- Position: Goalkeeper
- Date of Birth: Jul 29th, 1981
- Height: 6'2"
- Caps: 7
- Shutouts: 3
Moving from reserve to starter at DC United, Troy Perkins took his game to Europe where he is the regular #1 at Norwegian Premier League club Valerenga IF. The 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Perkins made his debut with the US National Team against Sweden on Jan 21st, 2009. He returned to MLS with DC United in January 2010, moving to Portland for the 2011 season.
In an interview with USSoccerPlayers, Perkins talked about not focusing on shutouts. “As for the clean sheets, I don’t read to much into them,” he said. “It is just about doing my job when I need to and making the job for my defenders as easy and simple as I can.”
Perkins retired as a member of the Seattle Sounders following the 2015 MLS season. He took a job with the Sounders Academy in January 2016.
National Team Highlights
2009: Got his first cap against Sweden in January and returned the squad as the regular starter for the 2009 Gold Cup run.
2015: Signed with the Seattle Sounders in January. Retired at the end of the season.
2014: Made 21 appearances with the Impact.
2013: Started 33 games for Montreal.
2012: Traded to Montreal midway through the season.
2011: Went into camp as the Portland Timbers first choice goalkeeper, but missed the first six games after a knee injury.
2010: Played in 18 games for DC United. Traded to Portland in December.
2009: Regular with Valerenga. Left the club during the January transfer window to re-sign with Major League Soccer. DC United completed a trade for Philadelphia’s allocation slot in order to add Perkins.
2008: Unable to come to terms with DC, Perkins signed with Valerenga in a five-year deal. Regular starter with Valerenga.
2007: Player of the Month for August and another strong showing in goal for DC. Most wins of any keeper with 16.
2006: Took the starting job in DC and played in all but two games and was named to the All-Star team and Keeper of the Year.
2005: Spent most of the season with the reserves.
2004: Signed a developmental contract with DC, working part-time at a Northern Virginia sporting goods store. Promoted to the senior roster and eventually made 16 appearances.
Youth Soccer: Played for the University of South Florida and the University of Evansville.