Red Bulls Sign Two-Time MLS Cup Winning Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman
HARRISON, NJ (March 22, 2013) – The New York Red Bulls announced today that they have signed two-time MLS Cup winning goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. In addition to being a part of the senior roster, Hartman will serve as a Goalkeeping Development Manager, working with the club’s young goalkeepers, including academy players.
“We would like to welcome Kevin to the Red Bulls,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. “As one of MLS’ most successful goalkeepers of all time, Kevin brings a wealth of playing experience and the knowledge of what it takes to be successful at the highest level. That’s why we are delighted that Kevin will pass on that knowledge to our next generation of goalkeepers in the role of Goalkeeping Development Manager, while also giving us another quality goalkeeping option as part of our first team roster.”
Hartman is one of the most decorated players in Major League Soccer history. The only player in League history to play and start over 400 regular season matches in MLS, Hartman joins the Red Bulls following three years at FC Dallas. Last year, Hartman recorded 30 starts and earned six shutouts, adding to his all-time shutout record which currently stands at 112. During his time in Frisco, Hartman compiled 83 starts and helped FC Dallas reach the MLS Cup Final in 2010.
The 38-year-old started his career with the LA Galaxy in 1997 after being drafted in the 1997 College Draft from UCLA and went onto win MLS Cups with his side in 2002 and 2005. During this time, Hartman and the Galaxy also captured two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups in 2001 and 2005 and a pair of MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 1998 and 2002. Following a 1999 campaign which saw him make 32 starts, earning a 20-12 record and 11 shutouts, Hartman won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award and was a part of the MLS Best XI. The five-time MLS All-Star and five-time finalist for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award also was a member of Kansas City from 2007-09, where he started every minute of each of the 90 regular season matches during his tenure.
Overall, the 13-time MLS Cup Playoffs participant has amassed 416 regular season appearances, 37,260 minutes played and a career 180-143-89 record. Though these matches, Hartman has posted a 1.21 goals against average and set the record for lowest single season GAA in 2010 with FC Dallas, recording a 0.62 mark. Hartman has earned five caps for the U.S National Team.
Weight: 196 pounds
Day of Birth: May 25, 1974 in Athens, OH
Hometown: Palace Verdes, CA
Previous Club: FC Dallas
How Acquired: Signed on March 22, 2013