Jacob Peterson (soccer)

Jacob Peterson (born January 27, 1986) is an American former professional soccer player who last played with Atlanta United FC in Major League Soccer.

Jacob Peterson
Personal information
Full name Jacob Peterson
Date of birth (1986-01-27) January 27, 1986 (age 38)
Place of birth Portage, Michigan, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Position(s) Winger, forward
Youth career
2002–2003 IMG Soccer Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Indiana Hoosiers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Michigan Bucks 10 (1)
2005 Kalamazoo Kingdom 3 (0)
2006–2009 Colorado Rapids 92 (8)
2010–2011 Toronto FC 37 (1)
2011 San Jose Earthquakes 9 (0)
2012–2016 Sporting Kansas City 108 (13)
2017 Atlanta United 10 (3)
International career
2002–2003 United States U17 17 (3)
2005 United States U20 21 (12)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 26, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of November 22, 2010



College and amateur


Peterson played youth soccer for local powerhouse Michigan Wolves, whom he led to four state championships, two midwest regional championships, and a third-place finish at the nationals, He played college soccer at Indiana University for three years from 2003 to 2005 where he scored 30 goals in 71 appearances. He also spent two seasons in the USL Premier Development League, playing for Michigan Bucks in 2004 and Kalamazoo Kingdom in 2005.



Peterson was drafted in the second round, 21st overall, of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids. He was a major part of the Rapids midfield from 2006 to 2009, amassing over 100 appearances for the club in all competitions.[1]

In January 2010, Peterson was traded to Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money.[2] He made his debut for the club as a sub against Philadelphia Union April 15, 2010. Peterson scored his first goal for Toronto in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage versusReal Salt Lake in a 1–1 home draw on September 28. On October 16, Peterson scored his first league goal for Toronto in a 2–2 home draw with Columbus. After a disappointing first half of 2011, Peterson was traded along with Alan Gordon and Nana Attakora to San Jose Earthquakes for Ryan Johnson, allocation money, and an international roster spot.[3]

Peterson remained with San Jose through the 2011 season. At season's end, the club declined his 2012 contract option, and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Peterson was not selected in the draft and became a free agent.

Sporting Kansas City signed Peterson ahead of the 2012 season.[4] He would play five seasons with Sporting KC and was part of the 2013 MLS Cup winners and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup-winning squads. During his time with Sporting, he became known for his hard work and versatility, garnering the nickname "The Answer" for his ability to fill in at multiple positions.[5]

Jacob Peterson after signing the Golden Spike for Atlanta United on September 10, 2017

A free agent after the 2016 season, Peterson signed with expansion Atlanta United for 2017.[6] He scored 3 goals in 10 appearances for the Five Stripes before being waived by the club on January 29, 2018.[7] In 2020 he returned to Sporting Kansas City as part of the club's broadcast team.[8] In March 2022, Peterson joined the Sporting KC technical staff as a scout.[9]



Indiana University


Toronto FC


Sporting Kansas City



  1. ^ TFC acquires midfielder Peterson from Rapids
  2. ^ Toronto FC Acquires Jacob Peterson Archived February 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Toronto FC trades Attakora, picks up Dunfield | CBC Sports".
  4. ^ "Sporting KC signs MLS veteran Jacob Peterson | Sporting Kansas City". Archived from the original on 2012-01-22.
  5. ^ "The Answer: How Sporting KC's Jacob Peterson has become Peter Vermes' most versatile weapon | MLSSoccer.com".
  6. ^ "Atlanta United Sign Free Agent Jacob Peterson | Atlanta United FC".
  7. ^ "Atlanta United waive Jacob Peterson | Atlanta United FC".
  8. ^ Kovan, Sam (30 January 2020). "Sporting KC announces 2020 TV schedule as former player Jacob Peterson joins television broadcast team". Sporting KC. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  9. ^ Kovzan, Sam. "Jacob Peterson joins Sporting Kansas City technical staff". SportingKC.com. Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 4 November 2023.