Date of Birth4.11.1984 (39)
BirthplaceFort Collins, CO USA
OUTLOOK: Tricky, technical attacking midfielder who typically plays on either wing and was acquired from Colorado in late 2010.
2012 MLS: Started and scored game-winning stoppage-time penalty kick in 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on 9/6 ... Earned second consecutive start in 4-2 loss at Montreal on 6/23 ... Started in 3-3 draw vs. Toronto on 6/20 for the first time since 3/23 (at Seattle) ... Played 46 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 win vs. Dallas on 6/16 ... Appeared as a substitute in each of last seven games ... Started first three games of regular season and played 90 minutes at Chivas USA on 3/11 and at Seattle on 3/23 ... Missed three matches (4/15 at Chicago, 4/21 at Columbus and 4/28 at DC United) due to suspension ... CCL: Started all four CCL group stage matches ... Tallied assists in 3-1 win over FAS on 8/22 and 4-0 win over FAS on 9/20 ... Reserves: Started and played 90 minutes in 2-2 tie vs. Colorado (5/23), 2-0 win over Sporting KC (8/14) and 2-1 win over Chicago (10/13) ... Started and played 42 minutes in 3-2 win vs. Dallas on 6/16 ... Started, played 90 minutes and recorded one goal and two assists in 5-5 draw vs. RSL (10/10) ... Open Cup: Started, played 90 minutes in 1-0 third round loss to San Antonio.
2011 MLS: Returned from 2010 ACL injury to appear in 29 games, including 17 starts, and notch four goals and three assists ... Made first MLS appearance for Houston as a late sub in 3-1 win vs. VAN on 4/10 ... Made first MLS start for Dynamo at right midfield in 4-1 win vs. DC on 4/29 ... Played all 90 minutes and scored only Houston goal against his old team in 2-1 loss vs. COL on 5/4 ... The goal, a left-footed rocket, was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week ... Was dangerous as a substitute in 2-1 loss at TFC on 5/7 and contributed cross that led to Lovel Palmer's goal ... Came on as a substitute and scored dramatic game-tying goal with cool, left-footed finish in the 87th minute of 2-2 tie vs. FCD on 5/28 ... Again was part of a dramatic finish as a sub when he set up Brian Ching's 89th-minute equalizer in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25 ... Served corner kick that led to Geoff Cameron's clinching goal in 2-0 win vs. TFC on 7/9 ... Ejected in 1-1 tie vs. KC on 7/16 ... Returned in 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30, scoring opening goal from close-range and setting up Brian Ching for the third goal in the second half ... Nutmegged a defender with a slick pass to Brian Ching for second goal in 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14 ... Missed match at NE on 8/17 with minor knee injury but returned to starting lineup on 8/20 ... Scored from close-range on corner kick in 1-1 tie vs. CHI on 10/1 ... Playoffs: Missed first three playoff games with minor injury ... Made substitute appearance in MLS Cup final, playing 12 minutes at LA on 11/20 ... Open Cup: Made Dynamo debut and first appearance since ACL injury as a starter, playing 76 minutes in 1-0 overtime loss vs. KC on 4/6 as Dynamo were eliminated in qualifying round ... Reserves: Has made six appearances, including five starts, for the Dynamo Reserves ... Scored clinching goal in 2-0 win at KC on 10/18.
2010 MLS: Recovered from 2009 ACL injury to start on Opening Day and appear in 16 games, making 9 starts, for Colorado before tearing ACL again in August … Traded to Dynamo at September 15 trade deadline … Rapids were 7-3-6 in games in which Clark appeared before he re-tore his ACL on 8/7 vs. SJ … Open Cup: Started and played 90 minutes in second U.S. Open Cup qualifier at NY on 5/26, a 3-0 loss.
