Clark with Houston in 2009
|Full name||Ricardo Anthony Clark|
|Date of birth||February 10, 1983|
|Place of birth||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Columbus Crew SC|
|2005||San Jose Earthquakes||30||(3)|
|2012||-> Stabæk (loan)||12||(0)|
|2018-||Columbus Crew SC||1||(0)|
|2000-2001||United States U18||6||(3)|
|2002-2003||United States U20||47||(3)|
|2003||United States U23||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 10, 2018.
? National team caps and goals correct as of January 25, 2012
Ricardo Anthony Clark (born February 10, 1983) is an American professional soccer player who plays for MLS club Columbus Crew SC as a midfielder. He has appeared for the United States national team.
Clark attended St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, and played college soccer at Furman University in 2001 and 2002, where he was named a first-team All-American in his second season. In 2001, he overcame foot injury to start 14 games and record one assist. In 2002, he scored three goals and registered three assists, and was named First Team NSCAA All-American, first-team All-American, First Team College Soccer News All-American and All-Southern Conference First Team. He also helped lead Furman to a 19-3-1 record and Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships.
After his sophomore year, Clark signed a Project-40 contract with MLS, and entered the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, where he was selected second overall by the MetroStars. Clark was excellent from the first game with the Metros, playing a vital role in the team's midfield, and finishing the season first on the team in minutes. Although Clark was an early favorite to be named MLS Rookie of the Year, he faded near the end, but still was a finalist for the award. He helped the MetroStars win four games en route to the first final in club history. MetroStars were defeated 1-0 by Chicago Fire in the Open Cup final.
In his second year with the Metros, Clark struggled to find playing time in a very crowded midfield and to find his form after some minor injuries, but he came on strong at the end of the year, becoming an automatic starter. In two years with the MetroStars, Clark scored four goals and added two assists.
Clark played very well in San Jose in a defensive midfield position, scoring three goals and two assists. He was named Player Of The Month for July and Earthquakes Player Of The Month for July. Along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, he moved to Houston for the 2006 season where he was part of two MLS Cup Championship runs in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Clark scored MLS Goal of the Week nominee on August 16 vs. Real Salt Lake with a long-range strike.
In 2007, Clark started 19 games in 2007 despite missing almost a month while competing in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2007 Copa América with the U.S. national team. He was named to MLS All-Star squad that faced Celtic F.C. He finished season with two goals and three assists, but missed the final two regular season and all playoff matches due to a suspension resulting from a deliberate kick aimed at a prone Carlos Ruiz in a match with FC Dallas. On March 3, 2009, Clark started the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League match at Atlante F.C., making him the fifth player in club history to start 100 times in all competitions.
Clark, whose contract with MLS expired at the end of the 2009 season, signed a deal with Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt for the remainder of the 2009-10 season with an option to extend the contract at the end of the season. Despite being injured for much of his time in Germany, Clark inked a three-year deal with Frankfurt on May 7, 2010.
Clark was re-signed to the Houston Dynamo on August 2, 2012, to replace Geoff Cameron, who had moved to Premier League side Stoke City. He helped lead the team to an MLS Cup final. In 2013, he again lead the team to a Conference Final by scoring 4 goals in the regular season, along with one goal and one assist in the playoffs. The team named him the Players' Player of the Year for this 2013 season. In 2015, Clark set a career high with 8 goals in a single season and was named team MVP and Player's Player of the Year by the Houston Dynamo. He also received the team's Humanitarian of the Year award for his work with youth in communities through his charity.
On February 2, 2018, Clark joined his fourth MLS club, signing as a free agent with Columbus Crew SC. At 34 years old at the time of his signing, he became the oldest player on the Columbus roster.
Prior to the season, Clark was named as part of the leadership council for Crew SC, joining Federico Higuaín, Hector Jiménez, Jonathan Mensah, Zack Steffen, and Josh Williams. The six collectively served as vice-captains behind captain Wil Trapp. Clark made his Columbus debut as a late substitute on March 10, replacing Lalas Abubakar six minutes into stoppage time of a 3-2 victory against Montreal Impact. He was on the field for less than a minute before the final whistle.
Clark has played for several youth United States national teams. He played for the US at the 2003 World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Clark got his first senior cap on October 12, 2005 against Panama, and scored his first international goal on July 2, 2007 against Paraguay in the 2007 Copa América. He received his first appearance in a World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago and his first start in World Cup Qualifying against Guatemala. He also participated in the 2009 Confederations Cup Clark scored his first goal in World Cup Qualifying on a 26-yard strike against Trinidad and Tobago, giving the U.S. a 1-0 victory.
|San Jose Earthquakes||2005||MLS||30||3||2||1||0||0||-||32||4|
|Columbus Crew SC||2018||MLS||1||0||0||0||0||0||-||1||0|
|1||July 2, 2007||Estadio Agustín Tovar, Barinas, Venezuela||Paraguay||1-1||1-3||2007 Copa América|
|2||September 9, 2009||Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago||1-0||1-0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||January 21, 2012||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, United States||Venezuela||1-0||1-0||Friendly|