- U.S. National Team: MNT
- Position: Goalkeeper
- Date Of Birth: April 5, 1982
- Height: 6-3
- Weight: 200
- Hometown: Washington, Mo.
- Club: Colorado Rapids
The last line of defense for a Colorado Rapids team that won the 2010 MLS Cup, Pickens has reemerged as one of the solid goalkeepers in the league after his return in 2009 to the United States. A veteran of previous January camps, Pickens is still looking for his first cap for the U.S. National Team.
- Backstopped the Colorado Rapids to their first ever MLS Cup title, making a career-high 29 appearances
- Named the 2009 Rapids Defensive Player of the Year
Finished his collegiate career at Missouri State (then Southwest Missouri State) second on the all-time chart in goals against average (1.25) and fifth in saves (191) … As a senior, played in 20 matches, starting 19, logging 1,822 minutes and registering a 1.38 GAA … In 2002, started 19 of 20 matches, posting a 1.38 goal against average…Notched five shutouts in 2002, which is the fifth best single-season total in school history…Earned First-team All-Midwest Region, First-team All-MVC, All-MVC Tournament team, First-team All-MVC Academic and First-team NSCAA All-America Scholar Athlete honors.
Son of Dwayne and Barbara Pickens …Played high school soccer at St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington, Mo., and co-captained the Knights to a runner-up finish in the district playoffs his senior season.