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Delvin Junior Countess

Delvin Christopher "D.J." Countess is an American soccer goalkeeper.

Countess attended University of California, Los Angeles, where he had a 1.02 goals against average, good for a second in the Pacific Ten Conference his freshman season.

Upon completing his freshman year, he joined the Major League Soccer (MLS) Project-40 program. On August 3, 2001, he signed with the New York MetroStars. During his first year he served as the primary backup to Tim Howard. Countess was traded to the Dallas Burn on March 13, 2002, prior to the start of the 2002 season. However, shortly after an impressive debut match, he suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to miss the remainder of the season. He bounced back in 2003, starting in twenty-four league matches and was named the clubs Defender of the Year after tallying 115 saves. He also tied an MLS record that season by facing a total of ten penalty kicks; and he set the league record by saving four, including two in a single game which was also another league record. In 2004 he was traded to Chicago Fire, where he spent the 2004 season as the primary backup to Henry Ring. Countess made only two first team appearances. Real Salt Lake, then coached by Countess youch coach, John Ellinger, took Countess as a second draft pick in the 2004 MLS Expansion Draft. Countess started in twenty-seven matches for the expansion team but his option was not picked up following the season.

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