Perry Kitchen playing for D.C. United in March 2015
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
|Full name||Perry Allen Kitchen|
|Date of birth||February 29, 1992|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|Heart of Midlothian|
|2007–2009||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2010||Chicago Fire Premier||1||(0)|
|2016–||Heart of Midlothian||39||(0)|
|2007–2009||United States U17||34||(0)|
|2010–2011||United States U20||8||(0)|
|2012||United States U23||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 14, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 11, 2016
Perry Allen Kitchen (born February 29, 1992) is an American professional soccer player who is captain of Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership, and also plays for the United States national team.
College and amateur
Kitchen appeared as both a midfielder and defender for Akron Zips, and was a reliable presence for Akron during his only year on campus, when he helped lead the school to their first-ever NCAA title as a freshman.
Kitchen – who originally hails from Indianapolis — started 25 games for the Zips in 2010, scoring six goals and adding one assist. He earned an All-MAC First Team selection and scored an unassisted goal on a right-footed blast from 30 yards out during Akron’s 2-1 win over Michigan in the national semifinal of the College Cup.
Kitchen passed on a trial offer from Belgium's Anderlecht to sign a Generation Adidas contract with MLS. He was selected by D.C. United in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He made his professional debut on March 19, 2011 in United's 2011 MLS season opener against the Columbus Crew, and scored his first professional goal on May 29 in a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers. Perry was a finalist for the 2011 Rookie of the Year award, although he was ultimately not selected.
He recorded 4 assists for the season of 2013, which was the record high for the team that year. He was voted D.C. United's Most Valuable Player of the 2013 season. Kitchen's deal with D.C. United expired after the 2015 season.
Heart of Midlothian
Kitchen has played with the US U-20 national team. On January 9, 2015, Kitchen was called in January USMNT senior training camp, his first call-up to the senior men's national team. He made his first international appearance on February 8, 2015 in a USMNT friendly match against Panama.
|School||Season||NCAA Regular Season||MAC Tournament||NCAA Tournament||Other||Total|
|Akron Zips||2010||Div. I||18||4||2||0||5||2||2||0||27||6|
- As of April 14, 2017
|Chicago Fire Premier||2010||PDL||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Heart of Midlothian||2015–16||Scottish Premiership||10||0||0||0||0||0||—||10||0|
|United States national team|
- Milk Cup U-20 Tournament:
- Winner: 2010
- NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship:
- Winner: 2010
- Mid-American Conference Regular Season:
- Champion: 2010
- Mid-American Conference Tournament:
- Champion: 2010
- "Perry Kitchen". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
- "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
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- "2011 MLS SuperDraft Tracker". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
- Davies double starts United season off with a bang
- "Portland Timbers vs D.C. United 05-29-2011 - Recap". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
- "D.C. United's Kitchen poised to emerge as a star". Washington Post. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
- "Perry Kitchen officially unveiled by Scottish club Hearts". March 9, 2016.
- "Kitchen replaces Ozturk as Hearts captain as Anderson takes St Johnstone armband". BBC Sport. BBC. September 21, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
- "USA vs Panama 02-08-2015 - Stats". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015.