U.S. Soccer
Men's National Team

Frankie Hejduk

Defender Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height / Weight

    5-8 / 155

  • Hometown

    Cardiff, Calif.

  • Club

    Columbus Crew

Now rounding out his fourth FIFA World Cup cycle, Hejduk continues to amaze with his high energy, tenacious defending, and overall commitment to the cause. He has already been a part of three U.S. World Cup teams, although he was unable to go to Germany in 2006 due to a knee injury. This past year saw Hejduk contribute in crucial World Cup qualifiers, most notably when he popped up to score a rare goal (on a header no less) to salvage a point for the USA on the road in El Salvador. The captain of the Columbus Crew in MLS, Hejduk is a veteran in every sense and though he was beset by injuries in the middle of the year, is always valued for his willingness to contribute to the team.

• A member of the national team pool since 1996, he played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was one of three overage players in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
• He increased his career World Cup qualifying caps to 17 after starting three games in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying
• Helped salvage a result in El Salvador on March 28, 2009, when he assisted on Jozy Altidore’s goal and scored a dramatic equalizer in the 87th minute. The point earned in the 2-2 game proved crucial down the stretch in World Cup qualifying
• Rejoined MLS, where he is a four-time All-Star and 2008 MLS Cup winner, in 2003 after a four-year stint in Europe that included three seasons at Bayer Leverkusen and a one-year spell at FC St. Gallen
2009: Marked his 14th year with the U.S. Men’s National Team by making four appearances, all starts, and grabbing one goal and one assist … Lent his veteran wherewithal to three final round World Cup qualifiers in 2009, including the 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 11, the 2-2 draw with El Salvador on March 28, and the 3-0 demolition of Trinidad & Tobago on April 1 … Scored the equalizing goal in the 2-2 draw with El Salvador, his seventh career goal and second in World Cup qualifying … Also added an assist in the same game, setting up Jozy Altidore … 2008: Appeared in six games during 2008, making two starts to take his career cap total to 81 … Brought his experience to two tough road qualifiers, coming on as a sub in the historic 1-0 win against Guatemala in Guatemala City and playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory against Cuba in Havana … Came on at halftime against England and Spain, and featured as a late sub against Argentina … 2007: Made an impressive return to the national team fold, starring for the team in its 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup triumph … Made three appearances during the Gold Cup, including a bittersweet game versus Canada … He scored the opening goal of that 2-1 U.S. victory, but was also booked and subsequently rendered ineligible for the final … His goal was an excellent finish from distance … 2006: Made four appearances for the USA, all as a starter … Named to the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, but forced to withdraw due to a knee injury suffered the same weekend as the announcement … 2005: Started five of the seven 2006 World Cup qualifying games he played in, including the USA’s 2-0 Germany-clinching victory against Mexico … Played in four of six games in the USA’s 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning run, his second regional championship title … In addition to starting in the Mexico match in Columbus, he demonstrated his versatility by starting at left back in the 3-0 win on June 8 in Panama City … 2004: His eight all-time World Cup qualifying appearances through 2004 surpassed the number of games he has played in the World Cup finals … Started in four of six matches in the semifinal round of qualifying … 2003: One of only two players to appear in every match of the Gold Cup over the last two years … Wore the captain’s armband in the USA’s opening match against Turkey in the Confederations Cup … Earned his 50th cap for the MNT in a 2-0 Gold Cup win against Martinique on July 14 … 2002: Started four of five matches for the USA in the World Cup, serving a one-match suspension during the Mexico match for yellow card accumulation … Played every minute of the Gold Cup in leading the U.S. to the championship … Assisted on Josh Wolff’s game-winner in the Gold Cup final … Played in eight of the team’s first 11 games, starting six … Helped shut out Mexico in a 1-0 win on April 3 … 2001: Made one appearance for the U.S., starting at right back in a 2-1 loss to Brazil on March 3 … Broke his shoulder blade over the summer, sidelining him for nearly two months … 2000: Made six appearances for the USA in 2000 … Scored the second goal in the Nike U.S. Cup-clinching victory over Mexico at Giants Stadium in June … Saw action in the USA’s first two qualifying games in 2000, at Guatemala and Costa Rica … Competed with the U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney as an overage player … Started all six games for Clive Charles as a right back, troubling teams with his speed on the flanks … Played all 540 minutes of the Olympics, helping