Hunter Freeman

Hunter Freeman
Hunter Freeman
Houston Dynamo
Real Name: Hunter Freeman
HT: 5' 11" WT: 170
Age: 30 (01/08/1985)
Birthplace: Tyler, TX
Hometown: Allen, TX

OUTLOOK: Experienced defender and Texas native acquired in 2010-11 offseason.

2011 MLS: Started 22 matches at outside back and scored one goal in his return to MLS, adding two assists ... Regular at right back has also made one start at left back ... Scored late game-winning goal in goal-line scramble in 1-0 win vs. NE on 4/17 ... Assisted on Cam Weaver's goal with long throw-in to clinch 4-1 win vs. DC on 4/29 ... Appeared as a sub in 1-1 tie vs. KC on 7/16, making his 100th career MLS appearance ... Returned to starting lineup in 3-1 win vs. SEA on 7/30 and contributed assist with deft pass to Colin Clark to set up third goal ... Open Cup: Did not appear ... Reserves: Has made three appearances for the Dynamo Reserves on defense, including 3-0 win vs. first-place CHI on 10/1.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Played two seasons for IK Start in the Norwegian Premier League … Helped Start finish ninth in 2009 and eighth in 2010 in the 16-team league … Underwent off-season surgery between 2009 and 2010 seasons.

2008 MLS: Split time between New York and Toronto after signing a pre-contract for the 2009 season with Start … Played in 14 games with New York, including 10 starts and one assist, before being traded to Toronto … Made seven starts for TFC down the stretch … Open Cup: Did not appear in Red Bull’s 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace Baltimore on 7/1.

2007 MLS: Traded from Colorado to New York on March 23 and started 15 games for Red Bulls … Assisted on Jozy Altidore goal in 1-0 win vs. Dynamo on 4/21 … Scored first career goal less than one week later on national TV in 1-0 win at FCD, his favorite soccer moment at the time … Missed time due to a left ankle injury suffered in Open Cup qualifier … Playoffs: Played all 90 minutes in both legs of New York’s Eastern Conference semifinal series vs. NE … Open Cup: … Started but played only 33 minutes due to injury in Open Cup qualifying match at LA on 5/8.

2006 MLS: Saw time at both right and left back while appearing in 27 of 32 games for the Rapids, including 24 starts, in his second professional season … Assisted on opening goal in 1-1 tie vs. NY on 10/7 …Playoffs: Did not appear for the Rapids as they reached the Western Conference final before losing to the Dynamo … Open Cup: Played all 90 minutes in both Rapids games, a 1-0 win at RSL on 8/2 and a 3-1 loss at LA on 8/23.

2005 MLS: Selected seventh overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids as a Generation adidas player … Appeared in 20 games and made 14 starts as a rookie with the Rapids … Made professional debut as a started in season opener at KC on 4/2 … Recorded only assist on only goal of 1-0 win vs. DC on 9/3 … Playoffs: Did not appear as Rapids reached Western Conference final … Open Cup: Appeared as a substitute in 4-1 loss at Minnesota on 8/3.

INTERNATIONAL: Former United States youth international at the U-20 and U-23 levels … 2008: Part of the United States squad at the CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament in March, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China … 2007: Called into camp for matches against Japan in February and China in November … 2005: Started on United States squad that reached Round of 16 at FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands … Started all four games and scored lone goal in 3-1 loss to Italy that eliminated the U.S. … Earlier in the year, had helped the U.S. qualify for the tournament by going 3-0 in qualifying play in January … Other: Freeman was also called up to U-14, U-16, U-17, and U-18 age groups.

COLLEGE: Had successful three-year career at University of Virginia, including leading the country in assists as a junior … 2004: Set a new Virginia record with 21 assists, breaking the previous record of 20 and leading the nation … Had streak of seven consecutive games with an assist … Also scored three goals for a team-high 27 points in 24 games … Third team NSCAA all-America … First team all-Atlantic Coast Conference … 2003: Started 21 games and notched four assists … 2002: Appeared in 20 games and made 15 starts, including six of his last seven games.

AMATEUR: Played for the Texas Spurs PDL team while in high school and started despite being the youngest player on the team by two years … Spent two years in United States U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla. … Also attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas, and Texas Tech High School in Lubbock, Texas … Two-time Parade and NSCAA all-America selection.

PERSONAL: Married to Jaime, a professional soccer player who played for Amazon Grimstad in Norway … Born in Tyler, Texas, to Russ and Jean Freeman … Has one brother, Blake … Enjoys golfing and hunting … Appeared on a television show on the Women’s Entertainment channel in 2005.

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