Rodney Wallace (footballer)

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Rodney Wallace
Wallace with Portland Timbers in 2015
Personal information
Full name Rodney Wallace Burns[1]
Date of birth (1988-06-17) 17 June 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Position(s) Left Winger
Youth career
2007–2008 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 D.C. United 39 (3)
2011–2015 Portland Timbers 120 (16)
2014Arizona United (loan) 2 (1)
2016 Arouca 2 (0)
2016 Sport Recife 24 (4)
2017–2018 New York City FC 44 (5)
2019 Sporting Kansas City 1 (0)
National team
2011– Costa Rica 31 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2018

Rodney Wallace Burns (born 17 June 1988) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays as a left winger.

Club career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Wallace's family moved to the United States when he was nine. He grew up in Rockville, Maryland, played for Potomac Soccer Association and attended The Bullis School, and played college soccer at the University of Maryland, College Park.[2]


D.C. United[edit]

Wallace was drafted in the first round (6th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United on 15 January 2009. He made his professional debut on 22 March 2009, in D.C.'s first game of the 2009 MLS season against Los Angeles Galaxy,[3] and scored his first career professional goal on 26 April 2009, in a 3–2 win over New York Red Bulls.[4] As both a defender and midfielder, Wallace played 39 regular-season games and made 36 starts over his two years with D.C. United, compiling three goals and five assists.[5]

Portland Timbers[edit]

On 24 November 2010, D.C. United traded Wallace and a fourth-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft to Portland Timbers in exchange for Dax McCarty and allocation money.[6]

Wallace re-signed with Portland on 6 December 2012.[7] In summer 2014, Wallace was sent on loan to USL Pro club Arizona United to regain match fitness after returning from injury.[8]

Wallace returned to the Portland Timbers at the beginning of the 2015 season. He served as a regular starter all of the regular season. In the 2015 Audi MLS Cup playoffs, Wallace played a vital role in the team's success, scoring a goal against Sporting Kansas City in the knockout rounds. They went on to win that game in a penalty shootout 7–6 in what was the longest penalty shootout in MLS Cup playoffs history. The Timbers would go on to win the Western Conference Championship against FC Dallas and enter their first ever MLS Cup Final. Wallace came up big in the final, scoring what would go on to be the game winner in the 7th minute. The final score was 2–1.


Wallace signed with Portuguese Primeira Liga side F.C. Arouca in January 2016.[9]

Sport Recife[edit]

Two months after signing with Arouca, on 30 March 2016, Sport Recife signed Wallace on a two-year contract, expiring at the end of the 2017 season.[10] According to some Brazilian sources, the transfer fee between Sport Recife and Arouca was 200,000 euros.[11] Wallace went on to make 24 appearances for Sport Recife, scoring four goals in the 2016 season.[12]

Following rumors in the beginning of January 2017 that Wallace had no intentions of returning to Brazil, Wallace failed to report to the first day of preseason on 9 January 2017.[13] Sport Recife subsequently set a deadline of 13 January 2017, for Wallace to return or present a plausible reason for non-attendance.[14] On 16 January 2017, Wallace responded asking to be released.[15] While Wallace and Sport Recife remained at an impasse for nearly a month, rumors began to swirl of a possible return to his former club, Portland Timbers.[16] Wallace and Sport Recife finally reached resolution when he returned to Brazil and re-paid the club's 200,000 euro transfer fee on 1 February 2017.[17] Sport Recife released Wallace from his contract the next day on 2 February 2017.[17] Following his release, rumors have continued to persist of a possible return to the Timbers.[18]

New York City FC[edit]

Wallace signed with New York City FC on 15 February 2017.[19] He scored his first goal for the club on 12 March, in a 4–0 win over D.C. United.[20]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

On 14 December 2018, Wallace signed one-year contract with Sporting Kansas City.[21] He was out of contract after the 2019 season.[22]

International career[edit]

During his first season in Portland, Wallace established himself as a starter at left midfield for the expansion club. His efforts earned him a call to represent Costa Rica in September. He made his international debut on 2 September 2011 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over the United States. As of December 2014, Wallace has earned a total of 17 caps, scoring 3 goals. He represented his country in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[23]

In May 2018 he was named in Costa Rica’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[24]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 27 June 2018[25]
Costa Rica
Year Apps Goals
2011 4 2
2012 5 0
2013 7 1
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 2 0
2017 8 0
2018 2 0
Total 29 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first (includes one unofficial goal).[25]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 September 2011 Home Depot Center, Carson, United States  United States 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 22 December 2011 Estadio Metropolitano, Barquisimeto, Venezuela  Venezuela 1–0 2–0
3. 25 January 2013 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  El Salvador 1–0 1–0 2013 Copa Centroamericana
4. 14 July 2017 Toyota Stadium, Frisco, United States  French Guiana 2–0 3–0 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup


Wallace holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[26]


University of Maryland

Portland Timbers



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  2. ^ Goff, Steve. "Soccer Insider – The Wallaces of Costa Rica". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Major League Soccer: Match Tracker: Main". 25 March 2009. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Major League Soccer: Match Tracker: Main". 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Rodney Wallace |".
  6. ^ "Portland SEO". Archived from the original on 29 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Timbers re-sign three, exercise options on eight players – Portland Timbers". 8 December 2012. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Portland Timbers forward Rodney Wallace will go on loan Thursday: Rundown". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Futebol Clube Arouca". (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Sport contrata atacante costa-riquenho Rodney Wallace". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  11. ^ Superesportes (18 January 2017). "Sem se apresentar ao Sport, Rodney Wallace aguarda por". Superesportes (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Rodney Wallace (Sport Recife) - Player Profile -". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  13. ^ "De saída, Rodney ressarcirá o Sport pelo investimento feito pelo clube". ESPN (in Portuguese). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Rodney Wallace tem até sexta-feira para se apresentar ao Sport". Blog do Torcedor (in Portuguese). 11 January 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Sport pode acionar judicialmente Rodney Wallace junto à Fifa". Rádio Jornal – Sport pode acionar judicialmente Rodney Wallace junto à Fifa (in Portuguese). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Caleb Porter doesn't rule out possibility of Rodney Wallace rejoining Portland Timbers". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  17. ^ a b Superesportes (2 February 2017). "Fim da novela: Rodney Wallace paga multa rescisória e não é mais atleta do Sport". Superesportes (in Portuguese). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  18. ^ Graff, Andy (8 February 2017). "RSL vs. Portland Timbers: Three Preseason Questions with Stumptown Footy". RSL Soapbox. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  19. ^ Booth, Mark (15 February 2017). "NYCFC Sign Rodney Wallace". NYCFC. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  20. ^ Araos, Christian (14 March 2017). "Rodney Wallace adds new dimension to New York City FC wing". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  21. ^ Kovzan, Sam (14 December 2018). "Sporting KC signs free agent defender and Costa Rican international Rodney Wallace". Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  22. ^ "Sporting KC Announces Roster Moves Ahead of 2020 Season". 21 November 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  23. ^ Rodney WallaceFIFA competition record (archived)
  24. ^ "Costa Rica national team World Cup squad: Oscar Ramirez names 23-man roster featuring Keylor Navas, six MLS players". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Rodney Wallace". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  26. ^ Adam Serrano (4 September 2011). "Timbers' Wallace gets it done for Costa Rica". Portland Timbers. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  27. ^ "Portland Timbers lift first ever MLS Cup title, beating Columbus Crew 2–1". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  28. ^ "Portland Timbers become first Cascadia club to reach the MLS Cup: "We want to win the big one"". 29 November 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2016.

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