Get to know Josh Gardner

On Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City acquired Josh Gardner from the Montreal Impact. Gardner is a veteran who has played for several teams (LA, Montreal, Seattle in USL, Columbus, Carolina in NASL), won several trophies (MLS Cup, U.S. Open Cup, Commissioner's Cup), and has experience in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Gardner (twitter account @Gardner31) tweeted for the first time since April 1 about joining SKC.



The defender/midfielder's number of followers has more than doubled since the announcement.



Quick Facts

  • Position: Defender/midfielder
  • Height: 5-10

  • Weight: 167
  • Born: 9/14/1982
  • Birthplace: Brazosport, Texas

  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Married to Michelle Gardner on August 30, 2008
  • Brother-in-Law of Chicago Fire midfielder Daniel Paladini
  • Daughter is Addison Grace Gardner, born on August 6, 2009 (age 3)
  • Son is Caleb Byron Gardner (age 2)
  • Expecting third child in May
  • Youth: Albion Hurricanes FC in Houston, Texas
  • Trained at Atlas, a Mexican professional club, as a teen
  • Fondest soccer memory was his first professional start in CONCACAF Champions League with the Galaxy (scored goal and had an assist). 
  • Loves to golf and hang out with his family.
  • Favorite TV shows:  Modern Family, Friends
  • Favorite Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo


Gardner crushes a free kick past Seattle's Kasey Keller while playing for Columbus in 2011.

Gardner nearly gives Montreal their first MLS win with a shot that hits the crossbar in stoppage time.