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|Date of birth
||February 19, 1979
|Place of birth
||San Diego, California, United States
||1.71 m (5 ft 71⁄2 in)
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 1 January 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 1 January 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)
Steven Cherundolo (born February 19, 1979 in San Diego, California) is an American soccer player, who plays as
a defender for Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga.
Cherundolo grew up in San Diego and attended Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos. As a
youth he played for the La Jolla Nomads club team which won the
California State Championship six times with him on the roster.
Before joining Hannover, Cherundolo played two years of college soccer at
the University of Portland, from
1997 to 1998. In his freshman season, he was named the West Coast
Conference Freshman of the Year.
Cherundolo joined Hannover 96, then playing in the 2.
Fußball-Bundesliga, for the end of the 1998–1999 season, and
quickly received first-team action, playing in four games his first
year. Coming into the 1999–2000 season, Cherundolo established
himself at the right back position, starting consistently before
suffering a terrible knee injury that kept him out of the end of
the season, and ended his chances of playing for the U.S. Olympic
team. Cherundolo continued to establish his place in the team
during the 2000–2001 season, earning playing time in eighteen
games, including ten starts. In the 2001–2002 season, he started
thirty of thirty-four games for the team, as he helped the team
gain promotion to the 1. Bundesliga. Cherundolo maintained
his position in the 2002-3 season, starting thirty-three games for
the team, while collecting three assists. In the 2003–2004 season,
Cherundolo continued his consistent play, appearing in thirty-three
games for the club. Cherundolo is highly thought of at Hannover and
serves as one of two team Deputy Captains.
English Premier League side Bolton
Wanderers F.C. agreed to a deal with Hannover for Cherundolo in
2005, but he declined, opting to remain in Germany. He signed
another contract extension with Hannover in the summer of 2007.
Cherundolo parlayed his success in the Bundesliga into a role
with the United States
national team. Cherundolo made his debut against Jamaica on September 8,
1999. Although he was on the roster for the 2002 FIFA
World Cup (a late injury replacement for Chris Armas), Cherundolo himself was
injured in training shortly before the event began and was unable
to play. In the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup,
Cherundolo sustained a knee injury from a tackle that prematurely
ended his participation in the tournament. On March 22, 2006,
Cherundolo played in a friendly match with the national team
against Germany, including some teammates from
Hannover 96. He scored his first international goal in the 4-1
loss. On May 2, 2006, Cherundolo was named to the U.S. roster for
the FIFA World
Cup in Germany. Cherundolo missed out on the 2009 FIFA Confederations
Cup due to another injury but returned to captain the U.S.
during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.