Steven Mitchell "Steve" Birnbaum[1] (born January 23, 1991) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for D.C. United in Major League Soccer and the United States men's national soccer team.

Early life

Birnbaum was born in Newport, California.[2][3] His mother is Peggy (Schmidt) Birnbaum.[4] He completed high school early at Northwood High School at age 17.[5]

Career

Youth and college

Birnbaum played five years of college soccer at the University of California, Berkeley between 2009 and 2013, though redshirted the 2012 season.[6] While at college, Birnbaum also appeared for USL PDL club Orange County Blue Star in 2010 and 2011.[7]

In 2012, he won a silver medal with the U.S. team in the 2012 Pan American Maccabi Games in Brazil.[3][5]

Professional

Birnbaum was selected in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2014 by D.C. United.[8] He was loaned out to their USL Pro affiliate Richmond Kickers in March 2014, making his professional debut on April 5, 2014 in a 3–1 win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.[9]

Following an injury to Jeff Parke, Birnbaum became United's starting center back alongside Bobby Boswell. Birnbaum was named a finalist for the 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year, but lost to Tesho Akindele.[10] Birnbaum scored his first goal for United on February 26, 2015, in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal leg against Alajuelense. In 2016, Birnbaum was the subject of several rumors regarding a possible tranfser to Europe, with Maccabi Tel Aviv mentioned as one possible destination.[11]

International

Birnbaum played for the United States U18 and United States U20 National Teams in 2008.[12]

Birnbaum debuted for the United States men's national soccer team on January 28, 2015.[13] His first goal for the USMNT was a 90th-minute winner versus Iceland on January 31, 2016, a game in which he had already provided an equalizing assist to Michael Orozco to make it 2-2. [14]

Statistics

College

School Season NCAA Regular Season NCAA Tournament Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
California 2009 Div. I 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2010 18 1 2 0 0 0 20 1
2011 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
2012 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2013 16 9 3 1 0 0 19 10
NCAA Total 69 11 5 1 0 0 74 12

Club

As of 31 January 2016.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
D.C. United 2014 MLS 21 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 25 0
Richmond Kickers (loan) 2014 USL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
D.C. United 2015 MLS 22 2 1 0 3 0 5 1 31 3
2016 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 17 0
Career totals 59 2 2 0 5 0 8 1 74 3

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. January 31, 2016 StubHub Center, Carson, California  Iceland 3–2 3–2 Friendly [2]

International

United States men's national team
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 6 1
Total 7 1

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