Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll
Brian Carroll
Brian Carroll
Real Name: Brian Carroll
HT: 5' 10" WT: 153
Age: 35 (07/20/1981)
Birthplace: Springfield, Va.
Hometown: Springfield, Va.


Brian Carroll was acquired by Philadelphia Union on Nov. 22, 2010 via trade with Columbus Crew SC. A defensive midfielder, Carroll is the longest-tenured member with the club and has worn the captain's arm band in each of the last five seasons. He re-signed with the club on Jan. 20, 2016.

Overall in MLS, Carroll is only one of 11 players to have started at least 300 games, currently with 322. Only three players – Steve Ralston, Kyle Beckerman and Brad Davis – have more in MLS history, with Carroll 50 away from tying Ralston’s record. Carroll is also sixth on the league’s all-time games played list with 344. He only trails Beckerman, Ralston, Davis, Jeff Cunningham and Davy Arnaud in that category. Carroll is also the owner of MLS second-longest streak of consecutive games played, which reached 90 in 2006. 


2016 (Union): Brian Carroll has played 19 games this year, starting 18 matches so far in place of Maurice Edu who has yet to make his 2016 debut due to a left tibia stress fracture suffered in the preseason. Carroll scored a stoppage-time goal in a match against Colorado to salvage a crucial draw for the Union. He has broken the Philadelphia Union record for most starts (151), becoming only the eighth player in MLS history to break the 350 appearances mark. 

2015 (Union): Carroll played 22 league games and started in 21. The Union re-signed Brian Carroll for the 2016 season on Jan. 20, 2016. 

2014 (Union): Appeared in 21 games and had 17 starts for a total of 1,467 minutes. He became the sixth field player in MLS history to make 300 career starts on Sept. 13 when he started against New York Red Bulls. Brown’s lone assist of season came in a 1-1 draw with Montreal on March 29.

2013 (Union): Selected as team captain in January, Carroll started in all 33 games of the season, logging a total of 2969 minutes. On June 7, 2013, he led the team to a 3-0 victory against Columbus, posting one goal and one assist in the game.  On Oct. 10, he reached a milestone by competing in his 300th regular season MLS game against D.C. United.  

2012 (Union): Played 33 games and started 32, logging 2,898 minutes. Scored his only goal of the season by supplying the game-tying goal on Aug. 19 at D.C. United in a 1-1 draw. He played all 90 in each game he started. On Oct. 24, Carroll started his 250th game of his MLS career.

2011 (Union): Started in all 32 games in which he appeared, logging 2,751 minutes. He scored his first Union goal in a 2-0 win at Seattle (10/8), to give the club its first ever win on the West Coast. 

2010 (Columbus): Started 27 of 28 matches played, amassing 2,390 minutes... Had one goal on seven shots... Had three yellow cards...2010 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started both playoff matches for the Crew...Earned a cap for the U.S. Men's National Team on November 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, starting and playing 90 minutes. 

2009 (Columbus): Started all 26 matches in which he appeared... Had one assist... Had five yellow cards... Named the Crew’s Glidden Man of the Year at the end of the season... Missed match on 8/15 due to yellow card accumulation... Missed matches on 5/30 and 6/6 with R shoulder separation… 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started both playoff matches against RSL… Had one yellow card… 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League: Started all five matches in which he appeared… Had one assist. 

2008 (Columbus): Was the only Crew player to start all 30 regular season games... Had one goal (8/16) and two assists (3/29, 5/10)... Following the season, was named the CSF Crew Chiefs Hardest Working Man of the Year and was the co-recipient (with Alejandro Moreno) of the Crew Coaches Award... Earned MLS Goal of the Week honors on 8/20... Had five yellow cards (4/17, 8/16, 10/4, 10/12, 10/26)... Made his Crew debut on 3/29 vs. TFC and registered the game-winning assist... 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and went the full 90 minutes in all four MLS Cup Playoff matches in the Crew's run to MLS Cup... Had one assist, the game-winner, on 11/8 vs. K.C. ... 2008 U.S. Open Cup: Started both USOC qualifying matches, vs. RSL on 5/27 and CHI on 6/10. 

2007 (D.C. United): Appeared in 28 games, with 19 starts… Recorded a career-high four assists... 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs: Appeared and started in one game... 2007 U.S. Open Cup: Started the lone match in which he appeared. 

2006 (D.C. United): Started all 31 games in which he appeared for D.C. United… Ranked first on the club in minutes played (2,779)… Earned MLS Goal of the Week honors for his effort on 7/15 against Columbus… His streak of 90 consecutive games played ended on 9/23, due to yellow card accumulation. It was the second longest streak in MLS history (Kevin Hartman - 93)... 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs: Appeared and started in three games... 2006 U.S. Open Cup: Started all three matches in which he appeared. 

2005 (D.C. United): Appeared in 32 games, with 30 starts… Was the only D.C. player to appear in every game and logged more minutes than any other player on the club (2,612)… Notched his first career MLS goal in a 3-2 win over Chicago on 8/6… Two of his three assists on the season led to game-winning goals… 2005 MLS Cup Playoffs: Appeared and started in two games... 2005 U.S. Open Cup: Started both games in which he appeared. 

2004 (D.C. United): Appeared in 30 games, with 26 starts… Registered his first career assist against the Columbus Crew on 6/19... 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs: Started all four games in which he appeared and tallied one assist, helping D.C. United win MLS Cup 2004... 2004 U.S. Open Cup: Started the lone match in which he appeared. 

2003 (D.C. United): In his first professional season, was limited to U.S. Open Cup and friendly match appearances... 2003 U.S. Open Cup: Started all three matches in which he appeared.


Finished his three-year career at Wake Forest having started all 61 games in which he appeared… Was a teammate and roommate of current Crew teammate William Hesmer at Wake Forest... Received various honors in collegiate career, including NSCAA All-America third team, MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist, NSCAA All-South first team (twice) and All-ACC second team…2002: In his second year as team captain, helped lead Wake to a 15-2-4 record and amassed three goals and eight assists... Was a NSCAA All-America third team selection, one of 15 finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy and a NSCAA All-South first team pick... 2001: A second team All-ACC selection, he was also named to the All-South Region side... A first-year captain, was one of two Wake players to start all 21 games during the season... Was the team’s fourth-leading scorer with three goals and seven assists... Two of the goals were game-winners... Equaled school record for most assists in a game when he tallied three against Charlotte... 2000: Played in all 19 games and notched six points with a goal against UNC Asheville and assists vs. UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Maryland and High Point... Against Clemson in the ACC Tournament, with score tied 2-2 following 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, helped the Deacons advance to the semifinals by converting his penalty kick.


Carroll has earned eight international caps with the U.S. National Team... 2010: Started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on 11/17 ... 2009: Came on as a substitute – in place of Robbie Rogers – in the 69th minute of the U.S.’s 3-2 victory over Sweden in a friendly on 1/24... 2007: Came on as a substitute in the U.S.’s 2-0 friendly victory over Mexico on 2/7 and in its 3-1 victory over Ecuador on 3/25... 2006: Played in two friendlies in the run-up to the World Cup against Japan (2/10) and Guatemala (2/19)... 2005: After seeing significant time with both the U-20 and U-23 National Teams, earned his first call-up to the full U.S. team for the squad’s final World Cup qualifier vs. Panama on 10/12... Received his second cap and first starting nod on 11/12 in a friendly at Scotland... 2004: Was named to the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and appeared in three of the team’s five matches, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in each of his appearances... 2002: With the U-23s, Scored twice against English squad Bolton (8/1) and tallied the game-winner against Madeira (Portugal) Select (2/5)... 2001: Spent the spring of 2001 with the U-20 National Team competing in Trinidad, France and at the World Youth Championships in Argentina.


Was acquired by the Philadelphia Union on Nov. 22, 2010 in a trade with Columbus Crew SC in exchange for a second round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Re-signed with club on Jan. 20, 2016.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2017Philadelphia Union00000000000
2016Philadelphia Union262312094014340160
2015Philadelphia Union22210182009217020
2014Philadelphia Union211701467114211100
2013Philadelphia Union333322969116540260
2012Philadelphia Union333212898120437040
2011Philadelphia Union303012571014327050
2010Columbus Crew28271239007328130
2009Columbus Crew26260229319116050
2008Columbus Crew303012692217335050
2007D.C. United28190180147139170
2006D.C. United313112779312444060
2005D.C. United323012567310439040
2004D.C. United302602435112342040
2003D.C. United00000000000
Career Totals-37034593077617161384156570
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