Raúl Rodríguez (footballer)
Rodríguez playing for Catalonia in 2013
|Full name||Raúl Rodríguez Navarro|
|Date of birth||22 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2016.
Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Rodríguez made his professional debuts with UDA Gramenet, going on to play in three full Segunda División B seasons with the team. In the 2010 summer he signed for neighbouring RCD Espanyol, being initially assigned to the B-side.
After the club sold Víctor Ruiz in the 2011 January transfer window, and Juan Forlín suffered a serious injury, Rodríguez was propelled to the first team by manager Mauricio Pochettino. On 27 November 2010 he made his La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for Dani Osvaldo in the last minute of a 3–2 away win against Atlético Madrid, and finished his first professional season with ten appearances, including eight starts.
On 9 January 2015, Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer announced they had signed Rodríguez. He made his debut for his new club on 8 March, being replaced in injury time of a 1–0 home win over the Columbus Crew. His first goal came on 25 April, in a 4–4 draw against Sporting Kansas City.
- "Atlético Madrid 2–3 Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 27 November 2010.
- "Raúl Rodríguez, al primer equip" [Raúl Rodríguez, to the first team] (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- "Raúl Rodríguez, fins al 2015" [Raúl Rodríguez, until 2015] (PDF) (in Catalan). RCD Espanyol. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- "Raúl Rodríguez rescinde su contrato con el Espanyol" [Raúl Rodríguez rescinds his contract with Espanyol]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- "Houston Dynamo expect signing of La Liga center back Raul Rodriguez to address backline weaknesses". Major League Soccer. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- "Match recap: Houston Dynamo 1, Columbus Crew SC 0". Houston Dynamo. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- Lovell, Darrell (25 April 2015). "Match recap: Houston Dynamo 4, Sporting KC 4". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 26 April 2015.