Player Details


Clarence Goodson


6' 4"


181 lbs

Date of Birth

5.17.1982 (41)


Alexandria, Va. USA


2023 MLS Regular Season
2023 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

How he joined the club: Signed on June 28, 2013.

2016 (San Jose Earthquakes): Started and played the full 90 minutes in the first two games of the season before suffering a season ending back injury. 

2015 (San Jose Earthquakes): MLS: Tied his career high with 28 starts in 28 total appearances … Only defender in Major League Soccer to be named Team of the Week five times … Only defender in MLS to score two game-winning goals … Set career high with two assists … Assisted on the first ever goal at Avaya Stadium in a 2-1 win vs. the Chicago Fire on March 22 … Made his 100th career MLS appearance at the Houston Dynamo on May 5 … Scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick vs. the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 27 … Scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win vs. the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 14 … U.S. Open Cup: Did not play vs. Sacramento Republic FC on June 16 and vs. the LA Galaxy on July 1 … ICC: Started, played 45 minutes and scored a goal vs. Club America on July 14 … Started and played 45 minutes vs. Manchester United on July 21.

2014 (San Jose Earthquakes): Started in all 10 appearances for the club … Played 90 minutes and recorded an assist against FC Dallas on May 10 at Buck Shaw Stadium … Did not appear in an MLS match after June 7 after spraining his left first toe … CCL: Did not play against Deportivo Toluca FC at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 11 due to red card suspension … Did not play against Deportivo Toluca FC at Nemesio Diez Stadium on March 19 due to right calf tightness … Open Cup: Played 90 minutes against Sacramento Republic FC at Kezar Stadium on June 11 … Played 120 minutes against Seattle Sounders FC at Starfire Sports Complex on June 24. 

2013 (San Jose Earthquakes): Started nine games after joining the club midseason ... Made his MLS debut against Chivas USA on Aug. 3, playing 90 minutes in a 2-0 win ... Part of a back line that yielded just two goals in all competitions over the final two months of the regular season ... Played 90 minutes in CONCACAF Champions League wins against the Montreal Impact on Sept. 17 and CD Heredia (Guatemala) on Oct. 23.

2012-13 (Brondby IF): Made 18 starts and 19 overall appearances for Brondby IF – the largest club in Denmark … Played the full 90 minutes in 17 of his 18 starts … Scored two goals during the Danish Superliga … Made four appearances and two starts during the Danish Cup.

2011-12 (Brondby IF): Started 31 games for Brondby IF … Played full 90 minutes in 30 games … Scored twice during the Superliga … Started and played 90 minutes during their only match of the Danish Cup … Made two starts and played every minute during the UEFA Europa League.

2010-11 (Brondby IF): Signed three-year contract with Brondby IF in Copenhagen, Denmark … Made 9 starts and 10 appearances during the Superliga … Scored two goals …

2010 (IK Start): Made 24 starts for IK Start in the Norwegian Tippeligaen … Scored three goals … Made one appearance in the Norwegian Cup.

2009 (IK Start): Made 21 appearances for IK Start … Scored three goals during league play … Appeared in two games of the Norwegian Cup … Helped IK Start advance to third round of Norwegian Cup and earn promotion to Tippeligaen – the highest league in Norway.

2008 (IK Start): Joined IK Start in the Adeccoligaen– the second-highest league in Norway … Made 22 appearances and scored four goals … Made one appearance in Norwegian Cup.

2007 (FC Dallas): Started 27 games for FC Dallas … Scored one goal and tallied one assist during the regular season … Helped FC Dallas reach playoffs as third seed in Western Conference … Started one of the two playoff legs and scored goal against the future MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo … Started one game and scored in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2006 (FC Dallas): Made 13 appearances for FC Dallas in the regular season … Made two appearances in the MLS Cup

2005 (Dallas Burn): Started 28 games and made 29 appearances for FC Dallas – formerly known as the Dallas Burn … Scored two goals and added one assist during the regular season … Started both MLS Cup games – recording one shot …

2004 (Dallas Burn): Made 5 appearances and two starts for the Dallas Burn … Made two appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup …

International Experience (United States): Has 46 caps and five goals during his USMNT career ... Represented the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa ... Featured in World Cup Qualifying leading up to the 2010 and 2014 events ... Made his international debut on Jan. 19, 2008 vs. Sweden at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles … Started five of the Americans' six games at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping lead them to the title ... Also appeared in the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups for the United States.

College (Maryland): Goodson made 66 appearances for the Maryland Terrapins from 2000-03 … As a freshman in 2000, Goodson started 10 games and finished second on the team with 13 points … He started 24 of 25 games his sophomore season and earned Soccer America Team of the Week honors after assisting a goal and helping shut out Duke on Sep. 22, 2002 … Following his junior year of 2003, he was named to the All-ACC Second Team and led the Terps into the semi-finals of the NCAA tournament … He was named to the All-Tournament team with two goals and an assist.

Personal: Full name is Clarence E. Goodson IV ... son of Jan and Clarence E. Goodson III, he has an older sister Jenna ... his grandfather spent one year in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system in 1942 ... born on May 17, 1982 in Alexandria, Va.