U.S. National Team: An automatic starter and one of the top defensive midfielders to ever play for the USA, Armas battled back from injury to establish himself as a quiet leader on the 2000 squad ... 2000: Led the team in minutes played (1200) and starts (14) in 2000 ... Scored his first international goal against Iran on January 29 to tie the match in the second half ... Gave the U.S. the lead with a second-half goal against Colombia at the Gold Cup in Miami ... Suffered a Grade II strain of the MCL in his left knee in World Cup qualifier against Barbados on August 16 and missed the next match before returning to deliver a superior 90-minute effort vs. Costa Rica in a 0-0 draw on Oct. 11 ... Was named as an over-age player for the 2000 Olympic squad before the knee injury forced him to withdraw from the tournament ... 1999: Playing his first full season with the National Team, he was Bruce Arena's first choice at the defensive midfield position ... Missed out on the FIFA Confederations Cup after injuring his knee during a scrimmage in Mexico ... Called upon time after time to perform the tireless task of man-marking the opposition's top offensive player ... Pre-1998: Played 45 minutes in his international debut for the U.S. on Nov. 6, 1998 against Australia that ended in a 0-0 draw ... Made five appearances for the Puerto Rican National Team, but was cleared to play for the USA by CONCACAF officials on Nov. 5, 1998 ... First Appearance: Nov. 6, 1998 vs. Australia ... First Goal: Jan. 16, 2000 vs. Iran.
Professional: Led the Fire to the American "double", winning the '98 MLS Cup and the 1998 U.S. Open Cup ... 2000: Led the Chicago Fire to its second U.S. Open Cup trophy in October ... Totaled five assists for the Fire in only 16 MLS games ... An MLS All-Star and a member of the Best XI for the third consecutive year... 1999: Had a goal and 5 assists for Chicago in 22 games ... Was named to the MLS Best XI for the second straight year ... 1998: Scored one goal and 10 assists as midfield force for Fire in regular season ... Started and played every minute (450) of the Fire's five playoff matches ... Had played the last 44 games and 3960 minutes (13 with LA in '97) before missing the last game of the season to catch some must needed rest ... Traded to the Fire on January 27, 1998 from the L.A. Galaxy ... 1997: Scored three goals for the L.A. Galaxy and dished out four assists ... 1996: Scored for the Galaxy in the '96 MLS Cup loss to D.C. United, and finished playoffs with two goals ... First-round selection by the Galaxy in the 1996 supplemental draft ...1995: Played with the USISL champions Long Island Rough Riders and was selected as a USISL All-Star.
College: Attended Adelphi University in New York from 1990-1993 ... Finished his collegiate career with 17 goals and 15 assists for a total of 49 points ... Adelphi's leading scorer in '93 with seven goals and three assists for a total of 17 points ... Selected NCAA First-Team All-American his senior year ... Named Adelphi's Athlete of the Year his freshman, sophomore and junior years.
Personal: Married to Justine in 1999 ... Got engaged in front of 15,000 fans after starring in the Chicago Fire's final home game of 1998.