Quick Facts

Birth Date
June 11th, 1995 (age 24)
Place of Birth
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Current Club
D.C. United
Did you Know?
When Russell Canouse was just 15 years old, he moved to Germany to sign for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. 

Russell Canouse was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was brought up in a family of 6, with parents Stephanie and Gregory, sister Chelsea and two brothers, Kyle and Riley.  Similar to any young soccer player, it was Russell's dream to become professional. At the age of 10 he moved into local academy club, Pennsylvania Classics. He then transitioned over to the New York Red Bulls academy for one year before moving down full time to the IMG Academy in Florida representing the USA U-17 Youth National Team, at the young age of 14.  Russell continued to represent the USA Youth National Team on multiple levels and captained his U20 side to qualify for the World Cup in 2015.

In January 2011, at 15 years old, Russell decided to take his professional soccer dreams to Europe and sign for top Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.  He captained his U-17 side after only six months in Germany. After a successful first season with the U-19 Hoffenheim Academy Team, he again regained his captaincy of the team in 2013. After his mother Stephanie's passing to lung cancer on July 25th, Russell bounced back and ended the season on a winning note, lifting the U-19 German Bundesliga Championship.  On March 12th, 2016, after five years in their academy system, Russell made his debut for the club in a 1:0 win against VFL Wolfsburg to help the Bundesliga side avoid Relegation. In the summer of 2016, now 21 years old, Canouse was put out on loan to Bundesliga 2 side, VFL 1848 Bochum, where he scored his first professional goal and recorded over 20 appearances for the club.

Russell returned stateside in August 2017, to sign for current club D.C. United in the Major League Soccer, where he was a childhood supporter. He has since gone on to become a key figure within the club.  Off the field, Russell uses his love for the game, as well as his entrepreneurial mindset to explore both coaching and business opportunities. He is happily married to his wife, Erika Canouse.