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Christopher "Chris" Seitz (born March 12, 1987) is an American soccer player who currently plays for DC United in Major League Soccer.[2]

Chris Seitz
Chris Seitz.jpg
Personal information
Full name Christopher Seitz[1]
Date of birth (1987-03-12) March 12, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth San Luis Obispo, California, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
D.C. United
Number 1
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Maryland Terrapins 39 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Real Salt Lake 7 (0)
2009Cleveland City (loan) 1 (0)
2009Portland Timbers (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Philadelphia Union 23 (0)
2011–2017 FC Dallas 67 (0)
2018 Houston Dynamo 6 (0)
2018RGVFC Toros (loan) 1 (0)
2019– D.C. United 0 (0)
National team
2007 United States U20 4 (0)
2008 United States U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 18, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 13, 2009

Contents

CareerEdit

Youth and collegeEdit

Chris Seitz was awarded Gatorade's California High School Soccer Player of the Year award in 2004 while playing for San Luis Obispo High School under the tutelage of coach Bob Galarneau. He also scored four goals in his junior season, all on penalty kicks.

Seitz played college soccer at the University of Maryland for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. As a freshman at Maryland, Seitz won the NCAA national championship by posting a 13–1–2 record with a 0.89 goals against average. He was named College Cup Defensive MVP. During Seitz's two-year career at Maryland he registered a 28–5–3 record with a 0.77 GAA. He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.

ProfessionalEdit

Real Salt LakeEdit

Seitz was drafted in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft where he was selected fourth overall by Real Salt Lake. In his first two starts, he had a 0–1–1 record and a 2.5 GAA. In 2009 Seitz played one game on loan for Cleveland City Stars of the USL First Division, a 3–1 loss to Miami FC,[3] and two games on loan with the Portland Timbers, also of the USL First Division, both against the Carolina RailHawks.[4][5] He was the first goalkeeper to face five penalties in one match.[citation needed] In three seasons in Salt Lake, Seitz was never able to un-seat veteran Nick Rimando as RSL's first-choice keeper.

Philadelphia UnionEdit

On November 25, 2009, he was traded to MLS expansion franchise Philadelphia Union.[6]

 
Catching a cross vs San Jose

Seitz spent the first 22 games of Philadelphia's inaugural season as the Union's starter, before being dropped to the bench behind Brad Knighton. He posted a 1.80 goals against average, worst in the league for players with more than one start in goal.[7] The Union did not choose to extend his contract, making him available for the two stages of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft after the 2010 season.[8]

FC DallasEdit

Seitz was selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the second stage of the 2010 Re-Entry Draft. A contract was agreed with Seattle, and he was immediately traded to FC Dallas in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[9]

Seitz started one game for FC Dallas in 2011, allowing four goals in a 4–2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.[10] In 2012, due to an injury to Kevin Hartman, who was dealing with back spasms, Seitz started against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in a 0–1 loss for Dallas.[11] Seitz would go on to start the next two games until Hartman was able to play again.

Seitz put his soccer career on hold for a brief time in September 2012, despite having no guaranteed contract for the upcoming 2013 season, when he elected to donate bone marrow to save the life of a random stranger for whose bone marrow he was a match.[12] Because of this act, he was later named the 2012 MLS Humanitarian of the Year.[13]

Seitz continued to be primarily a backup goalkeeper for Dallas until the 2016 season, when he would start a career-high 28 MLS matches.[13] He would contribute to the team winning two major trophies, the Supporters' Shield and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Houston DynamoEdit

Seitz joined Houston Dynamo on December 15, 2017 when he became a free agent.[14] He would start the first five games of the 2018 season before losing his starting spot to Joe Willis. He would start three games in the 2018 Open Cup, two of them clean sheets. The Dynamo would go on to win the Open Cup for the first time in club history.[15]

D.C. UnitedEdit

In January 2019 Seitz was traded to D.C. United in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.[16]

InternationalEdit

Seitz earned his first full international call up for the game against Brazil on September 9, 2007, but did not see any playing time. He previously started games for the U-23 squad in the CONCACAF Pre-Olympic qualification tournament prior to the 2008 Olympic Games and was on the roster for the 2008 Summer Olympic soccer tournament.

HonorsEdit

Real Salt Lake

FC Dallas

Houston Dynamo

IndividualEdit

Career statisticsEdit

As of November 17, 2018[17][18]
Club Season League US Open Cup Playoffs[a] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Salt Lake 2007 MLS 3 0 3 0
2008 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Cleveland City (loan) 2009 USL First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Portland Timbers (loan) 2009 USL First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Philadelphia Union 2010 MLS 23 0 23 0
FC Dallas 2011 MLS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012 4 0 1 0 5 0
2013 8 0 3 0 11 0
2014 14 0 2 0 2 0 18 0
2015 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
2016 28 0 3 0 2 0 33 0
2017 5 0 2 0 4 0 11 0
Total 67 0 13 0 4 0 4 0 88 0
Houston Dynamo 2018 MLS 6 0 3 0 9 0
RGVFC Toros (loan) 2018 USL 1 0 1 0
Career Totals 107 0 16 0 4 0 4 0 131 0
  1. ^ Appearances in MLS Cup Playoffs and USL Playoffs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 23. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.blackandredunited.com/platform/amp/dc-united-transfers/2019/1/11/18178761/dc-united-chris-seitz-trade-houston-dynamo-new-england-revolution-2019-mls-superdraft
  3. ^ "Cleveland City Stars at Miami FC Blues 1:3". Official Match Information. United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on April 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Carolina RailHawks at Portland Timbers 0:2". Official Match Information. United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on April 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "Carolina RailHawks at Portland Timbers 0:0". Official Match Information. United Soccer Leagues. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009.
  6. ^ "RSL trades backup goalkeeper Seitz".
  7. ^ "2010 MLS goalkeeper statistics".
  8. ^ "MLS unveils players for Re-Entry Process draft". MLSsoccer.com.
  9. ^ "Seitz sent to FC Dallas in whirlwind Re-Entry day". MLSsoccer.com.
  10. ^ "2011-San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas: Recap".
  11. ^ Holland, EJ (April 22, 2012). "Dallas turn to Seitz at the last minute in Vancouver".
  12. ^ "FC Dallas goalie Chris Seitz's biggest save".
  13. ^ a b "Chris Seitz". fcdallas.com. FC Dallas. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  14. ^ https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2017/12/15/houston-dynamo-sign-goalkeeper-chris-seitz
  15. ^ "Chris Seitz". houstondynamo.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/sports/2019/01/11/mls-draft-dc-united-uses-its-top-pick-defense-makes-trade-goalkeeper/
  17. ^ "Chris Seitz". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "C. Seitz". soccerway.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.

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