Chris Wingert

Chris Wingert
Chris Wingert
Real Name: Chris Wingert
HT: 5' 11" WT: 165
Age: 33 (06/16/1982)
Birthplace: Babylon, NY
Hometown: Babylon, NY

Though he was slightly hampered by various injuries, the always-reliable Wingert had another solid year in 2013, performing well at his left back position in 21 league appearances, 20 of which were starts. RSL’s longest-tenured field player, Wingert even got in on the goal scoring action last year, notching just the second professional goal of his 11-year career in Real Salt Lake’s 3-0 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal win over the Carolina RailHawks on June 26, 2013. Wingert played a big role for RSL in the playoffs, playing and starting in four postseason games and notching one assist.
Wingert will continue to be a solid presence in RSL’s back line for the 2014 season. 

RSL: Via trade with Colorado Rapids on 7/13/07 in exchange for RSL’s first round 2008 and second round 2009 MLS Supplemental Draft picks.
COL: Acquired on 1/20/06 from the Columbus Crew in exchange for the Rapids’ natural third round 2006 MLS SuperDraft selection and a conditional 2007 MLS SuperDraft pick
CLB: Selected by the Crew in the second round (12th overall) of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.

Professional Career

2013: Made a total of 21 appearances – 20 of which were starts – for the Claret-and-Cobalt in the regular season … Finished the season with the second-most yellow cards of an RSL player with six cautions … Did not register any goals or assists in the regular season … Scored his second career goal in Real Salt Lake’s 3-0 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal win over the Carolina RailHawks on June 26 … Played and started in four of RSL’s postseason games … Notched an assist in the club’s 2-0 win over LA Galaxy in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal series
2012: Set career highs and finished second among RSL field players with 31 league games played in, 30 league games started and 2,603 minutes played … Registered two assists on the year, tied for the second highest total of his career and his best mark since 2009, when he finished with three helpers … Started all four of RSL’s CONCACAF Champions League matches, giving him 35 starts and 34 appearances across all competitions … Began the season by playing all 90 minutes in each of RSL’s first four matches before not appearing in RSL’s 1-0 win over Montreal on April 4 … Played the full 90 in each of RSL’s next seven league matches before coming out in the 20th minute of the Claret-and-Cobalt’s 1-0 win at Seattle on May 12 due to a left hamstring strain … Missed just one match with the injury before returning for yet another full 90 performance on June 16 in a 3-0 win at Chivas USA … Registered his first assist of the season in RSL’s 2-3 loss to the L.A. Galaxy on June 20, playing a ball to Fabian Espindola who found Kyle Beckerman for a goal … Tallied his second assist of the year in the Claret-and-Cobalt’s 3-0 home win over Portland on July 7, hitting Alvaro Saborio in stride in the center of the box with a sublime early cross from the left wing for the finish … Played the full 90 minutes in eight straight league games from June 16-July 21 … Started 10 of RSL’s remaining 12 regular season matches, going the full 90 in nine of those games … Played the first leg of RSL’s Western Conference Semifinal series loss to Seattle Sounders FC … Was in the lineup for the second leg, but was a late scratch due to an injury suffered in warm-ups … Suffered a broken right metatarsal while training early in the offseason, keeping him out until mid-April of the 2013 season
2011: His 22 starts; 23 appearances; 1,915 minutes and one assist in regular season play were the norm in RSL’s three-man outside back rotation, but they also marked his lowest numbers in each category (except assists) in the four full seasons he’s been in Claret-and-Cobalt … Those numbers were greatly affected by a L wrist fracture suffered on 8/13 @ TOR, an injury that sidelined him for six weeks … Finished the season in the RSL all-time top five with 122 games played (3rd); 112 starts (5th); 10,065 minutes (5th) … Began the season by going the full 90 minutes in five of RSL’s six contests in the CONCACAF Champions League Championship Stage, sitting out of only the team’s 2-0 win in Leg One of the Semifinals against Saprissa … His quick throw-in to set up Morales’ 25-yard blast on 3/26 v. LA (41’) marked his lone assist during the regular season … Was the secondary character in one of the most talked-about incidents in MLS in 2011 on 6/18 v. DC, his clean slide tackle inside the area being cruelly judged as a foul against a diving Charlie Davies, which set up Davies’ equalizing PK in the 85th minute and cost RSL a pair of points by leveling the match at 1-1 … After missing a month-and-a-half due to the broken wrist, returned to the field on 9/24 @ DC with a full 90-minute effort (1-4 L) … His return marked the first of six straight starts to finish up the regular season and led to starting XI nods in all three MLS Cup Playoffs games as well … Helped RSL open the scoring in the opening leg of its Western Conf. Semifinal Series on 10/29 v. SEA, assisting on Saborio’s 41st minute tally in the crucial 3-0 victory.
