An athletic defender who loves to attack the ball, Barnes has great anticipation and timing ... a natural center back, has professional experience at every position across the back line in both three- and four-man formations, including both left back and right back … has good speed and is very strong on the ball ... solid in the air and a tireless worker ... a good distributor out of the back ... has the ability to create offensive chances with his long throw-ins ... drafted by the Revolution in the third round (40th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, he was signed on March 17, 2009, after impressing the coaching staff during preseason trips to Texas and North Carolina ... re-signed with MLS on March 19, 2010 ... became a “Big” through Big Brothers, Big Sisters in 2010, and is currently matched with a Boston-area “Little” … Twitter account: @D_Barnes25.
2013: Made six MLS regular-season appearances: four starts at left back and two substitute appearances. Recorded one assist. Made his first appearance of 2013 – a start at left back – at Portland (May 2) and also started at left back at Houston (May 18). Came on for Saer Sene at Vancouver (June 15) after Andrew Farrell was shown a red card in the 23rd minute and later assisted on a Dimitry Imbongo goal, his first MLS career assist. Midseason, started back-to-back matches at left back: at Colorado (July 17) and at Columbus (July 20). Came on as second-half substitute at left back against Columbus (Oct. 27) in the team’s playoff berth-clinching 1-0 win. Started both of the team’s MLS Cup Playoffs matches against Sporting Kansas City, playing all but five minutes of the teams’ two-game, extra-time series. Also started all three of the team’s U.S. Open Cup matches. Started at central back at Rochester (May 28) in the third round and recorded an assist on Chad Barrett’s 81st-minute goal. Started at right back and recorded a game-winning assist on Dimitry Imbongo’s goal against New York (June 12) in the fourth round. Started at left back against D.C. United (June 26) in the club’s quarterfinal loss.
2012: Made 13 regular-season appearances, including 11 starts: nine at center back, one at right back and one at left back. Scored one goal. Missed the first three matches with a left calf strain, which he suffered in training the day before the season opener in San Jose (March 10). Made his first appearance of the season as a substitute against Colorado (May 2), coming on for Kevin Alston at right back. Made his first start of the year – at center back – at Montreal (July 18). Started at left back at Kansas City (July 21). Was a substitute at center back in the match at Philadelphia (July 29), replacing the injured A.J. Soares and then started at center back against Kansas City (Aug. 4). Returned to the starting lineup at center back against Philadelphia (Sept. 1). Started at center back against New York (Sept. 22) before shifting to right back after Flo Lechner left with a knee injury. Later scored the game-tying goal – his first career goal – in the 95th minute against the Red Bulls. Made his first start at right back in the match at Houston (Sept. 29) before starting at center back in the final three regular-season matches of the season. Captained the team in its U.S. Open Cup third-round loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders (May 29). Served as the captain of the reserve squad in each of his eight starts (one at right back and seven at center back).
2011: Made 28 regular-season appearances, including 22 starts. Played all three positions across the back during the season: made one start at right back (at LA on March 20), 14 starts at left back and seven starts and two substitute appearances at his natural center back spot. His start at left back at Houston (April 17) marked his first-ever start in a four-man backline on the left. Came on as a 22nd-minute substitute at D.C. (July 20) at center back, marking the first time in 2011 he played in the center. Was a second-half substitute in the friendly against Manchester United (July 13). Started at center back against Chivas USA (August 6), playing two straight matches there, before returning to left back for five straight matches (Aug. 17 vs. Houston through Sept. 16 at Portland). Started at center back in his final four appearances of the season: at Chicago (Sept. 25), against San Jose (Oct. 8) and Columbus (Oct. 15) and at Toronto (Oct. 22). Also made appearances in the MLS Reserve League, including five starts. Started reserve games at central defense vs. D.C. (March 26) and at Columbus (May 9), and at left back at D.C. (June 7), at New York (June 11) and vs. Philadelphia (July 18). Also started at right back in the team’s MLS U.S. Open Cup Play-In match at D.C. (April 26).
2010: Made 21 appearances, including 20 starts. Missed the season opener at the LA Galaxy (March 27) with a right hip flexor strain. Made his season debut at D.C. (April 3), coming on in stoppage time. Returned to the starting lineup in central defense in San Jose (April 17). Injured his right foot in the second half against Columbus (May 8) and missed the next six league games with the injury. Returned to action against the LA Galaxy (July 10). Played sparingly in both the left and right back spots when the team moved to a 3-5-2 alignment late in several games. Started all five SuperLiga matches in the central defense. Conceded the penalty call in the final against Morelia (Sept. 1), which resulted in Morelia’s first goal.
2009: Was the only field player in MLS to play every minute (2,700) of all 30 regular-season MLS matches, while he was one of just four players in the league - including three goalkeepers - to accomplish that feat. Also started all seven matches in the Revs’ outside competitions (U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga, MLS Cup Playoffs). Became just the second rookie in MLS history to play every minute of his first season, joining former Revs defender Michael Parkhurst (2005). Served as a central defender in both a four-man and three-man backline. Played as the lone central defender when the Revs used a 3-5-2 formation in five different matches. Did not commit his first foul until the ninth game of the season at Toronto FC (May 23). Was a critical part of the Revolution defense which earned three consecutive shutouts against Kansas City (July 11), Chivas USA (July 19) and Houston (July 25) en route to a club record 386-minute shutout streak, which was finally snapped against Toronto (Aug. 1). Started both Eastern Conference Semifinal Series matches against Chicago, and all four SuperLiga matches. Played the first half of the Revs’ U.S. Open Cup match against the Harrisburg City Islanders (June 30).
COLLEGE: Made 76 appearances during a four-year career at national power Duke, primarily as a central defender … earned All-ACC honors during his senior year, recording one goal in 18 games … helped lead the Blue Devils to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his four seasons, while he was also a key contributor to the Duke teams that won ACC Championships in his freshman and sophomore years … was named to the Duke/Nike Classic all-tournament team in 2008.
PERSONAL: Son of Bobby and Deborah Barnes … has one brother, Brandon (29) … majored in sociology with a certificate in markets and management at Duke … played competitive basketball from age five all the way through high school, and still enjoys playing in his spare time … lists Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and T.I. among his favorite musical artists … favorite movies include NOTORIOUS, Remember the Titans, Wedding Crashers and Bad Boys II … favorite athletes include Michael Jordan and Eddie Pope.
How Acquired: Drafted by the Revolution in the third round (40th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft