Player Details

Name

Jared Watts

Height

6' 1"

Weight

154 lbs

Date of Birth

2.3.1992 (30)

Birthplace

Statesville, NC USA

Position

Defender
2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

Hometown: Statesville, North Carolina
College: Wake Forest
Citizenship: USA
Birth Date: February 3, 1992
Acquired: Selected by the Rapids with the 33rd overall selection (second round) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

MLS CAREER

2017

  • Picked up his first assist at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, and only the third of his MLS career, in the opening-day win over New England Revolution (3/4).
  • Started the first five games, alongside three different central defensive partners (Axel Sjöberg, Bobby Burling, and Kortne Ford).
  • Sent off for the second time in his MLS career during the latter stages of the 2-1 home defeat by Real Salt Lake (4/15). Served his suspension during the 1-0 defeat at Minnesota United FC (4/23).
  • Made his 50th MLS start in the 1-0 home loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC (5/5).
  • Calf injury kept him out of the games at Philadelphia Union (5/20) and home to Sporting Kansas City (5/27).
  • Started as a central midfielder in the 2-1 home win over Portland Timbers (6/17), but was subbed out early for Dillon Serna as the team struggled.
  • Watts started the 1-0 loss at San Jose Earthquakes (7/29), which was his first start in six games.
  • Scored an own-goal from 35 yards, with a mis-guided back-pass to Tim Howard, as the Rapids lost 1-0 at home to D.C. United (8/19). He was an unused substitute for the next three games, before starting four of the next five.
  • His last game was at home to Montreal Impact (9/30), in which he was sent off for the second time in 2017, after just 12 minutes.
  • Watts missed the final three games of the season due to him serving his suspension, and then undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
  • Equaled his career-high number of starts (18), which he first achieved in 2016.

2016

  • 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.

2015

  • 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.

2014

  • 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.

NATIONAL TEAM

  • 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.

COLLEGE

  • 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.

YOUTH/CLUB

  • 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.

Pronunciation: