Hometown: Statesville, North Carolina
College: Wake Forest
Birth Date: February 3, 1992
Acquired: Selected by the Rapids with the 33rd overall selection (second round) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
- Granted opportunities in 2016 due to injuries, Watts grabbed them with both hands and established himself within the tightest defense in MLS with career-high numbers.
- He made more appearances, more starts and played more minutes than either of his previous two seasons in the league.
- Watts started the first three games of the season, but sat out the next eight.
- The two injuries to Bobby Burling afforded Watts two lengthy spells in the side. With Watts starting, the Rapids were 6-3-9.
- He made his 50th appearance in MLS during the 2016 season, achieved in the 1-0 loss at Portland Timbers on October 16.
- Undoubtedly, 2015 will be best remembered by second-year pro Jared Watts as the year in which he scored his first professional goal, which turned out to be the game-winner in the 3-1 home win over Real Salt Lake (7/11).
- His solitary assist was also key, coming as it did in the historic 1-0 win at Seattle Sounders FC (8/18) - the first win for the Rapids in Seattle.
- A toe injury prevented him from making more than the 13 appearances (12 starts).
- Although he made more appearances and starts (17/13) in his rookie season, Watts had never gone 90 minutes for more than two games in a row. In 2015 he started and went the distance in six successive matches, before injury struck.
- Had a solid rookie season, starting 13 of his 17 appearances.
- Made his MLS debut on 3/29 against defending MLS Cup champions, Sporting Kansas City, playing the full 90 minutes.
- Had one assist in his rookie season, directing a header into the path of Dillon Serna for his spectacular volley at D.C. United (August 17).
- Pressed into service following injuries to central defenders Drew Moor and Shane O’Neill, but filled in admirably.
- Sustained a hamstring injury during the 4-3 home loss to LA Galaxy (Aug. 20), and sat out the next six games.
- Originally arrived as a defensive midfielder but played as a central defender.
- Played for both the U-17 and U-20 youth national teams.
- Captain of the U.S. U-17 squad at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.
- As defensive midfielder at Wake Forest University, Watts was selected to the All-ACC first team for three consecutive seasons.
- Contributed five goals and 10 assists in his four years with the Demon Deacons.
- Ranked as the 17th best recruit in the country in the class of 2010, according to Top Drawer Soccer.
- Named an NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American in 2008 and 2009.