Todd Dunivant

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Todd Dunivant
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Personal information
Full name Todd Dunivant
Date of birth (1980-12-26) December 26, 1980 (age 42)
Place of birth Wheat Ridge, Colorado, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Defender
Team information
Current team
Sacramento Republic (general manager)
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2002 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2002 Boulder Rapids Reserve
2003–2004 San Jose Earthquakes 46 (1)
2005–2006 LA Galaxy 45 (0)
2006–2007 New York Red Bulls 16 (2)
2007–2008 Toronto FC 27 (0)
2009–2015 LA Galaxy 148 (4)
Total284(7)
International career
2006 United States 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of August 24, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of October 19, 2011

Todd Dunivant (born December 26, 1980) is an American former soccer player who played 13 years in Major League Soccer winning 5 MLS Cup trophies. [1] After retirement he spearheaded the San Francisco Deltas professional soccer team [2] as the Director of Soccer Operations and Business Development —winning the NASL Championship in its expansion season. [3] He currently serves as the general manager of Sacramento Republic FC. [4]

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Career

College and amateur

In high school, Dunivant won two Colorado state championships in 1997 and 1998 at Dakota Ridge High School. Dunivant was also an exemplary student, being Valedictorian for his class of 1999. Dunivant played college soccer at Stanford University from 1999 to 2002. Dunivant appeared in 81 Games at Stanford and was the only player in the nation to be both First Team All-American and First Team Academic All-American in 2002. He led the Cardinal to back to back Final Fours in 2001 and 2002. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 3.33 years. [5]

Playing career

Dunivant was the first college senior taken in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and was selected sixth overall by the San Jose Earthquakes. Dunivant started all thirty of the team's games that year, while scoring one goal and six assists, as the Quakes won its second MLS Cup. He was traded to Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005 in a four-player deal and played every minute for the Galaxy, as they won the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup double.[1] Dunivant was eventually traded to the New York Red Bulls, where he made twenty-two appearances during the 2006-07 seasons.

Dunivant was acquired by expansion side Toronto FC on June 27, 2007, in a trade for Kevin Goldthwaite. Dunivant played 18 games for Toronto in his first season, all of them starts. Dunivant was traded back to the Los Angeles Galaxy on February 3, 2009, in exchange for allocation money. He spent seven more seasons with the Galaxy, collecting 3 more MLS Cups (2011, 2012, 2014), 2 supporter shields (2010, 2011). [6]

Dunivant retired from soccer at the end of the 2015 MLS season with 25 MLS Playoff appearances, 5 MLS Cup Championships (second most all-time), a 2011 Best XI Selection and a 4x Humanitarian of the Year Recipient.[2] Those accomplishments suggest that Dunivant "was arguably the best left fullback in the league during his career - certainly one of the most consistent players in MLS." [7]

Dunivant got his first cap for the United States national team on January 29, 2006, against Norway where he recorded 2 assists. He then started in a 3–2 victory over Japan on February 11, 2006.

Honors

Club

LA Galaxy
San Jose Earthquakes

Individual

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References

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  2. "SFDELTAS". SFDELTAS. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. "Deltas beat NY Cosmos to clinch NASL title". SI.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. Staff, Republic FC (January 31, 2018). "Sacramento Republic FC Hire Todd Dunivant as General Manager". Sacramento Republic FC - USL. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  5. "Defender Todd Dunivant to retire following 2015 MLS season". LA Galaxy. August 26, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  6. "Defender Todd Dunivant to retire following 2015 MLS season". LA Galaxy. August 26, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  7. Molinaro, John. "Big Read: The oral history of Toronto FC". Sportsnet. Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved December 2, 2020.