Wil Trapp

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Wil Trapp
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Trapp with Columbus in 2017
Personal information
Full name William Alexander Trapp[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 6
Youth career
2008–2011 Columbus Crew
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Akron Zips 45 (1)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Columbus Crew SC 175 (2)
National team
2011 United States U18 2 (0)
2012–2013 United States U20 21 (1)
2015–2016 United States U23 7 (0)
2015– United States 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 20, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 26, 2019

William Alexander Trapp (born January 15, 1993)[2] is an American professional soccer player who plays for MLS club Columbus Crew SC as a midfielder. He has appeared for the United States national team, and serves as captain for Columbus.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Trapp graduated from Lincoln High School, where he was the 2010 NSCAA National High School Player of the Year, and played two years in college at Akron. He signed with Columbus Crew SC as a Homegrown Player, the fourth in club history, and would eventually be named as the club's captain. Trapp wore the armband for Crew SC for the first time on May 17, 2014, and received the nod permanently ahead of the 2017 season. While with Columbus, he was named as a 2016 MLS All-Star, and appeared in MLS Cup 2015.

At international level, Trapp first installed himself as a fixture for the United States with the youth teams. He captained the U20s at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and did the same for the U23s in the 2016 CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off. Trapp earned his first cap for the senior national team on January 28, 2015.

Youth and college[edit]

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Trapp is a graduate of Lincoln High School and a youth product of Columbus Crew. He played just two seasons of high school soccer with the Golden Lions, but was named a high school All-American both years. Additionally, he led Lincoln to their first-ever state title in 2009 while being named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year, and was the NSCAA National High School Player of the Year in 2010.[3] In 2014, Trapp had his number 20 jersey retired by Lincoln.[4] At club level, he played four seasons in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with Columbus, captaining his teams at U16 and U18 level. Trapp was the Crew Academy player of the year in 2009 and 2010.[2] He was rated as a five-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer and as the fifth-ranked recruit in the nation by multiple outlets, eventually committing to play for head coach Caleb Porter and the Akron Zips.[5]

Trapp would play just two seasons at Akron, making 45 appearances for the Zips and scoring once. As a freshman, he started all 23 games, putting up performances that were impressive enough to earn him nods as the top freshman player in the country,[6] MAC Newcomer of the Year,[7] and to the All-MAC First Team.[3] On August 27, 2011, Trapp notched the game-winning assist on his collegiate debut against Cleveland State; he would finish the season with five assists.[3] As a sophomore, Trapp was named to the All-MAC First Team for the second consecutive season,[3] and was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American.[8] He tallied three assists in 22 games, and also scored his only collegiate goal: the winning goal against Bowling Green in the MAC Tournament semifinals.[9] Akron won three MAC titles during Trapp's two years with the program, two regular season and one tournament, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in both seasons.

Club career[edit]

Columbus Crew SC[edit]

"Wil Trapp was outstanding today. I know Higuaín usually gets all the [credit], and their striker Schoenfeld will get credit because he scored two goals. But Wil Trapp was the key…Wil Trapp does his job. He brings the ball out for them and it's difficult to stop...He has, hopefully for him, a good future. He's American, you guys should be happy, but today I thought he was the difference."

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry after a Columbus victory in October 2014.[10][11]

On December 13, 2012, it was announced that Trapp had signed with his hometown Major League Soccer club, Columbus Crew, as a Homegrown Player. He became the fourth HGP signing in club history, following in the path of Aaron Horton, Matt Lampson, and Ben Speas.[12] After missing the early part of his first season while on international duty, Trapp made his professional debut for the Crew on July 7, 2013, starting and playing the full ninety minutes in a 1–0 victory against Portland Timbers; he was named as the club's man of the match after completing 86 percent of his passes.[13] Trapp started the final sixteen matches of the season for Columbus, earning a postseason nod as the club's Breakout Performer of the Year.[2]

Trapp was the youngest player in MLS history to serve as team captain in a league match, doing so at 21 years, 122 days.

Ahead of his second professional season, Trapp was named as the vice captain for Columbus, serving as understudy to Michael Parkhurst.[14] Trapp wore the captain's armband for the first time on May 17, 2014, captaining the Crew in Parkhurst's absence against Portland. He became the first Homegrown Player in MLS history to wear the captain's armband in a league fixture, and at 21 years old was the youngest captain in league history.[15] Trapp set a number of other firsts throughout the season: he received his first red card on May 4, part of a 2–0 defeat against Sporting Kansas City,[16] and scored his first professional goal on September 13, part of a 2–2 draw against Houston Dynamo.[17] He made his postseason debut in the conference semifinals, starting both legs against New England Revolution. Additionally, Trapp was selected to take part in the 2014 Major League Soccer Homegrown Game, alongside his teammate Lampson.[18] Trapp finished the season with one goal in 31 total appearances.

Trapp's 2015 season was defined by absences at club level, both for injury and international duty. His first serious injury with Columbus was suffered in April, a concussion that saw him miss thirteen total matches stretching through the end of June.[19] Trapp then missed multiple matches in the fall, stemming from two call-ups to the United States U23 national team.[2] He was at his best in the postseason, starting all five matches as Crew SC made a run to MLS Cup 2015. There, Trapp tallied a shot and committed three fouls as Crew SC were defeated 2–1 by Portland.[20] He made 25 appearances during the season.

Trapp was named as a 2016 MLS All-Star,[21] the first Homegrown Player in Crew SC history to be named as an all-star. He made the 22-man game day roster, coming on as a halftime substitute for Giovani dos Santos in the 2–1 defeat to Arsenal.[22] Outside of that honor, however, 2016 was mostly a season of disappointment for both Trapp and Crew SC. He missed the entire month of September after suffering a concussion in late August, sitting out four matches before returning to the field.[23] Trapp tallied just one assist in 32 appearances in all competitions, tied for the lowest number of his career, and Columbus missed the playoffs for the first time since his first season as a pro. Ahead of the 2017 season, Trapp signed a contract extension running through 2020, tying him to the club through his age-27 season.[24]

Trapp in action during the inaugural Hell Is Real derby, played in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup.

Columbus traded Parkhurst to Atlanta United ahead of the 2017 season; to take his place, Trapp was elevated to the role of captain. He served ahead of a five-man leadership council, made up of Federico Higuaín, Ethan Finlay, Justin Meram, Jonathan Mensah, and Josh Williams, that collectively served as vice-captains.[25] In his first season as captain, Trapp started all 40 games that Columbus played: 34 in the league, five in the playoffs, and one in the U.S. Open Cup. He marked his 100th MLS appearance on April 15, playing the full ninety minutes in a 2–1 victory over Toronto FC.[26] Trapp set multiple personal records on the season, tallying his career-high in assists with five, minutes played with more than 3,000, and earning three MLS Team of the Week nods.[2]

Although Trapp remained as captain for the 2018 season, the leadership council behind him was updated, consisting of Ricardo Clark, Higuaín, Hector Jiménez, Jonathan, Zack Steffen, and Williams.[27] On July 21, Trapp scored just his second professional goal, coming in a 3–2 victory against Orlando City. His strike from nearly forty yards out, coming two minutes into second-half stoppage time, handed Crew SC all three points and was named as MLS Goal of the Week.[28]

International career[edit]

After previously spending time with the U14 and U15 national teams,[2] Trapp received his first men's call-up from the United States U18 national team for the 2011 Lisbon International Tournament. The assistant coach for the Americans at the tournament was Caleb Porter, who Trapp had just committed to play under at Akron.[29] Trapp played twice in Lisbon, coming on as a substitute in the opener against the Netherlands[30] and starting against Portugal.[31] These would mark his only two appearances at U18 level.

Trapp received his first call-up to the U20 national team in January 2012, part of a training camp held in Florida.[32] As the camp did not include a match, Trapp had to wait until June 6 to make his official debut for the team, starting a 4–2 defeat against Uruguay at Estadio Gran Parque Central.[33] Trapp was named in the American squads for the 2013 Toulon Tournament, the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[31] He scored his only goal at U20 level on February 26, 2013, providing the goal to send the U.S. to the U20 World Cup at the expense of Canada in the CONCACAF Championship quarterfinals,[34] and was selected to the tournament's Best XI. Trapp capped his time with the U20s at the World Cup, playing all 270 minutes and captaining the side against France, although the United States failed to progress out of the group stage.[35] He scored one goal in 21 appearances at U20 level, and was named as the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2013.[36]

Although he had already earned his first senior cap, Trapp was called up by the U23 national team for the first time in March 2015.[37] He was a part of the team that placed third at the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship, and was then called up to take part in the 2016 CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off against Colombia.[38] Trapp wore the captain's armband for both games, culminating in a 3–2 aggregate defeat for the Americans that sent Colombia to the Olympics.[39] He earned seven caps while eligible at U23 level.

Senior career[edit]

Trapp made his debut for the senior national team on January 28, 2015, in a 3–2 friendly defeat at Chile. He came on as a substitute for Mix Diskerud in the 60th minute.[40] Although he earned just one cap in the next two years, Trapp was called back into the side by Dave Sarachan in January 2018. On his first-ever start for the U.S., and just his third cap, Trapp wore the captain's armband against Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 28.[41] He would keep the armband for the next few matches for the United States, notably a 1–1 draw with eventual 2018 FIFA World Cup champions France on 9 June.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Trapp is of Greek descent through his maternal grandfather, a former semi-professional footballer in Greece.[2] In May 2018, Trapp became a Greek citizen and acquired a Greek passport, potentially allowing him an easier move to a club in an EU country.[43]

Career statistics[edit]


As of July 20, 2019[44][45]
Club Season League Playoffs Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Columbus Crew SC 2013 MLS 16 0 0 0 16 0
2014 28 1 2 0 1 0 31 1
2015 19 0 5 0 1 0 25 0
2016 30 0 2 0 32 0
2017 34 0 5 0 1 0 40 0
2018 30 1 3 0 0 0 33 1
2019 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Career total 175 2 15 0 5 0 0 0 195 2


As of June 26, 2019[46]
United States
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 1 0
2017 0 0
2018 9 0
2019 8 0
Total 19 0



Columbus Crew SC



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