 0
2010 27 1 4 0 4 0 2 0 37 1
2011 29 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 38 0
Total 84 1 11 0 10 0 5 0 110 1
Chivas USA 2012 Major League Soccer 32 0 3 0 35 0
D.C. United 2013 Major League Soccer 21 0 5 0 26 0
LA Galaxy 2014 Major League Soccer 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Colorado Rapids 2015 Major League Soccer 16 1 1 0 17 1
Career total 73 1 9 0 2 0 0 0 84 1

Honors[edit]

New England Revolution[edit]

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

LA Galaxy[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Prost Amerika's Sounders FC Player Of The Year 2009
  • MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month for October 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.prostamerika.com/2018/04/30/cascadia-announce-conifa-squad/181726/
  2. ^ "Carolina Dynamo All Time Roster". Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  3. ^ Lalas, Greg (2011-11-23). "Ching, Mapp headline Montreal expansion draft picks". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  4. ^ Lalas, Greg (2011-11-23). "Montreal take Riley, ship him to Chivas for Braun, Mayen". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  5. ^ Goff, Steven (2013-02-14). "D.C. United acquires James Riley". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  6. ^ Soccer, US (2013-10-01). "D.C. United Earns Third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship with 1–0 Victory Against Real Salt Lake". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  7. ^ Serrano, Adam (2014-02-22). "LA Galaxy bolster their defense with the addition of veteran outside back James Riley". LA Galaxy. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  8. ^ "TACOMA SIGNS FORMER SOUNDER JAMES RILEY". MASLSoccer.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  9. ^ Nelson, Matthew (2016-06-23). "Former Sounder James Riley Retires". Sounders Nation. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  10. ^ Stejskal, Sam (2016-06-23). "Longtime MLS defender James Riley brings player's voice to league office". www.mlssoccer.com.
  11. ^ Ciaccio, Danny (2018-04-02). "James Riley 'very excited' to return to Seattle as part of club's broadcast team". www.soundersfc.com. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  12. ^ West, Phil (May 24, 2018). "James Riley: From MLS to the CONIFA World Football Cup with Cascadia". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Steve (2018-04-30). "James Riley to captain Cascadia in ConIFA World Cup". www.prostamerika.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  14. ^ "James Riley". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  15. ^ "J.Riley". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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