Patrick Ianni

Patrick Edward Joseph Ianni (born June 15, 1985) is an American soccer player who plays as a defender.

Patrick Ianni
Personal information
Full name Patrick Edward Joseph Ianni
Date of birth (1985-06-15) June 15, 1985
Place of birth Lodi, California, United States
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Orange County FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 UCLA Bruins 58 (2)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Southern California Seahorses 4 (0)
2006–2008 Houston Dynamo 35 (1)
2007California Victory (loan) 2 (0)
2009–2013 Seattle Sounders FC 83 (3)
2014 Chicago Fire 12 (0)
2018 Orange County FC 0 (0)
Total 136 (4)
National team
2003–2005 United States U20 23 (1)
2007–2008 United States U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 24, 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 24, 2014


College and amateur

Ianni played college soccer at UCLA, where he was nominated the Hermann Trophy Award in his junior season. He also played in the Premier Development League with the Southern California Seahorses.


Ianni entered the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and was chosen by Houston Dynamo as the eighth overall pick.[1] After failing to break into the Dynamo first team on a regular basis, Ianni was loaned to USL-1 side California Victory in May 2007, but he played just two games before re-joining the Dynamo.

He made his first MLS start on June 24, 2007 against the Kansas City Wizards. In that game, he scored on a late header and contributed defensively in a 1–0 shutout win that helped earn him continued playing time as a center back. On January 26, 2009, Houston traded Ianni to Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for a 2010 MLS SuperDraft third-round pick.[2] He made his Sounders debut on May 16, 2009, on the road against FC Dallas and scored his first goal for the club against his former club Houston Dynamo on July 11, 2009.[3]

On January 15, 2014, Ianni was traded to Chicago Fire along with teammate Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and the 13th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for Jalil Anibaba, the 8th overall selection in the 2014 SuperDraft, and a conditional third-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.[4] He appeared in twelve matches with the club in 2014 season. At the end of the season Chicago Fire declined his contract option on November 18, 2014.[5]

After his release by Chicago at the end of the 2014 MLS season, Ianni announced his retirement from professional soccer on January 12, 2015.[6]

He came out of retirement ahead of the 2017-18 season to play for NPSL side Orange County FC.[7][8]


Ianni was a member of the U.S. U-20 national team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, and the U.S. U-23 national team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Personal life

Ianni is the brother of fellow professional soccer player Tayt Ianni, who played for the San Jose Clash in MLS.

Career statistics


Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
2005Southern California Seahorses United States Premier Development League40
2006Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer20
2007California Victory (loan) USL First Division20
Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer161
2008 170
2009Seattle Sounders FC 171
2010 250
2011 161
2012 161
2013 90
2014Chicago Fire 100
TotalLast UpdatedJanuary 15, 2014 1284



Houston Dynamo
Seattle Sounders FC



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