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C. J. Brown
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Personal information
Full name Charles James Brown
Date of birth June 15, 1975 (1975-06-15) (age 34)
Place of birth Eugene, Oregon, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Chicago Fire
Number 2
Youth career
1994–1997 San José State Spartans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 San Francisco Bay Seals 47 (0)
1998– Chicago Fire 270 (3)
National team
1998–2003 United States 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March, 2009

C. J. Brown (born June 15, 1975 in Eugene, Oregon) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.




College and Amateur

Brown played college soccer at San José State University for four years. He finished with 11 points (5 goals and 1 assist) and was named a two-time All-Conference Player in 1995 and 1996. Out of college, Brown was ignored by MLS, and instead joined the USISL's San Francisco Bay Seals between 1995 and 1997.

For the first two years, Brown played as an amateur while the Bay Seals played in USISL Premier League and he was still playing at San José. In 1997, the Bay Seals played in the USISL D-3 Pro League and made an improbable run to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals in 1997. His performances made Major League Soccer clubs take notice.


Brown was drafted first overall in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chicago. He immediately stepped into the Fire's starting lineup and has been there ever since.

In his ten years and beyond in the league, Brown has played in 249 regular season games, first in team history. He has also appeared in 32 playoff games, helping the Fire to the MLS Cup in 1998. Brown has scored four MLS goals in his career (three in the regular season and one in the playoffs). He won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006. In 2007 , he set a team record for career minutes played with 21,750 . Finished first on the team in minutes played with 2,565, the highest number of minutes played in a season during his 10-year MLS career . Brown has helped show the Fire younger players the ropes of MLS, a role he will continue to fill as one of the team's only remaining "Fire Originals" on the roster. The 2001 MLS All- Star selection has been an inspiration off the field as well, winning the 2001, 2002, and 2003 Fire/USSF Humanitarian of the Year awards for his efforts in the Chicagoland community.


After emerging from soccer obscurity, Brown amassed 15 caps with the United States national team, his first coming on November 6, 1998 against Australia. He played in the US's third-place finish at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup , when he was involved in one of the biggest surprises for the U.S during the tournament, playing 90 min. on 7-30 vs. Germany, in the U.S.'s 2-0 win . Appeared in two games for the U.S. in the 2000 Gold Cup, playing 18 min. as a second-half sub on 2-16-00 vs. Peru - a 1-0 win - and on 2-12-00, as the Americans downed Haiti 3-0 , he also participated in the Olympic Festival in 1994 and 1995.


Brown married wife Kim on October 22, 2000, the day after winning the 2000 U.S. Open Cup Championship. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Canessa J-Lyn, on February 24, 2004. Their second daughter, Kali Anh Brown, was born exactly one year later, on February 24, 2005.

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