|Year:||5th Year Senior|
|High School:||Northwood HS|
- Selected second overall in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft by D.C.United
- Became highest draft pick in school history, surpassing the No. 6 selection of A.J. Soares (2011 - New England Revolution)
2013: One of three team captains ... Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Semifinalist ... NSCAA First Team All-American ... NSCAA First Team All-Far-West Team selection ... College Soccer News First Team All-American selection ... All-Pac-12 first team selection ... Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention ... Soccer News Net College Boot Player of the Year Finalist ... Started and appeared in 19 games in central defense ... Finished the season with ten goals and one assist ... Scored his first goal of the season in the 48th minute by converting a penalty vs. #3 Georgetown on 8/30 ... Posted a goal and an assist in the Bears’ overtime win on 9/1 vs. #2 Maryland ... Helped anchor the defense in their first shutout of the year in a win @ USF on 9/5 ... Opened the scoring in the 20th minute with his third goal of the season on a header in a 1-1 tie on 9/13 @ Penn State ... Headed in another goal for the Bears in their win vs. Colgate on 9/20 ... Scored for the third consecutive match, and for the fifth time in six appearances in the 12th minute in the win on 9/22 vs. College of Charleston ... Was key in the team’s second shutout of the year in an overtime victory vs. SCU on 9/27 ... Scored his sixth goal of the season off of a corner kick in a win on 10/3 vs. Oregon State ... Played all 110 minutes of a 1-1 draw vs. #3 UW on 10/6 ... Played full 90 minutes on 10/10 in a win @ SDSU ... Scored the equalizer on a penalty for his seventh goal on the season in a 3-2 overtime win @ #6 UCLA on 10/13 ... Tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute by finishing a rebound after his penalty attempt was saved in the Bay Area Derby on 10/20 vs. Stanford ... Started and played the full 90 minutes in the loss vs. San Diego on 10/25, in the win on 11/1 vs. SDSU and vs. #3 UCLA on 11/3 ... Scored his ninth goal of the season on a header in the 49th minute on 11/8 @ Oregon State ... DNP on 11/10 @ #3 Washington or @ Stanford on 11/13 ... NCAA Tournament: Scored the gamewinning goal in the 35th minute of the second round victory vs. Bradley on 11/24 ... Started and contributed to the 1-0 shutout win vs. #18 Coastal Carolina on 12/1 in the third round ... Logged the full 90 minutes in the quarterfinal loss on 12/7 vs. #4 Maryland.
2012: Named a preseason All-American by College Soccer News ... Played in just two games due to injury and redshirted the season.
2011: Co-captain during his junior season ... Earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 first team and garnered honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic status ... Appeared in 16 of 17 matches, all of which were starts ... Scored the second goal of his Cal career @ Oregon State on 10/21 on a penalty kick ... Claimed 2011 Jewish Sports Review first-team All-America status for the second time ... Won a silver medal with the U.S. team in the 2012 Pan Am Maccabi Games in Brazil.
2010: Appeared in all 20 games, all of which were starts ... Finished the season with one goal and five assists ... Notched his first career assist on 9/12 vs. UNLV ... Tallied an assist on John Fitzpatrick’s game-winning golden goal in the 94th minute vs. USF on 9/19 ... Posted an assist @ Oregon State on 10/8 ... Had an assist on 10/15 vs. SDSU in a 3-0 win ... Scored his first career goal by heading in a corner kick vs. Oregon State 10/29 and also added his fifth assist of the season on the game-winning golden goal by Davis Paul ... Finished fourth on the team with five assists ... Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention.
2009: Made eight starts as a true freshman, the most at the time in school history ... Appeared in 17 games ... Made his collegiate debut as a substitute on 9/4 @ Georgetown ... Made his first career start vs. SCU on 9/20 in central defense.
High School: Competed for the U.S. U-18 and U.S. U-20 national team squads in tournaments in Portugal and Mexico in 2008 ... A finalist in the 2008 Milk Cup, facing Manchester United in the final ... Also named to the Southern California Starting XI for the USSF Development Academy ... For nine years, he was the captain of the premier team for the Irvine Strikers and Pateadores ... Member of the Cal South ODP team in 2007.
Personal: Social welfare major ... Mother is Peggy Schmidt ... Mother played volleyball at Missouri ... Sister, Jessica, attended Missouri ... Also played volleyball and lacrosse in high school ... born Jan. 23, 1991, in Newport, Calif.
Birnbaum's Career Statistics Year G GS Shots Goals Assists Points 2009 17 8 7 0 0 0 2010 20 20 15 1 5 7 2011 16 16 12 1 0 2 2012 2 0 0 0 1 1 2013 19 19 25 10 1 21 Total 74 63 59 12 7 31