New York native Chris Wingert has soccer in his blood. The Real Salt Lake defender was born in 1982 to former North American Soccer League player Norman Winger and wife Noreen. At St. John the Baptist High School, Chris was named to the all-state soccer team as a junior and a senior and helped his club team, FC Delco, win the 2001 U-19 Snickers US Youth Soccer National Championship, scoring the game-winning goal in the final.

Chris attended St. John’s University, where he was captain from his sophomore season on. He received the 2003 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded each year to the top collegiate soccer player in the nation. He also became the first player in Division 1 men’s soccer history to win the Hermann Trophy and the National Soccer Coaches of America Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award in the same season.

In 2004, Chris was drafted by the Columbus Crew, where he took the field as both a defender and a defensive midfielder, and helped the Crew win the Supporter’s Shield his rookie season. Chris joined the Colorado Rapids in 2006, and made the move to Real Salt Lake the following year. Over the last three seasons, his dependable defense has helped Real Salt Lake perform to sell out crowds and advance through the MLS Cup playoffs. In November, Chris helped clinch Real Salt Lake’s 2009 MLS Cup win by scoring a crucial penalty kick against the L.A. Galaxy. Chris also made his first appearance with the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2009, helping the team secure a 3-2 victory against Sweden.

Off the field, Chris enjoys wake surfing, ping-pong, and playing the guitar.  His favorite movie is “Caddyshack” and he enjoys reading anything by C.S. Lewis. He loves Salt Lake City for the beautiful scenery and the famous fry sauce.


7 Responses to “Bio”

  1. 1 rebecca green
    February 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    love it! the 801 is looking forward to having you back 🙂

  2. 2 pat
    March 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    What’s the outlook on you playing with the National Team? We need a Babalonian to represent!

    • March 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

      At this point i think Bob Bradley has his mind made up about his outside backs, and it’s not looking like i am in his plans. Unfortunately i havent been called up since last jan, so i doubt i am in the mix for our World Cup squad. I guess ya never know though, so i am gonna do my best to start off the season well, and maybe if an injury or two occur he will give me a call

  3. June 12, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Hi Chris,

    Maybe you can add your website to our directory?

    Hope to hear from you!


  4. 6 Nicole Larreau
    February 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Chris~ Last time I bumped into Roxi, she mentioned you had some new products coming out for the new season. Are you still planning on the soccer survival bags? What else can we look forward to? We have have our season tickets, and are ready to see RSL clinch yet another MLS Championship……………Go RSL!!

    • February 4, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      hey nicole, we actually just had a meeting about some of the new products today! they should be ready in the near future, and as soon as they are i promise i will let you guys know. thanks for the interest 🙂

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