Dante Washington

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Dante Washington
Personal information
Full name Dante Deneen Washington
Date of birth (1970-10-21) October 21, 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Radford Highlanders 66 (82)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Washington Warthogs (indoor) 47 (70)
1996 Columbus Crew 3 (0)
1996–1999 Dallas Burn 85 (24)
2000–2002 Columbus Crew 73 (28)
2003–2004 Virginia Beach Mariners 53 (35)
2004–2005 Columbus Crew 1 (0)
2005 Real Salt Lake 9 (0)
2006 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 15 (0)
National team
1991–1997 United States 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 May 2013

Dante Deneen Washington (born November 21, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland) is a retired American soccer striker and currently a TV soccer color analyst.

Washington played college soccer at Radford University, and was named a first team All-American in 1991. He is the NCAA career leader for assists in men's soccer. After years in the various indoor leagues and minor outdoor leagues, he signed with MLS and the Columbus Crew midway through the inaugural 1996 season. But after only three games with the club, Dante was traded to the Dallas Burn for the rights to Brad Friedel. Washington spent the next three and a half seasons in Dallas, his best being in 1997, when he scored 12 goals. In 2000, it was off to Columbus again, traded for a draft pick. Washington scored 15 in his first season back with the Crew, but his production declined during the next two seasons and he wasn't re-signed in 2003.

Washington would spend the next two years with the Virginia Beach Mariners of the A-League. In 2004, he led the league in scoring and tied for the lead in goals. At the end of the year, Dante received a surprise call-up to the Crew and started a playoff game over the befuddled regular starter Edson Buddle. He stayed with the club through the opening of the 2005 season, but was let go when Columbus acquired Cornell Glen. He was then acquired by Real Salt Lake, in exchange for salary budget considerations sent to Columbus. In nine years of MLS play, Washington scored 52 league goals and added 30 assists. He retired from MLS following the 2005 season, but later signed with the Baltimore Blast of the MISL. Washington had played for a few years prior to his stint in the MLS with the Washington Warthogs in the CISL.

Washington played for the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympics.[1] He earned a total of six caps for the senior team, the first coming on March 12, 1991 against Mexico. He scored on his debut and added one other goal for his country.

Washington is one of 22 college players to be part of the 40-40 club, having both 40 goals and 40 assists in their college career.[2]



Columbus Crew



  1. ^ "Dante Washington Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  2. ^ "Players With 40 Goals and 40 Assists". Division I Men's Soccer Records (PDF) (19th ed.). Indianapolis: NCAA. August 10, 2018. pp. 7–8. Retrieved December 28, 2018.