the team to a fourth-place finish … 1999: A member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico … Scored two goals on the year, both during Nike U.S. Cup ’99, including a late header against Guatemala and a great strike against Mexico two days later in San Diego … 1998: One of the biggest surprise stories on the U.S. World Cup Team, he went from borderline National Team pool player to starting in two of the USA’s three games in the 1998 World Cup … Scored the winning goal and had another called back in a 3-0 thrashing of Austria in Vienna … Helped the U.S. National Team reach the finals of the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing a full 90 minutes in the team’s historic 1-0 victory over Brazil … 1997: Played in two of three U.S. Cup ’97 games … 1996: In his first international start, he scored the game-tying goal for the USA in a 2-2 tie with Guatemala in World Cup qualifying on Dec. 21, 1996 … Added to the U.S. National Team’s 1996 Gold Cup roster after Earnie Stewart was dropped due to injury … Under-23s: A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic soccer team that finished ninth at the Centennial Olympic Games, playing every minute for the U.S. … Scored a goal and added an assist in a 2-1 U.S. Olympic Team win over Denmark in La Jolla, Calif., played 10 minutes away from his home … Started all seven games on pre-Olympic tour, missing only 58 minutes of playing time … Played full-time with the Under-23 National Team from Oct. 1, 1995, until the end of the Olympics … Under-17s: Was a member of the U.S. U-17 National Team in 1990 … First Appearance: Aug. 30, 1996, vs. El Salvador … First Goal: Dec. 21, 1996, vs. Guatemala.
2009: In a season plagued by niggling injuries, Hejduk made 14 appearances for the Columbus Crew … Captained the club to its second consecutive MLS Supporters Shield … Took his career appearances in MLS to over 150 … Scored one goal and added three assists as Columbus fell in the first round of the playoffs to eventual champions Real Salt Lake … 2008: Made 25 regular season appearances for the Columbus Crew to take his career total above 150 … Played every minute of the postseason for Columbus and memorably scored the final goal in a 3- 1 MLS Cup victory against New York … Added one goal and four assists in the regular season as Columbus collected the Supporters Shield as the team with the most points in the regular season … 2007: Returned to form professionally as well as internationally, and reclaimed a consistent spot in the Columbus defense … Appeared in 24 games (all starts) for the Crew as they narrowly missed the playoffs … 2006: Due to the injury that kept him out of the World Cup squad, he only appeared in four games … 2005: Played in 18 regular season games, starting 15 … Notched three goals on the year … 2004: Used in a variety of positions in Greg Andrulis’ shifting formations, he started 21 games for the Crew … Made his second straight appearance as an MLS All-Star and the third of his career … 2003: Signed to the Crew on March 7, 2003, he appeared in 23 games for Columbus, all as a starter … Recorded four assists, including the game-winning feed to Jeff Cunningham against the MetroStars on April 12 … Earned his second election to an MLS All-Star team … 2002-03: Made seven appearances for St. Gallen in the first half of the season, debuting against the Grasshoppers on Sept. 11, 2002 … Began his fourth season with Bayer Leverkusen, but did not make a first-team appearance prior to his transfer to Switzerland … 2001-02: Did not appear in any matches for Bayer Leverkusen during his third season in Germany, but was twice listed on the substitute’s sheet during the team’s journey through the UEFA Champions League … Broke his shoulder blade over the summer, sidelining him for nearly two months … 2000-01: Made just four appearances for Bayer Leverkusen, including three in league action and one on Nov. 7 at Sporting Lisbon in Champions League play … 1999-2000: Appeared in five of six Champions League games for Bayer Leverkusen, including three starts … Twice earned “Man of the Match” honors in UEFA Champions League play (Sept. 15 vs. Lazio and Nov. 2 vs. Maribor) … 1998-99: Did not appear in any Bundesliga games for Bayer Leverkusen in the first half of the 1998-99 season, but starred for the team’s developmental third division club and worked his way onto the team’s active roster by January 1999 … Started in 10 of the last 11 games for Bayer Leverkusen, and was named Man of the Match three times … Scored his first goal in a 2-0 win against Vfl Bochum on May 9, 1999 … Helped the team to a strong second place finish and a berth in the 2000 UEFA Champions League … 1998: Appeared in 18 games for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, scoring three goals and an assist, while missing time for World Cup duty … 1997: Had one goal and six assists in 23 appearances for the Mutiny, emerging as one of the league’s up-and-coming stars … 1996: Tallied a goal and two assists in nine games with the Mutiny in 1996, helping the team to the Eastern Conference Finals and the league’s best regular season record … Missed a lot of time while playing with the U.S. Olympic Team … Drafted in the seventh round (67th overall pick) of the 1996 MLS draft by Tampa Bay.