U.S. Soccer
Men's National Team

Ricardo Clark

Midfielder Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-10 / 150

  • Hometown

    Jonesboro, Ga.

  • Club

    Houston Dynamo

A determined central midfielder, Clark’s tenacious style has provided sound cover for the national team. He possesses great range and the willingness to shoot from distance. A veteran of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Clark made his first goal in World Cup qualifying a big one, netting the game-winner in the 1-0 win in Trinidad & Tobago. A two-time MLS Cup champion and three-time MLS All-Star for the Houston Dynamo, he took his talents overseas to Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga.

  • Started two matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the important opening game 1-1 draw against England
  • Appeared in half of the USA’s final round qualifiers, and seven total in the 2010 qualifying cycle
  • An integral player for the U-20 MNT’s great run to the quarterfinals of the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, starting all five games and playing all but 10 minutes
  • A two-time MLS Cup winner with Houston, collecting back-to-back trophies in 2006 and 2007
2010: Started in the 1-1 draw against England on June 12 and the 2-1 overtime loss to Ghana on June 26 in the Round of 16 … Making four starts total for the year, he appeared in the final two tune-up matches for the World Cup on May 29 against Turkey and June 5 against Australia … 2009: Made a career-high 11 appearances, including 10 starts … After playing in the first two matches of the year, including the 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus, injuries hampered his availability until the summer … Part of the U.S. squad that reached the final of the Confederations Cup … His long-range blast in the 62nd minute handed the U.S. a 1-0 win on Sept. 9 in Port of Spain and a critical three points in qualifying … Clark’s Trinidadian-born father was in the stands to witness the goal … Earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors in the USA’s final match of 2009, a 3-1 loss to Denmark … 2008: Made six appearances for Bob Bradley’s team, including five starts … Began his second World Cup qualifying cycle, though his first one in earnest, and appeared in two semifinal round games against T&T on Oct. 15 and Guatemala on Nov. 19 in Commerce City, Colo. … Kept his unbeaten streak against Mexico intact by starting in the 2-2 draw against El Tri on Feb. 6 in Houston … 2007: Called in to Bob Bradley’s first camp as head coach in 2007 and got his first career MNT start against Denmark in January … Reprised his role in center of midfield for the 2-0 U.S. win against Mexico in February … Named to the 2007 Gold Cup roster, he appeared in four games for the U.S. in the tournament … Also a member of the 2007 Copa America squad … He started all three games in Venezuela … Scored his first MNT goal when he slotted home a Taylor Twellman pass against Paraguay on July 2 in Barinas … 2006: Did not appear in any U.S. games … 2005: Earned his first international cap when he came on for Kyle Martino in the final qualifying match against Panama on Oct. 12 … Under-23s: Was called up in November 2003 for the teams second round Olympic qualifying matches against St. Kitts & Nevis … Started in first leg of qualifying in St. Kitts, playing all 90 minutes in a 6-0 win … Under-20s: Helped the U.S. secure three shutouts in the 2003 L’Alcudia International Tournament in August … Started the first two qualifying matches in Charleston, S.C., helping the U.S. post consecutive shutouts to qualify for the 2003 World Youth Championship … Started four of five matches at the prestigious 2002 C.O.T.I.F. XIX Torneig Internacional in Spain, where the U.S. finished second … Scored the USA’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Canada at the U.S. Soccer Festival on Aug. 1, 2002 …  A member of the 2003 World Championship squad … Under-18s: Was one of only three U-18s to start all six internationals in 2000-2001 … Started all three matches as the U.S. won the 2001 International Tournament of Lisbon … Scored three goals with the U-18s in two years … Scored against the Under-20s in a 2-1 loss and scored the game-winner against the U.S. Under-17s on Feb. 10, 2001 ... First Appearance: Oct. 12, 2005, vs. Panama … First Goal: July 2, 2007, vs. Paraguay.
2010: Used in midfield and central defensive in the first half of the 2010-11 season … A fractured cheekbone at the start of 2011 sidelined Clark for several weeks …2009-10: The three-time MLS All-Star moved to Eintracht Frankfurt of the German Bundesliga in January and saw scattered minutes before the World Cup as he worked his way into the lineup … 2009: Had one goal and one assist in 22 games for Houston… Named to his third MLS All-Star team … 2008: Played 25 games for Houston to take his career MLS appearance total to more than 150 games … Was substituted only once … Captained the team for the first time on June 12 against New England … Scored two goals and added one assist for the Dynamo, who finished the season with the best record in the Western Conference ... 2007: Split significant time between the U.S. team and the Dynamo … Selected for the All-Star team in July, his second consecutive appearance at the game … His season will be remembered for a nine-game suspension late in the regular season (that last through the playoffs and into 2008) for kicking Carlos Ruiz … Had two goals and three assists in 19 games before the suspension … 2006: Started 31 times for the relocated Houston Dynamo … Widely acknowledged as one of the premier defensive midfielders in the league, he made his first All-Star appearance in the summer … His two goals and three assists on the season were topped off by an MLS Cup victory for his club, though he was in fact ineligible for that game … 2005: With his new team, the San Jose Earthquakes, he started 28 games … Scored a career-high three times and added two assists … Earned both Earthquakes and MLS player of the month honors for July … 2004: Followed up his rookie season with a solid sophomore campaign for the MetroStars, further bolstering his reputation as one of the leagues most promising players … Made 26 appearances in total, including 19 starts … Played in both of the MetroStars’ playoff games … 2003: Drafted second overall in the first round by the MetroStars … Went on to make 28 starts for the club, tallying three goals and one assist … A finalist for 2003 Rookie of the Year honors.
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