Player profile: Ricardo Clark
A tireless worker in the middle of the park, Ricardo Clark's exuberance, energy and youthful graft have made him a useful option to current USA boss Bob Bradley. The Atlanta, Georgia native began his professional career in MLS career with the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) in 2003, where he was one of the finalists for the 'rookie of the year' (best new player) award in Major League Soccer after a confident opening season in which he turned more than a few heads in the Big Apple.
After becoming a regular member of the squad in New York, he was eventually transferred to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005 and he then moved again - with the rest of the team in a location change to Houston, where they became the Dynamo - in 2006. It was in Texas that Clark began to really stand out in the holding midfield role, winning back-to-back MLS titles in 2006 and 2007.
Clark, who has amassed 80 appearances and scored four goals for the Dynamo, first broke into the US reckoning in 2005, lining up in a friendly against Central American upstarts Panama. His first goal for the Stars and Stripes came in the 2007 Copa America against Paraguay, and he has since made a handful of appearances in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying.