A big, strong central defender, Clarence Goodson may well be needed by USA coach Bob Bradley with normal starter Oguchi Onyewu still recovering from a knee injury on the eve of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Having played and impressed at MLS level, the tall defender is making a go of football in Scandinavia with Norwegian side IK Start.
Goodson began his professional playing career with FC Dallas in 2004 after three years of successful University football. In four seasons with the Texas club, he made 76 appearances and his leaping ability saw him grab the odd goal as well on set-pieces. In 2008 he decided to try his luck abroad and signed a contract with Norwegian club IK Start, where he has scored 11 goals in 52 appearances and established himself as a top defender in the Norwegian league.
His success overseas did not go unnoticed by USA coach Bradley, who called Goodson into his experimental squad for last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup on home soil, where he managed to grab a goal in the semi-final against Honduras before a 5-0 loss to Mexico in the final in New York.