|Date of birth||August 28, 1986|
|Place of birth||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2004||Point Loma Nazarene Sealions|
|2005–2007||Azusa Pacific Cougars|
|2007||Southern California Seahorses||6||(3)|
|2011–2016||San Jose Earthquakes||72||(20)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 2, 2017|
Steven Lenhart (born August 28, 1986) is a former American soccer player.
College and amateur
Lenhart grew up in Yorba Linda, California, and attended Esperanza High School. He attended Point Loma Nazarene University for one year before transferring to Azusa Pacific University. He tallied 38 goals and 12 assists in his 61 career collegiate games for Azusa Pacific, and was named a NAIA All-American in 2007. He was also named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team in 2006 and 2007, was honored as the NAIA Tournament's Outstanding Offensive Player in 2006 and 2007, and was MVP of the 2007 NAIA Tournament while helping lead Azusa Pacific to the 2007 NAIA national title over Concordia University, Irvine. During his college years, Lenhart also played for the Southern California Seahorses in the USL Premier Development League.
Lenhart was selected by the Columbus Crew as the 48th overall selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. He made his MLS debut on May 31, 2008 as a second-half substitute against Chivas USA, and scored his first MLS goal on June 21, 2008, against Los Angeles Galaxy. His Rookie season ended with an MLS Championship. Coach Sigi Schmid subbed Steven into the last 5 minutes to show his appreciation for the contribution to the Crew's winning season.
Outside of MLS league play Lenhart has proved himself a capable scorer, tallying 3 goals in the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League. He scored his first goal in the 58' minute in a 2 - 0 victory against the Puerto Rico Islanders, and claiming the other 2 goals in the 65' and 83' minute in a come from behind 2 - 2 draw against Mexican side Toluca.
Lenhart also has 2 goals so far in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, his first coming in the 94' minute against the Rochester Rhinos who knocked out the Columbus Crew from the tournament the previous year, his goal ended up being the game winner as the final score was 2 - 1 in favor of the Crew.
On January 13, 2011 Lenhart was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes along with allocation money in exchange for the #15 pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He signed a new contract with San Jose on November 30, 2011. His cry of "Goonies never say die!" led to the Earthquakes adopting the rally cry (in reference to the Goonies film) the next year.
Steven has two sisters, one brother, and a mother. His father has died. The Lenharts were active in their community all through Steven's childhood involved in outreach and inclusion of the underrepresented. Service and action have been foundational cornerstones in Steven's life. To this day Steven serves on the board of Kickstart Joy, an organization formed by Mehdi Ballouchy to bring gear, expertise, and joy to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. Steven is also involved with Soccer Without Borders, a soccer organization that provides a home base and a structure for refugee children in the U.S.
Steven now resides in Laguna Beach California and is a performance development coach to athletes and civilians alike incorporating a dynamic holistic approach.
- As of March 23, 2014
|Club||Season||League||MLS Cup Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Champions League||Total|
|San Jose Earthquakes||2011||14||5||–||–||2||0||–||–||16||5|
San Jose Earthquakes
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