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Chris Albright    

Pro Soccer Player; defender for the Los Angeles Galaxy

A forward early in his career, Albright played college soccer at the University of Virginia but chose to leave it after just two seasons; he was named an All American in 1999.

Considered one of the best attacking prospects in the country, he leveraged foreign interest into getting assigned to D.C. United, despite the club being low on MLS's pecking order for Project-40 players.

The league forced a trade with the Miami Fusion for future considerations, which turned out to be Roy Lassiter, but not until both Albright and Lassiter helped DC to the 1999 MLS Cup.

But Albright's club career did not live up to the lofty expectations.

He struggled to find the back of the net, scoring just four goals total in his first three years in the league.

DC dealt Chris to the Galaxy for a draft pick prior to the 2002 season. Albright drifted further onto the midfield, and then found himself in the back as the Galaxy's starting right defender for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. His totals after eight seasons in MLS league play stand at nine goals and 14 assists.

Albright's first attempt at playing defense came with United States coach Bruce Arena, who also coached Albright with UVA and DC United, who gave Chris his first cap on September 8, 1999 against Jamaica. Albright scored his lone US goal that day and has accumulated 18 caps as of early 2006.

Albright was left off of Bruce Arena s 23-man squad for the U.S. National Team that will play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. However, he was listed as an alternate and made the final squad two days after the initial roster annoucement due to the injury of Frankie Hejduk.


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