U.S. Soccer
Men's National Team

Dan Califf

Defender Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-11 / 175

  • Hometown

    Orange, Calif.

  • Club

    FC Midtjylland (Denmark)

Strong in the air and in reading the game, the California native provides ample veteran cover on the U.S. backline. Due to the depth and consistent performances at center back, Califf has sometimes found opportunities hard to come by for the national team; however, his mature level of commitment ensures that both off the pitch and on he can provide much to a growing U.S. team. After captaining Aalborg BK to the Danish Championship in 2008, Califf left the club to sign with fellow Danish Superliga team FC Midtjylland.

• Califf captained the side to the 2-0 win against Sweden to open the 2009 campaign, his first time sporting the armband

• Played 90 minutes in the loss to Turkey as well as the 0-0 draw with Cameroon in the 2003 FIFA Confederation Cup

• In 2007, he was named captain of Aalborg BK, leading the team into the UEFA Cup group stage after a massive upset of Italian side Sampdoria

• Finished his AaB career having made more than 50 league appearances for the Danish side in three seasons

• Drafted by the Galaxy in 2000, he captured three championships with the team, including the 2002 MLS Cup, 2001 U.S. Open Cup and 2000 Champions’ Cup titles

• After being traded to San Jose in 2005, he had one of his best years as a professional, being named to the MLS Best XI for the first time
2009: Captained the team in the 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center … Started in central defense in the USA’s 2-2 come-from-behind draw against El Salvador in the first road World Cup qualifier of the final round…2008: Appeared in three games during 2008, starting all three and playing 90 minutes in each of them, including the 0-0 draw against Argentina in June at Giants Stadium in N.J. … Began his second FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle by making two appearances at center back, first in the 1-0 victory on June 20 against Barbados and again in Oct. 15 in the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain … 2007: Made a return to the U.S. side under Bob Bradley … Was a member of the squad that competed at the 2007 Copa America tournament in Venezuela … Made substitute appearances against Switzerland and South Africa, helping to keep clean sheets in both those games … 2006: Did not appear in any U.S. games … 2005: Made one appearance in World Cup qualifying for the United States … Started and completed the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Panama on Oct. 12 … 2004: Scored his first career national team goal against Haiti on March 13 … 2003: Made nine starts for the team in 2003, his most to date in a calendar year … Was a member of the squad which finished third at the 2003 Gold Cup … Played 810 career minutes for the U.S. team, a career high … 2002: Debuted in the opening match of the 2002 Gold Cup, starting in central defense in a 2-1 win against Korea … Lined up in central defense for the last match of 2002, a 2-0 win against El Salvador in Washington, D.C. … 2001: Named to the substitutes list against Korea on Dec. 9 … Trained with the U.S. prior to the home qualifier against Costa Rica on April 25 … 2000: Named to the substitute’s bench for the match against Mexico on Oct. 25 … Under-23s: Had nine appearances with the U-23s, making eight starts and recording one goal and one assist … Started all six games in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, scoring a goal against Kuwait on Sept. 19, 2000 … Under 20s: Part of the squad that took home the bronze at the Pan Am Games in August of 1999 … Member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team that lost in the Round of 16 at the 1999 World Youth Championship … Started all four of the matches with the U.S. posting a 2-2-0 record … Scored the game-winning goal, an 11th-minute strike against England in the tournament … Started in 16 of 18 U-20 matches in 1999, tallying one goal and three assists … Scored his first U-20 goal in a 3-1 win over Switzerland at the 1998 Paolo Valenti Tournament in Italy … Under 17s: Earned 15 caps as a member of the U-17 National Team, anchoring the defense at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt … First Appearance: Jan. 18, 2002, vs. Korea Republic … First Goal: March 13, 2004, vs. Haiti.
2008-09: Signed with Danish Superliga title contenders FC Midtjylland after three seasons at AaB … A mainstay in the back four, Califf was named vice-captain of the squad … Immediately inserted into the Wolves starting lineup, where he made 23 appearances prior to the winter break … 2007-08: Began the year as Aalborg BK’s captain and a mainstay in their central defense … Led the team to an improbable victory over two legs against Sampdoria, a result which meant they were entered into the UEFA Cup group stage … Captained AaB to the league championship in 2008, making 30 appearances in the center of defense as the club finished nine points clear of FC Midtjylland and gained entry into the UEFA Champions League … 2006-07: In his first full season in Danish football, he adapted to the league superbly … Made 30 league appearances, scoring one goal for AaB … Was instrumental in guiding AaB to a third place finish in the Danish Superliga, good enough for qualification into the UEFA Cup … 2005-06: At the end of 2005, he made the move across the Atlantic Ocean to Aalborg BK of the Danish Superliga … Settling into his new team, he made nine appearances for the side in the second half of the 05-06 season … 2005: Traded to the San Jose Earthquakes prior the 2005 season, he rediscovered his from two years before … Was named to the MLS Best XI for the first time, and scored twice in 20 starting appearances … 2004: Was severely hampered by injury in 2004, and made only 10 appearances for the Galaxy … Finished his Galaxy career making 103 regular season appearances for the Galaxy, scoring five goals … 2003: Was less commanding for the Galaxy in 2003, and his team slipped to a disappointing fourth-place Western Conference finish … Made 23 appearances for the club, all of them in the starting 11 … 2002: Anchored the Galaxy defense en route to their first MLS Cup championship in 2002 … Finished the season with 25 appearances … Part of the MLS’ best defense, finishing with a league low 33 goals allowed and a 1.18 GAA … 2001: Scored the extra-time goal which gave the Galaxy the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title … Finished the season appearing in 24 games, making 23 starts for the club … Compiled a career high three goals and one assist for seven points … Scored an overtime winner vs. Kansas City on May 5, 2001 … 2000: One of three finalists for MLS Rookie of the Year honors … Was voted Galaxy Defender of the Year in his rookie season … Finished the season appearing in 18 games, making 16 starts in his first campaign … Scored his first career MLS goal against Tampa Bay on June 17.
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