U.S. National Team: A highly competitive central defender, he is strong on the tackle and is very effective in the air ... Demonstrates strong, physical man-marking ability … Very good at distribution and playing long balls out of the back … Alongside Oguchi Onyewu, helped shutdown forward Jared Borgetti to help U.S. defeat Mexico 2-0 at Columbus Crew Stadium on Sept. 3, 2005, clinching their fifth straight World Cup berth … Serving as team captain at Energie Cottbus for the second-straight year … 2005: Played in five of 10 final round qualifiers, starting three … Came on as a reserve to help seal the 2-1 victory against T&T on Feb. 9 in the opening final round qualifier, serving the same role in the 3-0 win in Panama on June 8 … Started in back-to-back qualifiers, collecting shutouts against T&T on Aug. 17 and the clincher against Mexico on Sept. 3 in Columbus … 2004: Made four appearances for the U.S., starting both of the USA’s European friendlies, splitting results with a loss in Holland and a win in Poland … Played back-to-back qualifiers, helping marshal the U.S. defense in consecutive shutout victories against El Salvador on Oct. 9 and Panama four days later … Suffered broken bones in his face during the final club match of the season in May, 2004 … 2003: Made three appearances for the MNT, starting the first two matches of the Confederations Cup … A misplayed backpass led to the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 loss to Brazil … 2002: Made eight appearances, including starts against Mexico and Germany … His goal-bound shot stopped by the hand of German defender Torsten Frings in the quarterfinals will go down as one of the most infamous non-calls in World Cup history … Played a solid 90 minutes in the USA’s 1-0 loss to Italy in Sicily in February … Dominated the air in that match, shutting down Italy’s Christian Vieri in the first half … 2001: A consistent member of U.S. training camps in 2001 … Started in the 2-1 win against China on Jan. 27 and the 0-0 draw with Ecuador in Columbus on June 7 … 2000: Started as a central defender in five of six World Cup qualifying matches, leading a defense that surrendered only one goal from the run of play in its final five games ... Established himself as a defensive mainstay in 2000, appearing in a personal-best eight matches on the year ... 1999: Was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico ... 1998: Was one of the biggest surprises to come out of the USA’s January 1998 training camp, despite coming off a broken ankle only one week after being cleared to run ... 1996-1997: Suffered miserable luck with injuries, and across two years he broke his fifth metatarsal in his right foot three times, tore ligaments in his left ankle and broke his left ankle ... 1995: A member of the U.S. team which won U.S. Cup ’95 and advanced to the semifinals of Copa America in Uruguay ... Captained the U.S. U-23 National Team in the Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina ... 1994: Debuted with the U.S. team in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in a 2-1 loss ... A member of the East Team which won the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival gold medal in St. Louis ... 1993: Captained the U.S. U-20 National Team to an eighth-place finish in the FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia, playing every minute of every match ... First Appearance: October 15, 1994, vs. Saudi Arabia ... First Goal: None.
Professional: Kicked off his fourth season in Germany, the second as team captain for Energie Cottbus … After leading the side to within reach of promotion to the Bundesliga, he was named captain of Cottbus for the 2004-05 campaign … Moved to Energie Cottbus in the German top flight on August 29, 2002, from Crystal Palace … Played four seasons in the Dutch Honor Division before signing with Crystal Palace and moving to the English First Division in 2001 ... Played six seasons of professional soccer in Holland, where he began his professional career after leaving college a year early ... 2005-06: Started his second year as captain in style, scoring in the team’s first match of 2005-06 … Played in 15 of 17 league games in the first half of the season … Went into the winter break in the upper-middle part of the table, with a promotion place still well in sight heading into 2006 … 2004-05: Played in 27 of 34 league matches in the 2004-05 campaign … Missed the first five games of the 2004-05 campaign while recovering from injury, then started the next 13 games in all competitions … Narrowly avoided relegation, with only goal differential keeping Cottbus their place in the second Bundesliga … 2003-04: Was one of Energie Cottbus’ pillars in the teams fight for promotion back to the top flight … Played every minute of every match he was available in the first half of the 2003-04 campaign, a total of 16 games … Finished the campaign with 31 appearances and seven goals, anchoring the Cottbus backline that posted eight shutouts … Suffered a season-ending injury after a collision with Zsolt Löw in the 54th minute on May 16 at Unterhaching, leaving the U.S. defender with a broken nose and eye socket … 2002-03: Saw Cottbus relegated to the second division from the Bundesliga … Appeared in 23 games, starting 22 throughout the season, picking up six yellow cards … Started 16 of 17 games after the winter break … 2001-02: Signed with Crystal Palace in August 2001, playing alongside U.S. teammate Jovan Kirovski … Played in 13 league matches, starting six … Saw time in two Worthington Cup matches, starting one … Scored his first goal for Palace in the last game of 2001, a 2-1 win against Bradford City on Dec. 29 … Suffered from a variety of injuries which led to inconsistent playing time, but competed for a regular first team spot when healthy … 2000-01: Joined Crystal Palace on trial late in the season, appearing in five matches … His solid performances in the team’s final two matches against Portsmouth and Stockport helped secure the Eagles place in the First Division … 1999-2000: In his second season with Cambuur Leeuwarden, he started 26 of 32 games in defense, but Cambuur was relegated to the second division at the end of the year ... Left Holland on a free transfer after the season, eventually signing with Crystal Palace ... 1998-99: Transferred to Cambuur from Sparta Rotterdam at the conclusion of the 1997-98 season ... In his first season with Cambuur Leeuwarden, he was a regular starter and contributor on defense ... Scored the first goal on Dec. 16, 1998, against U.S. teammate Earnie Stewart’s NAC Breda in a 3-2 win ... Scored his second goal in a 1-1 draw against Roda on April 7, 1999 ... 1997-98: A regular starter at the start of the season, he tore the ligaments in his left ankle in the first week of October 1997 ... One month later he broke the left ankle ... 1996: Transferred to Sparta Rotterdam in May 1996 ... 1994: Spotted by Dutch scouts after the U.S. U-23 National Team played a series of games against Dutch first division teams ... Trained three weeks with Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga, before signing a contract with F.C. Zwolle of the second division.
College: Is considered to be one of the greatest players in UNC men’s soccer history ... A 57-game starter in three years at UNC, he tallied 13 goals and 10 assists from his defensive position ... Was a two-time All-American and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at UNC ... Played two years at UNC with U.S. National Team defender Eddie Pope ... Bypassed his senior season at UNC to play in the Dutch second division with FC Zwolle, a club known for grooming young talent and moving them onto the first division.
High School: Lost just two games in three years as a high school teammate of Claudio Reyna ... A four-year letter winner for St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., where he started on the team that won two state championships and ranked No. 2 and No. 1 in the nation in 1989 (22-0) and 1990 (25-0), respectively.
Personal: Cousin and godson of Boston Red Sox baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski ... Has an Irish passport due to his grandmother being born in Ireland ... Paved the way for lower profile foreigners to get a Dutch work permit in a landmark case after appealing his denied request in 1994 ... Friend and National Team teammate Claudio Reyna stood up for him at his wedding on New Year’s Eve 1997… He and wife Rosalind welcomed baby girl Santana to the family on Oct. 21, 2003, joining son Sebastian.