Hunter Freeman

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Hunter Freeman
Hunter Freeman.jpg
Hunter Freeman in 2010
birthday January 8, 1985
place of birth Tyler , TexasUSA
size 180 cm
position Defender and midfielder
Years station
0000-2002 Allen high school
Texas Tech High School
0000-2002 Bradenton Academy
2002-2004 Virginia Cavaliers
Years station Games (goals) 1
2003 Texas Spurs 9 (1)
2005-2006 Colorado Rapids 47 (0)
2007-2008 New York Red Bulls 31 (1)
2008 Toronto FC 7 (0)
2009-2010 Start Kristiansand 51 (2)
2011 Houston Dynamo 23 (1)
2012 Colorado Rapids 19 (0)
2013– New York Cosmos 40 (1)
National team
Years selection Games (goals) 2
2004-2005 USA U-20 19 (1)
2007-2008 USA U-23 5 (0)
1 Only league games are given.
As of July 19, 2015

2 As of November 26, 2010

Hunter Freeman (born January 8, 1985 in Tyler , Texas ) is an American football player who is mostly used in defensive positions, but can play both as a defender and as a midfielder .

Club career

Career start at home

Freeman was born in early 1985 in the growing city of Tyler , Texas, to Russ and Jean Freeman, and has a brother named Blake. After elementary school and junior high, the already enthusiastic soccer player attended Allen High School in his later hometown Allen , where he was also used in the school's soccer team, but also played baseball. At the same time, he briefly attended Texas Tech High School in the city of Lubbock and was part of the U-17 support program of the renowned Bradenton Academy for around two years . After his high school graduation in Allen in 2002, ended his career at the Bradenton Academy in the State of Florida and instead he moved to the University of Virginia , where he also in the local sports department, the Virginia Cavaliers , was represented . While he still celebrated some successes in his high school, such as the two-time election to the Parade All-American or the equally frequent election to the NSCAA All-American selection in 2000 and 2001, he was also a multiple national player during this time in various national selections of the USA and also players of the lower-class Texas Spurs . During this time he was for two years the youngest player who was ever in the squad of the team at the PDL and was also used in official league games. During this time he mostly appeared in offensive positions, for example as a striker or attacking midfielder . He chose the University of Virginia because of what he believed to be high quality education and friendly students, although he also had offers from North Carolina State University , Wake Forest University , Saint Louis University , Southern Methodist University and Santa Clara University had available.

Career at Virginia

At the university he became more and more a defensive player and withdrew more and more into the defensive line of the team via midfield. In his first year of study he appeared in 20 league games, 15 of which he played right from the start. In addition, he was awarded at the end of the season as Letterman , which he also succeeded in the following season, when he was on the grass from the start in all 21 games in which he played. In addition, he made four assists (soccer) this year , and was the team's second best assists this year. While he was used in nine games of the fourth-rate playing amateur team Texas Spurs in 2003 and scored one goal, he completed the most successful season at the University of Virginia in his junior year. In the game year 2004 he achieved 21 templates, which meant that he beat the existing state record of Virginia , which up to this point was 20. Furthermore, it brought Freeman, who brought it among other things to assists in seven consecutive games, also scored three goals, which he came to a total of 27 scorer points in 24 championship appearances. At the end of the year he was honored several times, including being elected to the NSCAA all-America-Third-Team or the all- Atlantic-Coast-Conference- First-Team . After a successful year at the UVA, Hunter Freeman was finally awarded a Project 40 contract and came to the Colorado Rapids via the MLS SuperDraft 2005 as the seventh pick in the first round , where he was able to convince in his rookie season.

Started with the Colorado Rapids

Freeman made his professional debut in the opening game of the season on April 2, 2005 against the Kansas City Wizards , when he was on the pitch from the start. In his 20 appearances, 14 of which he started right from the start, he made his first professional assist in a 1-0 win over DC United on September 3 , which was also his only one in the entire season. When Kansas City reached the conference final of the play-offs, Freeman was not involved in this success, however, as he paused during this time. In addition, he was also in the 1: 4 loss to the second division franchise Minnesota Thunder in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup , where Melvin Tarley decided the game with his four goals clearly in favor of the club from Minnesota . In the 2006 game year , Freeman was finally used alternately as a left and right full-back and completed 27 championship games, of which he started in 24. Here, too, he managed only one template, which he contributed in the opening game against the New York Red Bulls . At the end of the season he was again absent when his team reached the final of the Western Conference, but there was again prematurely eliminated. In the US Open Cup, however, the defensive player was used again in both games of his team, where he also acted as a regular and played over 90 minutes each time. After 47 goalless championship appearances, Freeman was finally handed over to the New York Red Bulls before the start of the 2007 season , with the Colorado Rapids receiving a third-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft 2008 and a four-round pick in the MLS Supplemental Draft 2007 .

