Frankie Hejduk is in his second season as the club’s Brand Ambassador, a role he began in April 2012 following his retirement from a storied 16-year career in professional soccer. In his current role, Hejduk is responsible for interacting with all aspects of the organization for the purpose of raising awareness, supporting business development initiatives and generating excitement for the club.
Hejduk’s 16-year career included representing the United States in two World Cups, two Olympics and securing two MLS Cup championships, including the Crew’s 2008 MLS Cup victory.
Known for his tireless work rate, Hejduk was one of the most recognizable and dynamic players in Major League Soccer for 12 seasons, including three with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (1996-98) and one with the LA Galaxy (2011). Over the course of his legendary career in Black & Gold (2003-10), Hejduk was a part of four major trophies – the MLS Cup title and three Supporters’ Shields (2004, 2008, 2009) – while becoming one of the most popular figures in club history.
He won a second MLS Cup with the Galaxy in 2011 and was on 1996 and 2011 Supporters’ Shield winning teams with Tampa Bay and LA, respectively.
Hejduk, 38, was originally signed by the Crew on March 7, 2003. Between his two MLS stints, he played overseas for Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga from 1998-2002 and St. Gallen of the Swiss First Division in 2002. A six-time MLS All-Star (five with the Crew), he appeared in 147 games in Black & Gold, tallying seven goals and 16 assists.
An avid surfer in his spare time, Hejduk is married to his wife, Elissa, and lives in Westerville. Hejduk has three children, Nesta (15), Coasten (5) and Cali (3).