Daniel Paladini

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Daniel Paladini
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Paladini
Date of birth (1984-11-11) November 11, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Northridge, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2002–2005 Northridge Matadors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Los Angeles Galaxy 0 (0)
2007 San Fernando Valley Quakes 14 (3)
2008 Chivas USA 8 (1)
2009–2010 Carolina RailHawks 59 (10)
2011–2013 Chicago Fire 58 (4)
2014 Columbus Crew 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 10, 2014

Daniel Paladini (born November 11, 1984 in Northridge, California) is an American soccer player.


Youth and college[edit]

Paladini was twice named an all-state selection as a high schooler at St. Francis High School in 2000 and 2001, and played club soccer for Real SoCal for many years. At Cal State Northridge he was a first team All-Big West selection in 2004 and 2005, and scored seven goals and added four assists in 2005 en route to Big West Conference midfielder of the year honors.


Paladini was signed to Los Angeles Galaxy's developmental roster in May 2006, having been the club's last selection of the second round (24th overall) of the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft. He played for both Galaxy and C.D. Chivas USA's reserves during the 2006 season, and was a named substitute on several occasions for Galaxy, but never appeared for either first team, and was waived by the Galaxy at the end of the season.

Paladini played for the San Fernando Valley Quakes in the USL Premier Development League in 2007, scoring 3 goals in 14 appearances and helping the team reach the PDL playoffs, before being picked up by Chivas USA on March 26, 2008, and signed to the developmental roster for the 2008 season.[1] He made his MLS debut on May 11, 2008, coming on as a 68th-minute substitute for Jesse Marsch in a 2-1 defeat to New England Revolution.

On February 9, 2009, Paladini joined Carolina RailHawks for the 2009 season.[2] He went on to play a major part in Carolina's 2009 and 2010 campaigns, featuring in 57 games and scoring 10 goals while being named to the League's Best XI both years, as well as being named the club's MVP in 2009 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Paladini returned to Major League Soccer in 2011 when he signed with Chicago Fire on January 10, 2011.[3] In his three years at the club Paladini featured in 58 league matches and scored 4 goals. On December 12, 2013, Paladini's rights were traded to Columbus Crew in exchange for a 4th round 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick.[4]

On September 18, 2014 it was announced Paladini underwent a surgery for tibia and fibula fracture (as a result of a challenge during training session) and expected to be sidelined for at least four months.[5]


Paladini was suspended from all MLS-related soccer activities on October 29, 2014, following allegations of a domestic dispute in which the police were called to his house.[6][7][8]

Court reports released in January 2015 claim Paladini allegedly punched and kicked his fiancée Sarah Alexander. The complaint also alleged that Paladini pushed Alexander down, dragged her by the hair, and poured bleach over her head, and that Alexander was left with burns, bruises and a black eye as a result.[9][10]

Paladini pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of domestic violence and was placed on probation for two years (suspended for six months) and fined $150 by Franklin County Municipal Court.[11]




  1. ^ Goats sign four to developmental contracts
  2. ^ Carolina signs Cleveland's Reed
  3. ^ Daniel Paladini One of Three Former RailHawks Headed to Major League Soccer
  4. ^ Simon Borg (December 12, 2013). "Columbus Crew acquire rights to Chicago Fire midfielder Daniel Paladini for draft pick". MLS. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Crew Midfielder Daniel Paladini Undergoes Successful Leg Surgery". myfox28columbus.com. September 18, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-13.
  6. ^ "Major League Soccer issues statement on Columbus Crew player Daniel Paladini". MLSSoccer.com. November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  7. ^ Slane, Mike (November 3, 2014). "MLS player Daniel Paladini suspended following reported domestic dispute". SportingNews.com. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "MLS suspends Crew midfielder Daniel Paladini amid domestic dispute". SI.com. November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Former Crew player Paladini faces charges of domestic violence". dispatch.com. January 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Patrick Guldan (January 6, 2015). "Daniel Paladini charged with multiple counts of domestic violence". Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "Soccer: Former Crew player Paladini guilty of domestic violence". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 9 June 2016.

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