Via New York and Toronto to Europe

With the franchise, which at the time was still based in East Rutherford , New Jersey , he was able to show his performance especially in the beginning, but then had to pause a large part of the season due to injury and at the end also sat a few times on the Substitute bench. Only in the season finale and the play-offs did he find his way back to his form and his way back into the team, making a total of 16 league appearances and 15 starts. He was also involved a few times in game-changing actions, including when he prepared Jozy Altidore's 1-0 winning goal in the match against Houston Dynamo on April 21, 2007 or scored the 1-0 winning goal against FC Dallas a week later . As already mentioned, he had to take a long break due to an ankle injury that he suffered in qualifying for the US Open Cup. For the first time in his career he also took part in the play-offs at the end of the season. After Hunter Freeman had started the 2008 season with the Red Bulls , he made 14 league games (ten starts), gave one assist and was then transferred to the Canadian franchise Toronto FC in the current season , although he was already at that time had signed a contract with the Norwegian Tippeligaen representative Start Kristiansand for the coming 2009 season. For the four-month move to Canada, the Toronto FC each gave a third and fourth round pick for the MLS Supplemental Draft 2008 , although the New York Red Bulls still retained the rights to the player. By the end of the 2008 season he made seven starts for Toronto before he moved to Europe, where he mostly acted as a regular in the defensive line of the Norwegians.

51 league games in Norway

Freeman made his debut in the Tippeligaen in the first round on March 15, 2009 in the 3: 3 away draw against Strømsgodset IF , where he was used for the first time at the side of his compatriot Clarence Goodson . He performed particularly well in the 2-1 away win over Odd Grenland on June 11 and 12, 2009 , when he converted a free kick from around 40 meters and then made the template for the 2-1 winner by Mads Stokkelien . Over the entire season, in which it brought the team only to a place in the middle of the table, Freeman was used in 27 league games, scored one goal and prepared five. After that, he dropped out of the entire season break and pre-season due to an operation that he tried to cure. In the Tippeligaen 2010 , he finally completed a further 24 league games, in which he again scored a goal and prepared another five goals for his teammates. This season, too, the team did not get beyond a place in the middle of the table. After 51 league appearances in Norway, the defensive player returned to his home country and joined the MLS franchise Houston Dynamo before the 2010 season .

Time at Houston Dynamo

At Dynamo he started in the reserve team with play in the new MLS Reserve Division , where he was used, among other things, in the 2: 3 defeat against the reserve team of FC Dallas. After that he was mostly used as a starter in the defense line of the professionals and brought it to 23 championship appearances, during which he also scored one goal and prepared another for his teammate Cam Weaver . Mostly he was used as a right full-back, but also played on the left defensive side in one game. At the end of the season, his contract was not renewed.

Back to Colorado

On January 6, 2012 moved back to the Colorado Rapids. There he was on the field 19 times. but here, too, his contract was not renewed at the end of the season. Freeman then took part in the MLS Re-Entry Draft 2012 and was selected by New England Revolution in the second round. A contract was not signed with the Revs.

New York Cosmos

On February 12, 2013 moved to New York Cosmos in the second-rate North American Soccer League.

National team career

During his high school days, Freeman was brought into the US youth team a few times and during this time came among others for the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U- 18 selections to use. From 2004 he also joined the US U-20 national team , with whom he took part in the 2005 Junior World Cup in the Netherlands and was used in four games in his home country. He scored a goal in the 1: 3 defeat against his colleagues from Italy , which also meant the early retirement in the competition. In total, he came from 2004 to 2005 on 19 official international appearances and one hit. From 2007 Hunter Freeman was also used for the US U-23 selection and completed the qualification phase for the soccer tournament of the 2008 Olympic Games with them . There the Americans qualified as runner-up for the later tournament in Beijing , in which Freeman was no longer brought into the squad. By 2008, the enthusiastic golfer and hunter had a total of five goalless international appearances for the U-23 team.


He is married to the Rutgers graduate Jaime Freeman , who played for the women's professional club Amazon Grimstad FK in 2010 while her husband was active at Start Kristiansand .


Web links

Commons : Hunter Freeman  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Footnotes & individual references

  1. during high school; as the youngest player on the team
  2. Strømsgodset IF - Start Kristiansand (3: 3) (Norwegian), accessed on June 28, 2011
  3. Odd Grenland - Start Kristiansand (1: 2) (Norwegian), accessed June 28, 2011
  4. ^ Hunter Freeman scores from 40m - Video , accessed June 28, 2011
  5. Dynamo could add Hunter Freeman , accessed June 28, 2011
  6. US Under-20 Men Exit 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship After Falling 3-1 to Italy in Enschede, Holland ( Memento of the original from April 25, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (English), accessed June 27, 2011  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /