Eighth-year veteran Chance Myers enters 2015 as Sporting KC’s longest tenured player. The No. 1 overall selection and a Generation adidas member in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, he has made nearly 150 appearances for the club in all competitions, recording four goals and 16 assists from the wing back position. Myers also represented the United States at the youth level, being selected for U-18, U-20 and U-23 competitions.
2015: MLS regular season: Has started one of two appearances, recording one assist and contributing to one shutout (101 minutes played). On June 27, he made his first MLS start since May 2014 after recovering from an Achilles injury. He made an emphatic return in his first league match of the season, playing 90 minutes, recording a game-winning assist to Krisztian Nemeth and earning MLS Team of the Week honors (Week 17) as Sporting KC beat Colorado 2-0. Open Cup: Started and played 56 minutes in a 1-0 fourth round win over Saint Louis FC on June 16, his first appearance for the club since May 2014 after recovering from an Achilles injury. Started and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 quarterfinal win over the Houston Dynamo on July 21.
2014: MLS regular season: Made seven appearances, all starts, after missing the first four matches of the season with a right groin strain. Assisted Paulo Nagamura's goal in a 3-0 victory at Montreal Impact on May 10. He suffered a left Achilles tear on May 23 vs. Toronto FC and missed the remainder of the season. MLS Playoffs: Did not feature. CCL: Did not feature. Open Cup: Did not feature.
2013: MLS: Finished the year with 27 games played (26 starts). Led all Sporting KC defenders with 24 chances created from open play (via Opta). Myers earned an assist on Claudio Bieler's first goal with Sporting Kansas City in 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on March 2 (video). Myers recorded two goals on April 27 against the Portland Timbers. Myers assisted on Graham Zusi's game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on August 31 and C.J. Sapong's game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on September 21. Playoffs: Started and played full-time in all five MLS Cup Playoff matches. Assisted on Aurelien Collin's goal in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. New England. Converted his penalty kick in the MLS Cup Final penalty shootout vs. Real Salt Lake. CCL: Made CCL debut in a 0-0 draw vs. CD Olimpia at Sporting Park on October 23. Open Cup: Started and played 57 minutes in a 2-0 win over the Des Moines Menace on May 29.
2012: Myers tallied seven assists during the 2012 regular season for a single-season career high, beating his previous mark of one in each of the 2009 and 2011 seasons. Four of Myers’ seven assists this season were game-winners which tied him for sixth in the League with Brad Davis, Patrice Bernier and teammate Kei Kamara at the conclusion of the regular season. Myers appeared in 30 games this season, making 28 starts and tallying 2,538 minutes played.
2011: Recorded two goals in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier against New England. Recorded assist in 4-2 win over Toronto FC on July 23.
2010: Appeared in half of the clubs games (15) and started 6, but a hamstring injury hindered his performance on the field. Appeared as a second half substitute in 2-1 victory over Manchester United during summer friendly and played the full 90 against Colorado in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match. He graduated from the MLS Generation adidas program at the end of the 2010 season.
2009: Had off-season surgery to repair a deviated septum and broke a toe during the 2009 preseason, limiting his action. Appeared in six games for Kansas City, assisting on Josh Wolff's second goal in team's 4-2 win over New England.
2008: Selected with the 1st overall draft pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. Played in 10 MLS matches (7 starts). Lost a good portion of the season after coming down with mono.
NATIONAL TEAM: Has been a member of the U-18 and U-20 National Teams and was called into the U-23 camp. Played in the 2006 Milk Cup in Ireland and was a U.S. starter in the 2007 Pan American games. Called into the 2014 USMNT January camp and trained for three weeks with the squad including a two-week stint in Brazil.
COLLEGE: Played 2 seasons at UCLA, named first-team All-Pac 10 in 2007. Had 4 goals and 4 assists in 42 career games at UCLA.
YOUTH: Played youth soccer for SoCal United (7 years) and for the Pateadores (2 years). Attended Thousand Oaks High School.
PERSONAL: Enjoys golfing, snowboarding, body boarding and watching movies. Majored in biology while at UCLA. Grandfather played professional baseball for Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants.