Under-23: The multi-talented Cherundolo saw his National Team career put on hold by a serious knee injury in 2000, but the skillful young defender should figure in the team's plans for ‘01 ... Small in stature, but large in skill, this talented young defender can play many different positions ... 2000: Suffered a devastating knee injury while training in Germany and missed almost all of 2000 ... Was pegged to start at right back for the U.S. Men in 2000 before the injury sidelined him ... Was invited to the U.S. training camp in California at the start of 2000 ... Also missed the chance to play in the Sydney Games because of the injury ... 1999: Played the full 90 minutes on his debut in the USA's 2-2 draw against Jamaica on September 8 in Kingston ... Under-20s: Co-captained the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team to an 11th place finish at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria ... Started all nine internationals of 1999 ... Scored two goals in three exhibitions in the same year, including the game winner in a 3-1 win over the San Diego Flash, the professional club from his hometown ... Had three assists in 16 international games in 1998 ... Made his Under-20 National Team debut on April 4, 1998 in a 1-1 draw versus Iceland and assisted on the U.S. goal ... Under-18s: Appeared in all four of the U.S. U-18 National Team's international matches in 1997 ... First Appearance: Sept. 8, 1999, vs. Jamaica ... First Goal: None.
Professional: Had become a consistent starter with Hannover 96 in the German Second Division before his major knee injury in 2000 ... Left the University of Portland after his sophomore season to begin his professional career in 1999 ... 2000-01: In his third season with Hannover 96, he appeared in four matches (starting two) prior to the winter break ... 1999-2000: After starting Hannover's first four games, he traveled to Jamaica to make his U.S. international debut on Sept. 8. 1999, and finished the season as a regular starter, before being injured ... 1999: Joined Hannover 96 in January after leaving Portland.
College: Was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year following his first year at Portland ... Signed a contract with German club Hannover 96 following his sophomore season at the University of Portland ... High School: A Soccer America Super 11 collegiate recruit following his senior year at Mt. Carmel H.S. ... Helped his San Diego Nomads club win six state championships.
Personal: Favorite player is Italian star Guiseppe Signori ... Enjoys golf, watching television and reading ... Says Cherundolo, "I feel a sense of honor and responsibility when I play for my country."