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Adam Moffat

Adam Moffat
Adam Moffat.jpg
Picture in August 2011
Personal information
Full name Adam John William Moffat
Date of birth (1986-05-15) 15 May 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Ross County 2 (0)
2006–2007 Elgin City 27 (7)
2007 Cleveland City Stars 19 (8)
2007–2010 Columbus Crew 44 (5)
2011 Portland Timbers 4 (0)
2011–2013 Houston Dynamo 62 (7)
2013 Seattle Sounders FC 6 (0)
2014 FC Dallas 20 (0)
2015–2016 New York Cosmos 42 (10)
2017–2018 Sacramento Republic 31 (1)
Total 257 (38)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:12, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Adam John William Moffat (born 15 May 1986) is a former Scottish footballer who played as a midfielder and spent the majority of his career playing in the various professional leagues in the United States. After beginning his career in Scottish football with Ross County and Elgin City, Moffat has played in the United States since 2007, initially with Cleveland City Stars. He then played for Major League Soccer (MLS) teams Columbus Crew, Portland Timbers, Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas prior to joining the New York Cosmos in 2015 and finishing his career with Sacramento Republic. He won the MLS Cup with Columbus in 2008.


Adam Moffat Crew.jpg

Moffat began his career in the lower divisions of the Scottish League, playing for Ross County and Elgin City between 2005 and 2007. In 2007, Moffat made a move to the United States to play for Cleveland City Stars in the USL Second Division, and stood out enough to be named to the league's Best XI. Having impressed MLS scouts with his performances, Moffat was signed by the Columbus Crew following the conclusion of the 2007 USL2 season, joining his former teammate Andrew Peterson.

Moffat scored his first MLS goal, and the first goal of the 2008 MLS season, on 29 March 2008 against Toronto FC. Moffat quickly became a fan favourite for his work ethic on and off the field, but unfortunately suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the season. While with Columbus Moffat appeared in 44 league matches and scored 5 goals.

On Nov. 24, 2010, he was selected by Portland Timbers in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft to play for fellow Scotsman John Spencer.[1]

On July 21, 2011, Moffat was traded to Houston Dynamo along with allocation money in exchange for Lovel Palmer, Mike Chabala, and an international roster spot.[2] On 14 August 2011, he scored a sensational 40-yard goal in the match versus his former team Portland Timbers at Robertson Stadium which was named an MLS Goal of the Week with a potential nomination for MLS Goal of the Year.[3] Moffat was suspended by the league for one game because of a reckless tackle he made on Seattle Sounders FC player Álvaro Fernández.[4]

On Sept. 13, 2013, Moffat was traded to Seattle Sounders FC for Servando Carrasco and a second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.[5]

On December 13, 2013, FC Dallas acquired Moffat from Seattle in exchange for Kenny Cooper and allocation money.[6] At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Dallas declined its 2015 contract option on Moffat and he entered the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft. He was not selected by any MLS club.

On January 2, 2015, Moffat signed with New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.[7] He made his Cosmos debut on April 4, 2015 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers as an 83rd-minute substitute. He made 12 starts in 20 appearances for the Cosmos, logging 1,160 minutes and scoring two goals.

Moffat joined United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic on January 2, 2016.[8]

Moffat announced his decision to retire from playing professional soccer on November 30, 2018.[9]

Personal life

Adam is married to Jennifer Lenhart, sister of former MLS player Steven Lenhart.[10]


After retiring from the professional game, Adam has settled in the Sacramento region and runs Moffat Soccer Academy which focuses on private and small group soccer training.[11]


Columbus Crew

Houston Dynamo

New York Cosmos


  1. ^ Prost Amerika
  2. ^ "Houston swap Chabala, Palmer for Portland's Moffat". 22 July 2011.
  3. ^ "No doubt about it: Moffat wins Goal of the Week". 19 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  4. ^ "MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends and fines Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat". MLS. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  5. ^ Mayers, "Joshua (13 September 2013). "Sounders trade Servando Carrasco, draft pick to Houston for midfielder Adam Moffat". The Seattle Times.
  6. ^ "FC Dallas get Adam Moffat from Seattle Sounders for rights to Kenny Cooper". Major League Soccer.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Bill Paterson (2 January 2017). "Republic FC signs veteran midfielder Adam Moffat". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  9. ^ []
  10. ^ Merz, Craig. "Crew Cornered: Q&A with Adam Moffat". Columbus Crew. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  11. ^ []

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