Player Details


Brian Carroll


5' 11"


159 lbs

Date of Birth

7.20.1981 (40)


Springfield, VA USA


2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary





2017 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Carroll made one regular-season appearance for Philadelphia in 2017 ... he missed the match at Orlando (March 18) after being listed as questionable with an illness ... missed the matches from the clash at LA Galaxy (April 29) through the match at NYCFC (June 3) after being listed as out with a lumbar disc herniation ... was in the matchday 18 for the clashes at Sporting KC (July 6), at Montreal (July 19) and at Columbus (July 22) ... came on as a substitute in the friendly vs. Swansea City (July 15) ... missed the match at Minnesota (September 9) after being listed as out with a lumbar disc herniation ... in his final career MLS match, made a substitute appearance vs. Orlando (October 22) ... announced his retirement from MLS following the season ... finished his career tied for fourth in all-time MLS games played (371) ... for Bethlehem Steel FC, Carroll made two appearances (two starts) at central midfield ... he started the team's opener vs. Rochester (April 1) and again vs. Richmond (July 1).


2016 (Philadelphia): In his sixth season with Philadelphia, Carroll made 26 appearances, scoring one goal, a game-tying effort on May 29, 2016 at Colorado. He made two appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He finished the season with 156 Union starts (regular season), the most in team history. His 13,819 minutes played for Philadelphia also represents the club’s all-time leading mark.


2015 (Philadelphia): Carroll played 22 League games, starting in 21. He also made three appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as the Union again made a run to the final.


2014 (Philadelphia): Carroll 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 the New York Red Bulls. Brown’s lone assist of season came in a 1-1 draw with Montreal on March 29. He also made one appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as the Union made a run to the final of the competition.


2013 (Philadelphia):  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 October 10, he reached a milestone by competing in his 300th regular-season MLS game, against D.C. United. 


2012 (Philadelphia): Carroll made 33 appearances in 2012 (32 starts), logging 2,898 minutes. He scored the game-tying goal on August 19, 2012 at D.C. United, his former team, in a 1-1 draw. On October 24, he started the 250th MLS match of his career.


2011 (Philadelphia): Before the 2011 season, Carroll was traded to Philadelphia in exchange for a Second Round MLS SuperDraft pick. In his debut season for the club, he made 30 appearances, scoring his first goal for the team in a 2-0 win at Seattle on October 8, 2011. He also made two starts in the Union’s first-ever MLS Cup Playoff matches, against Houston on October 30, 2011 and November 4, 2011.


2010 (Columbus): Carroll made 28 appearances (27 starts), totaling 2,390 minutes played and one goal. He started two MLS Cup Playoff matches for Columbus in addition to three matches in the CONCACAF Champions League.


2009 (Columbus): Carroll started all 26 matches in which he appeared during his second season in Columbus, notching one assist. He was named the club’s Glidden Man of the Year award following the season. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, he started two matches in addition to seven appearances in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League, where he registered an additional assist.


2008 (Columbus): Ahead of the 2008 season, Carroll was first selected by San Jose in the MLS Expansion Draft, and then traded to Columbus in exchange for Kei Kamara. In his first season in Columbus, he was the only member of the club to start all 30 regular-season games, totaling one goal and one assist. Following the season, he 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. In the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, Carroll played every minute of every match as Columbus won the MLS Cup. He also started two U.S. Open Cup qualification contests and made one appearance in the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League.


2007 (D.C. United): Carroll made 28 appearances (19 starts) in his fifth D.C. United campaign, registering a career-high four assists. He made one appearance in each of the MLS Cup Playoffs and the U.S. Open Cup.


2006 (D.C. United): Carroll continued as a mainstay for D.C. United, making 29 appearances with one goal and three assists. He earned MLS Goal of the Week honors for his effort on July 15, 2006 against Columbus. He also made three appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs and three in the U.S. Open Cup.


2005 (D.C. United): In his third season with the Black-and-Red, Carroll appeared in 32 games, starting 30. He was the only United player to appear in every game, and he logged more minutes than any other player on the club (2,612). He recorded his first career MLS goal in a 3-2 win over Chicago on August 6, 2005. Two of his three assists during the campaign were game-winners. In the 2005 MLS Cup Playoffs, he appeared and started in two games, in addition to two appearances in the 2005 U.S. Open Cup.


2004 (D.C. United): Carroll appeared in 30 games, starting 26 of them. He registered his first career assist against Columbus on June 19, 2014. In the 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs, he started all four games in which he appeared, recording one assist en route to helping D.C. United win the MLS Cup. He also appeared in one 2004 U.S. Open Cup contest.


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




Carroll has earned eight international caps with the U.S. National Team. In 2001, he spent the spring with the U.S. U-20s competing at the World Youth Championships. He made appearances with the U-23s as well, including in the 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In 2005, he earned his first call-up to the senior team, making his debut appearance against Panama in a World Cup qualification match on October 12, 2005. His final appearance for the U.S. came on November 17, 2010 in a 1-0 win over South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.




Carroll finished his three-year career at Wake Forest having started all 61 matches in which he appeared. He received various honors during his collegiate career, including NSCAA All-America third team, MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist, NSCAA All-South first team (twice) and All-ACC second team. He was a captain of the team during his final two seasons, in 2001 and 2002.




Acquired by the Philadelphia Union on November 22, 2010 in a trade with Columbus Crew SC in exchange for a Second Round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Re-signed with Philadelphia on January 20, 2016.


Name: Brian Carroll

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5'11”

Weight: 158

Born: July 20, 1981 in Springfield, VA

Hometown: Springfield, VA

Citizenship: United States

Acquired: Acquired by the Philadelphia Union on November 22, 2010 in a trade with Columbus Crew SC in exchange for a Second Round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Re-signed with Philadelphia on January 20, 2016.

Previous Experience: Columbus Crew SC (2008-2010), D.C. United (2003-2007)