2010: Scored a goal and contributed an assist in 2,466 minutes of action (30 GP/ 28 GS) across regular season and Cup competition … Those tallies included one assist in four CONCACAF Champions League contests (all starts, 360 minutes) … Ended season ranked third on RSL’s career charts with 99 appearances; 90 starts (tied w/ Beckerman); and 8,150 minutes played … Missed two games after suffering a hamstring strain early on 4/14 @ SJ in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier (sat out of MLS Cup ’09 rematch on 4/17 @ LA and another playoff rematch on 4/24 @ CLB) … Returned to the field off the bench on 5/01 v. TOR (20 minutes) and returned to starting XI on 5/08 v. PHI (3-0 W) … Showed signs of ending his goalless streak on 5/13 v. HOU, when he pushed forward on numerous forays into the box and took a pair of shots in the 3-1 win … Notched a goal seven seasons in the making on 5/22 @ CHV (46+’), his rebound off a Morales shot starting the scoring in RSL’s 2-1 win at The Home Depot Center … The goal snapped the fifth-longest goalless streak to begin a career in MLS history at 146 games … Re-aggravated hamstring injury in late May, forcing him to miss RSL’s 6/02 (USOC qualifier) and 6/05 contests @ DC … Helped RSL achieve MLS history in CCL play, starting and going the distance on 8/18 v. Árabe Unido (2-1 W), 8/25 @ Cruz Azul (4-5 L), 9/15 v. TOR (4-1 W), and 9/28 @ TOR (1-1 T) during the Utah side’s run to the top of the Group A table … Helped get RSL on the board – and its first-ever goal in CCL action – on 8/18 v. Árabe Unido, his looping cross finished by Saborio to equalize just before the half (45’) in the thrilling victory in Sandy … Missed games on 10/09 @ NY, 10/16 v. DAL, and 10/19 v. Cruz Azul (CCL) due to a left quadriceps strain … Made his 13 career postseason appearance on 10/30 @ DAL, returning from injury to log the full 90 minutes of the Western Conf. Semifinal Series Leg One defeat (1-2 L).
2009: One of 2 players (w/ Borchers) to appear in all 30 of RSL’s contests and ranked 2nd with 27 starts … Tied his single-season high of 3 assists (also in 2008) … Moving up club’s career charts, finishing 2009 with 75 GP (3rd); 68 GS (5th); and 6,165 minutes (4th) in an RSL uniform … Ended the season with a 43-consecutive-match played streak … Recorded a 796-minute streak to begin the 2009 campaign up to match on 5/16 v. KC (tactical substitution) … Assist on 6/20 @ HOU marked his first helper in 16 games … Went the full 90 minutes on 7/11 v. Club America (MEX) in XanGo Cup 2009, which RSL took by a 1-0 margin … Assisted on first professional goal by Raphael Cox on 7/18 @ CLB, the assist helping RSL to its only goal in the 1-3 defeat … Saw 8-game starting streak snapped due to illness on 8/15 v. HOU … Matched single-season high with his third assist, a helper on Findley’s first finish in a 4-0 win v. CHV on 8/26 (85’) … One of two players (w/ Beltran) to register all 90 min. on 10/07 v. CD Guadalajara (Chivas) (MEX), going the distance in a contentious 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium … Including playoffs, played every minute in RSL’s final 13 contests … Played all 120 minutes in Eastern Conf. Championship on 11/14 @ CHI, making several key defensive plays in helping RSL to a 0-0 draw through regulation and OT and an eventual 5-4 triumph in penalty kicks … Playoffs culminated in his first MLS Cup appearance, a steady 120-minute effort on 11/22 v. LA at Seattle’s Qwest Field … Followed the 1-1 draw in regulation and overtime by keeping RSL’s hopes alive in penalties, burying his 6th round attempt to keep the proceedings going for one more round – which is all it took for RSL to register a 5-4 PK win and the team’s first-ever championship.
2008: Collected a career-best three assists while starting in all 29 League contests for which he was eligible (red card suspension for 7/12 match v. CLB) … Was shown first red card of his career on 7/03 v. HOU … Started and went all 90 minutes on 7/09 v. Santos Laguna (MEX) in RSL’s 1-4 loss in the 2008 XanGo Cup … Scored RSL’s lone goal on 7/23 in 1-2 international friendly loss v. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) at Rice-Eccles Stadium … Notched first assist of 2008 on 7/28 v. TOR, his stellar cross being finished by Olave (63’) in the 2-1 win … Made his 100th career MLS appearance on 8/16 @ HOU … His second assist of the campaign on 9/06 @ LA (Movsisyan, 21’) helped get RSL on the board in an eventual 2-2 draw … Notched single-season best in assists when he tallied his third helper of the campaign on Will Johnson’s MLS Goal of the Year-winning volley (54’) on 10/18 v. FCD in a 3-1 victory … Played all 270 minutes across RSL’s three postseason contests.
2007: Went from the bench to the starting XI after being acquired by RSL on 7/13/07 from Colorado in exchange for RSL’s 2008 first round and 2009 second round MLS Supplemental Draft picks … Made 22 League appearances overall, with 16 coming in an RSL uniform, while adding a pair of assists … Made RSL debut on 7/14 @ KC … Broke a 56-game streak without an assist on 9/12 @ DC … Added second helper of the campaign in front of his hometown fans on 9/29 @ NY.
2006: Acquired by Colorado on 1/20/06 in a deal that sent a pair of draft picks to The Crew … Made his Rapids debut on 4/02/06 v. HOU, starting and playing all 90 minutes … Played 10 games for the Rapids first team and nine for the team’s MLS Reserve Division outfit before suffering a mid-season leg injury … Came back to appear in all three of the Rapids’ playoff matches, recording 272 minutes on the field during their march to the Western Conference Final.
2005: Started 20 of his 27 appearances for CLB during his sophomore MLS campaign … Earned a team-high eight cautions during his second professional season.

