Player Details


Michael Harrington


6' 0"


170 lbs

Date of Birth

1.24.1986 (38)


Greenville, N.C., USA


Career Summary

How he joined the club: Signed as a free agent on Jan. 18, 2016

2017 (CHICAGO FIRE): Played in nine matches, each of which were starts

2016 (CHICAGO FIRE): Played in 19 total matches, starting 16. Had one assist during the campaign, on 4/2 vs. PHI during a match that featured intermittent snow flurries. Made his club debut with a start on 3/6 vs. NYC. U.S. Open Cup: Started and played 90 minutes at NE in the semifinal on 8/9.

2015 (COLORADO RAPIDS): The nine-year MLS veteran had his first season with the Rapids cut short by injury, prior to which he had featured in 14 games for 1,260 minutes. Arrived in early December 2014 from Portland Timbers, started the first 10 games of the season. Contributed his one assist in Rapids colors during this spell, when sliding the ball through to Gabriel Torres for the lead at LA Galaxy (5/2). His last game of 2015 came in the historic 1-0 win at Seattle Sounders FC on July 18, after which he was sidelined with a foot injury. He eventually underwent successful surgery on his left foot for a plantar fasciitis release in early October and missed the remainder of the season.

2014 (PORTLAND TIMBERS): Started 21 of the 25 games he appeared in for the Timbers, contributing two assists during the year.

2013 (PORTLAND TIMBERS): Started 33 of the club's 34 matches during the regular season for the Portland Timbers, missing the one game due to injury. He led the club with 2,951 minutes played and set new career highs in games and minutes played during the 2013 regular season. He played a role in the defense that produced 14 of 15 clean sheets recorded during the season, including playing five straight shutouts at home. Played in two matches during the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping the club reach the semifinals, its deepest run in the U.S. Open Cup in club history.

2012 (SPORTING KANSAS CITY): Started nine of only 11 games, but surpassed 12,000 minutes played in MLS competition, including postseason. Assisted on the game-winning goal by Kei Kamara in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on May 27

2011 (SPORTING KANSAS CITY): Appeared in a total of 23 matches in 2011, 16 of them starts, helping Sporting KC to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.

2010 (KANSAS CITY WIZARDS): Started 29 matches and recorded four assists and was a staple at the team’s left back position. Named player of the month for June and played the full 90 in 2-1 win over Manchester United in summer friendly.

2009 (KANSAS CITY WIZARDS): Played 27 matches (17 starts) for Kansas City Wizards, logging 1,682 minutes, and finished tied for third on the team with three assists.

2008 (KANSAS CITY WIZARDS): Started all 30 regular-season matches in just his second season in Kansas City. Scored two goals and contributed two assists during the regular season. Started both matches of the club’s postseason series against the eventual MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew.

2007 (KANSAS CITY WIZARDS): Selected third overall in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City. Named the club’s rookie of the year after appearing 29 regular-season matches, scoring three goals and contributing four assists. Scored his first MLS goal three minutes into his first career MLS start, leading Sporting KC to a 4-2 season-opening win over D.C. United April 14, 2007 at RFK Stadium. Started and played 90 minutes in each of match of Sporting KC’s two-game postseason series against Chivas USA.

INTERNATIONAL (UNITED STATES): Harrington was a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla. Was a member of the U-17 national side that competed in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championships in Finland. Competed with the U.S. U-20 National Team in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championships in Holland under coach Sigi Schmid. Spent time with the U.S. U-23 National Team leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, before being selected as an alternate.

COLLEGE (NORTH CAROLINA): Attended the North Carolina from 2003-06, playing in 82 games, registering four goals and 14 assists. Helped the Tar Heels make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and was named to the preseason Hermann Trophy watch list prior to his senior season in 2006. Selected to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team following his senior year, while earning all-ACC and all-South Region honors in 2005.

PDL (RALEIGH CASL ELEITE): Made 10 appearances from 2004-06.

YOUTH (US U-17 RESIDENCY): Represented the United States at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, helping the team reach the quarterfinals. He was also on the roster for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Youth Championship in the Netherlands.