A late-bloomer at the international level, Conrad is a solid central defender who brings good organizational skills, intelligent reading of the game, and a strong work ethic to the table. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he entered the tournament as a backup to Eddie Pope but was thrust into the limelight after the center back’s dismissal against Italy. He performed admirably, helping the USA to a tie in that game and held his spot for the next game against Ghana, where he gave an equally good account of himself. In 2009, he re-emerged as a part of the central defensive pool. The captain of the Kansas City Wizards is a five-time MLS All-Star and a four-time member of the MLS Best XI.
- Opened his goal-scoring account against Mexico on Feb. 7, 2007 (a game where he was also the USA’s captain), heading home brilliantly a Landon Donovan corner kick past Oswaldo Sanchez
- Made his debut for the national team during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and started a match in the World Cup just 11 months later
- Named MLS Defender of the Year in 2005