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Jimmy Conrad
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Personal information
Full name Jimmy Conrad
Date of birth February 12, 1977 (1977-02-12) (age 32)
Place of birth Arcadia, California, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Center Back
Club information
Current club Kansas City Wizards
Number 12
Youth career
1994–1995 San Diego State Aztecs
1996–1997 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 San Diego Flash 25 (0)
1999–2000 San Jose Earthquakes 43 (1)
2000 Lech Poznań 8 (0)
2001–2002 San Jose Earthquakes 41 (1)
2003– Kansas City Wizards 178 (16)
National team
2005– United States 26 (1)
* 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 18 July, 2009

Jimmy Conrad (born February 12, 1977, in Arcadia, California) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer. He is the captain of the Wizards.

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Career

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High School and College

Conrad attended Temple City High School in Temple City, California and was a four-year letterman in soccer. Conrad played at San Diego State University in 1994 and 1995, and then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. While playing for UCLA, he was a member of the 1997 NCAA Championship team.

Professional

Undrafted by MLS, he signed with the now-defunct San Diego Flash of the A-League, and played there for a season alongside future teammate Joe Cannon. The San Jose Earthquakes brought Conrad to the top division in 1999; he played with the 'Quakes for four seasons, helping them to the MLS Cup in 2001. In 2000, he also played for Lech Poznań in Poland.

In 2003, Conrad was traded to the Wizards for a second-round draft pick, which the Earthquakes used to select Arturo Alvarez. Conrad's stock rose while with Kansas City; never a big scorer, he tallied four goals during his first season (he has ten in his MLS career). In 2004, he helped the Wizards to the US Open Cup and the MLS Cup Final as the leader of the league's stingiest defense and was named to the league's Best XI and was a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year Award. He won the award a year later.

Despite rumors of a possible European transfer following the Wizards' disappointing 2006 season, Conrad renewed his contract with the Wizards beginning the 2007 season, and new head coach Curt Onalfo rewarded him the club captaincy.

International

Conrad received his first cap for the United States national team on July 7, 2005, in a Gold Cup match against Cuba. Less than one year later, Conrad made the U.S. roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In Germany, Conrad came in as a substitute against Italy in the team's 1–1 draw with the eventual champions, and played all ninety minutes against Ghana. On January 20, 2007, Conrad captained the national team for the second time, where the United States hosted an international friendly with Denmark. The U.S. won that match 3–1. On February 7, 2007, in an international friendly with Mexico, Conrad was named the Man of the Match. He scored his first-ever goal for the U.S. in the fifty-second minute of that match. On June 25, 2009, after not having played with the national team in previous qualifying, Conrad was named to the U.S. squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.[1]

Media Work

Conrad wrote soccer columns for Sports Illustrated's website for several years before switching to ESPN's Soccernet in 2005. As of 2007, Conrad also serves as a co-host of MLS Radio, a weekly hour-long show, and has hosted several audio and video features during 2007 national team training camp for USSoccer.com, the official site of the United States Soccer Federation and the national teams. He also hosts a weekly radio show, The Jimmy Conrad Show, about the Wizards with Wizards play-by-play man, Sean Wheelock.

Honors

United States

Individual

See also

References

  1. ^ [1], article from American Soccer News.

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