2004: Selected in the second Round (12th overall) by CLB in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft … Appeared in 22 games, earning 16 starts, for CLB after working his way into the lineup as a rookie … Made his MLS debut on 5/01 v. DAL, playing 33 minutes as a sub … Earned his first MLS start on 7/03 v. CHI.
2000-2003: Capped a highly-decorated career at St. John’s University by winning the 2003 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy … Played in two NCAA Men’s College Cups in 2001 and 2003 … As the team’s captain, started all 23 games in which he appeared in his senior season in 2003 … Missed the only game of his career while playing for the U.S. U-23 National Team … Became the first player in Division 1 men’s soccer history to win the Hermann Trophy and the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete Award in the same season.
International Career

U.S. Senior MNT: Earned first “cap” with the full U.S. Men’s National Team on 1/24/09 v. Sweden, playing the final 11 minutes in a 3-2 victory at The Home Depot Center … The appearance concluded his debut camp with the USA’s Senior Team, his first call-up to the U.S. Soccer system since 2004
U.S. Youth National Team: U.S. U-23’s: Represented the U.S. at the Under-23 level between 2002 and 2004, appearing in all five games of the 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico – a run that ended with a semifinal loss the “El Tri.”

High School/Club

Played club soccer for West Chester, Penn. side FC Delco, helping the club to the 2001 U-19 Snickers United States Youth National Championship when he hit the game-winning goal in a 1-0 final victory … Named All-State in New York as both a junior and a senior at St. John the Baptist High School, where he also lettered in tennis, his favorite sport after soccer.

The son of Norman and Noreen Wingert … Has one sister, Kerri … His grandfather, Warren Mehrtens, won horse racing's triple crown as a jockey aboard Assault in 1946 … His father, Norm, was also a professional soccer player, a goalkeeper for the NASL Philadelphia Atoms in the 70's … Was a member of the prestigious President's Society, recognizing the top students at St. John's, where he was a Communication Arts major … Enjoys playing the guitar, his favorite genre being rock and his favorite band Led Zeppelin.

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