Steve Cronin

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Steve Cronin
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Personal information
Full name Steven Michael Cronin
Date of birth (1983-05-28) May 28, 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Sacramento, California, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1999 IMG Soccer Academy
2001–2003 Santa Clara Broncos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 San Jose Earthquakes 0 (0)
2005–2008 Los Angeles Galaxy 28 (0)
2009–2010 Portland Timbers 54 (0)
2009 D.C. United (loan) 2 (0)
2011 D.C. United 2 (0)
National team
1999 United States U17 1 (0)
2003 United States U20 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 4, 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 2, 2010

Steve Michael Cronin (born May 28, 1983 in Sacramento, California) is a retired American soccer player who most recently played for D.C. United of Major League Soccer.

Career

College and Amateur

Cronin played college soccer at Santa Clara University from 2001 to 2003. As a freshman, Cronin pulled double duty, starting 10 games as a goalkeeper and six in the field, finishing the season with a 0.79 goals against average. For the next two years, Cronin remained solely in goal, starting 27 matches and being named first-team All-West Coast Conference as a junior.

Professional

Following a tremendous performance with the Under-20 national team in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, Cronin signed a Project-40 contract with MLS. He was selected 10th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by his hometown San Jose Earthquakes. Unfortunately for Cronin, San Jose had two very competent goalkeepers in front of him, 2003 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad and Jon Conway, and the young keeper did not get any playing time in the 2004 season.

Cronin was traded to Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2005 off-season in a four-player deal and started several games for the Galaxy. He became the Galaxy's starting goalkeeper after Joe Cannon was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in January 2008.[1] Cronin signed a multi-year contract extension with Galaxy after the 2008 MLS season, but transferred to Portland Timbers in February 2009.

Cronin joined Major League Soccer side D.C. United on 9 October 2009 on loan from Portland until the end of the 2009 MLS season. His first appearance for DC United was an October 17, 2009 start at home against the Columbus Crew. Cronin made 6 saves and earned a shutout win. Cronin enjoyed a strong season with Portland in 2010 appearing in 28 league matches, in which he posted a .79 goals against average which included 12 shutouts.

On October 19, 2010 Cronin was named as one of the first four players to be signed by the Portland Timbers ahead of their expansion into Major League Soccer in 2011, along with Bright Dike, Ryan Pore and Eddie Johnson.[2]

On December 17, 2010 Cronin was traded from Portland along with allocation money to D.C. United for goalkeeper Troy Perkins.[3] Cronin remained with D.C. through the 2011 season. At season's end, the club declined his 2012 contract option and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Cronin was not selected in the draft and became a free agent.

International

As a teenager, Cronin trained with the Under-17 United States national team at the USSF's Bradenton Academy, alongside players like Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, and Bobby Convey. He made his international debut with the team against Sweden on November 26, 1998.[4]

He was called up for the United States national team camp before the game against Sweden on January 19, 2008, but was the only unused substitute in the match.[5]

Retirement

On April 13, 2012 Cronin announced he was becoming a State Farm insurance agent.[6] He opened his office in Denver, Colorado on March 1, 2013.

Honors

Los Angeles Galaxy

Portland Timbers

Individual

References

  1. ^ Cronin embracing opportunity to start Archived 2008-02-28 at the Wayback Machine. Greg Daurio, Los Angeles Galaxy, February 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "Timbers announce first signed players for MLS".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  4. ^ Steve CroninSoccerTimes.com
  5. ^ Donovan Sets Goal Scoring Mark as U.S. Opens 2008 with 2-0 Victory vs. Sweden Archived 2011-04-30 at the Wayback Machine. January 19, 2008.
  6. ^ Steve Cronin [@Cronin_Keeper] (14 April 2012). "What's up tweople. Been a bit absent, but I have been worminghard and I can now announce....I am going to be a State Farm Agent!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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