2009 MLS: Started 16 games, notched three goals and a career-high five assists, and earned first call-up to U.S. national team while playing for Colorado … Suffered season-ending ACL tear in left knee on 8/8 vs. CHV … Notched game-winning assists in two of the Rapids’ first three games, setting up go-ahead goals in the final 15 minutes in 2-1 win vs. KC on 3/28 and 3-2 win at LA on 4/4 … Scored first goal of the season in 1-1 tie vs. LA on 4/25 … Notched one goal and three assists in May as Rapids went 2-0-2 … Stretch included one goal, one assist in 2-2 tie vs. SEA on 5/23 … Scored third goal of season in 3-0 win vs. DC on 6/20 … Missed entire month of July while with the U.S. national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Open Cup: Played all 120 minutes at LA on 4/7 in qualifying match and converted penalty kick in shootout victory … Rapids were eliminated in 1-0 loss to Seattle in second qualifying round.
2008 MLS: The 2008 season was a breakout year for Clark, as he recorded career-highs with 29 games played, 26 games started, 2,325 minutes, 5 goals, and 3 assists …He was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week for his 80th minute strike against LA in the season opener and his goal at LA on 6/7 …Clark also scored at CHV on 10/19, which led the Rapids to a huge late-season victory … Open Cup: Appeared in both games, making one start, as Rapids were eliminated in second qualifying round … Reserves: Made one appearance.
2007 MLS: Stepped into the Rapids’ starting lineup for the first time, making 16 starts and logging two goals, two assists, and 1,321 minutes … Made his 2007 debut playing 90 minutes and recording his first career assist on 6/28 at DC … Recorded his second assist on 8/16 vs. NE … Scored his first professional goal on 8/26 vs. LA … Scored his second goal on 9/16 vs. CHV … Named team’s Most Improved Player … Open Cup: Appeared in two games as Rapids won qualifying match and advanced to quarterfinals … Reserves: Appeared in five games, making three starts, and notched two goals and two assists.
2006 MLS: Appeared in seven games as a rookie, with three starts … Made his professional debut on 4/29 against the Dynamo, playing 13 minutes Playoffs: Made postseason debut with eight minutes as a substitute in 3-2, overtime win at FCD on 10/28 to tie playoff series 3-3 … Was on the field but did not shoot in Colorado’s shootout win … Was an unused substitute in Western Conference final loss to Dynamo on 11/5 … Open Cup: Played all 120 minutes in 3-1 overtime quarterfinal loss at LA on 8/23 … Reserves: Started 10 games for the MLS Reserve Division champions, recording two goals and three assists.
INTERNATIONAL: United States international (1 cap) … 2009: Called into United States national team for first time for CONCACAF Gold Cup … Earned first cap as a starter in the United States’ 2-2 tie vs. Haiti on 11/9 in which former Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden scored the game-tying goal in stoppage time … Part of runner-up Gold Cup squad … Participated in training camp with the U.S. national team in November 2008 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: During the 2008-09 off-season, spent time training with English Premier League club Aston Villa … Trained for two weeks with Mexican First Division team Pachuca in January 2007 … Was a member of the 2005 Boulder Rapids Reserve side.
COLLEGE: Played at SMU in Dallas from 2002-04 and scored nine goals while playing midfield … SMU reached the NCAA Round of 16 in 2002, the first round in 2003, and the third round in 2004, being eliminated twice in shootouts and once in overtime.
YOUTH: Colorado Rush
PERSONAL: Married to Dana Clark … Son of Kenny and Sherry Clark … Has one brother, Spencer … Was born and grew up in Fort Collins, Colo., where his parents own a soccer shop … Favorite childhood memory was waking up to music and his parents’ cooking for Saturday morning soccer games … Was invited to try out for the AC Milan youth system when he was in high school … Admires Manchester United and Wales winger Ryan Giggs … Favorite movie is The Hangover … Favorite musical artists include B.O.B., Lupe Fiasco, and Moby … Enjoys playing fantasy football and cheering for Ohio State football and basketball … 2009 Colorado Rapids Humanitarian of the Year.
2012 CORPORATE TEAMMATE: Condera Advisors