Chris began playing soccer at age five and was coached by his father Dick during his final two years at Cascade High School. He helped lead Cascade High to two consecutive state titles and was named 1989 Gatorade Player of the Year. He was also a two-time Parade All-American.
His outstanding high school soccer career earned Chris a berth on the U.S. Youth Soccer National Team and a scholarship to play soccer at UCLA where he played for current Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid.
In 1989, he earned Rookie of the Year and All-Star team honors while playing with the Western Soccer Alliance’s Seattle Storm. He was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman team in his first year at UCLA. As a sophomore, UCLA won the NCAA title. In ’89, he was also selected as The Everett Herald’s Man of the Year in Sports.
Chris played with the U.S> National Team between 1990 and 2001 earning 79 caps (number of games a player plays for his/her national team). At 19, he was the youngest member of the 1990 U.S. World Cup Team. In ’92, he was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team that played in the Barcelona Games. He played one season with the Seattle Storm of the Western Soccer League/Alliance and short stints with teams in Germany and Norway.
He played for several Major League Soccer teams before retiring in 2006 including Colorado, Miami, Columbus, Kansas City and New York. The three-time all-star was named the Colorado Rapids 1996 MVP and was a member of the Kansas City Wizards which won the 2000 Major League Soccer Cup.
On January 24, 2008, Chris was named technical director for the Seattle Sounders Football Club.