Zach Wells

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Zach Wells
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Personal information
Full name Zachary Stephen Wells
Date of birth (1981-02-26) 26 February 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Costa Mesa, California, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1999–2003 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 MetroStars 19 (0)
2006–2007 Houston Dynamo 4 (0)
2008 D.C. United 17 (0)
Total 40 (0)
National team
2006 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Zachary Stephen Wells (born February 26, 1981 in Costa Mesa, California) is a retired American soccer goalkeeper.


Wells played college soccer at UCLA from 1999 to 2003, where he helped the school to the NCAA Championship as a junior, and was named first-team All-Pac-10 as a senior.


Upon graduating, Wells was selected 21st overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars. He spent much of the season backing up national teamer Jonny Walker, but played two games in mid-season. In 2005, with Walker recovering from surgery, Wells took over the starting role, and played well, leading to Walker's trade to Columbus. But the return of Tony Meola to the club left Wells being a backup again. He was traded to Houston for a 4th round pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. He was acquired along with a conditional draft pick by D.C. United for Bobby Boswell on December 12, 2007.

Wells announced his retirement from professional soccer on February 17, 2009, just a month before the start of the 2009 MLS season.[1]

National team[edit]

Wells earned his only cap for the U.S. national team on February 19, 2006 in a 4–0 victory over Guatemala at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.


Houston Dynamo[edit]