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Raúl Rodríguez (footballer)

Raúl Rodríguez
Full nameRaúl Rodríguez Navarro
Date of birth (1987-09-22) 22 September 1987 (age 28)
Place of birthBarcelona, Spain
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Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Youth career
Vilassar Mar
Senior career*
2006–2007Vilassar Mar
2010–2011Espanyol B14(0)
2015–Houston Dynamo5(1)
National team
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Navarro.

Raúl Rodríguez Navarro (born 22 September 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo as a central defender.

Football career


Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Rodríguez made his professional debuts with UDA Gramenet, going on to play in three full Segunda División B seasons with the team. In the 2010 summer he signed for neighbouring RCD Espanyol, being initially assigned to the B-side.

After the club sold Víctor Ruiz in the 2011 January transfer window, and Juan Forlín suffered a serious injury, Rodríguez was propelled to the first team by manager Mauricio Pochettino. On 27 November 2010 he made his La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for Pablo Osvaldo in the last minute of a 3–2 away win against Atlético Madrid,[1] and finished his first professional season with ten appearances, including eight starts.

Rodríguez was definitely promoted to the main squad on 1 August 2011.[2] On 19 June 2012 he renewed his contract with the club, running until 2015.[3]

On 8 January 2015, having been completely ostracized by new coach Sergio, Rodríguez rescinded his link with the Pericos as it was due to expire on 30 June.[4]

Houston Dynamo

On 9 January 2015, Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer announced they had signed Rodríguez.[5] He made his debut for his new club on 8 March, being replaced in injury time of a 1–0 home win over the Columbus Crew.[6] He scored his first goal for the club, on April 25, 2015, in a 4-4 draw against Sporting Kansas City.[7]


  1. ^ "Atlético Madrid 2–3 Espanyol". ESPN Soccernet. 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Raúl Rodríguez, al primer equip" [Raúl Rodríguez, to the first team] (in català). Espanyol's official website. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Raúl Rodríguez, fins al 2015" [Raúl Rodríguez, until 2015] (PDF) (in català). Espanyol's official website. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Raúl Rodríguez rescinde su contrato con el Espanyol" [Raúl Rodríguez rescinds his contract with Espanyol] (in español). El Mundo Deportivo. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Houston Dynamo expect signing of La Liga center back Raul Rodriguez to address backline weaknesses". Major League Soccer. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Match recap: Houston Dynamo 1, Columbus Crew SC 0". Houston Dynamo. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Lovell, Darrell. "Match Recap: Houston Dynamo 4, Sporting KC 4". Houston Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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