How Acquired: Signed by the Revolution as a Homegrown Player on Dec. 21, 2012
2014: Started 14 of the 26 games in which he appeared, tallying two assists. He notched the game-winning assist at San Jose on March 29, setting up Lee Nguyen’s game-winner in second half stoppage time. He added another assist against Montreal on October 11, setting up Nguyen’s game-tying goal. Caldwell started the first two games of the season but did not return to the starting XI until July 19 against FC Dallas. That started a string of seven straight starts in which he played the full 90 minutes, a run that was ended on September 3 when he was suspended after collecting his fifth yellow card of the year in the previous game against Toronto FC. The Revs were 9-1-2 in games when he came on as a substitute, and 9-0-1 when he came on when the team was either ahead or tied. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Caldwell, who started all three of New England’s U.S. Open Cup games, started all five of the Revs’ postseason games, tallying two assists, as they reached MLS Cup. He set up Charlie Davies’ 78th-minute goal against Columbus in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series for the first postseason assist of his MLS career and then set up Davies’ 70th-minute series-clinching goal against New York in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship on November 29, booking a spot in MLS Cup for the Revs.
2013: Officially signed with the Revolution in December 2012 and appeared in 29 regular-season games during his rookie season, starting 23 times and tallying two assists. He made his MLS debut at Philadelphia on March 16, starting and playing 90 minutes in central midfield. Recorded his first career assist at Chivas USA on June 29, setting up Chad Barrett’s late goal in a 1-1 draw at StubHub Center and then added a second on a Diego Fagundez goal against Philadelphia on August 25, helping the Revs win 5-1. He started 20 of the Revs’ final 23 games, helping the club return to the postseason for the first time since 2009. He came off the bench in both of New England’s MLS Cup Playoff matches against Sporting Kansas City, while also making two appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, including one start.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
A former member of the Under-14, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-18 national teams, Caldwell was a member of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. He represented the U.S. as a member of the U-18 team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January 2009.
A two-time NSCAA All-America and academic All-America honoree at Akron, Caldwell collected third team honors as a junior in 2011 and first team honors a year later as a senior. He appeared in 88 games with the Zips, starting 66 times while scoring 20 goals and adding 22 assists, helping Akron reach the NCAA Tournament four times. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2010 College Cup when he scored the only goal of the Zips 1-0 win over Louisville in the College Cup Final. All five of his goals that year came in either the MAC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament. A captain during his junior and senior seasons, he had a career-best nine goals as a senior while adding 10 assists to be named the 2012 Mid-America Conference Player of the Year, a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. One year prior, he had six goals and a career-best 11 assists for the defending national champions. As a freshman in 2009, Caldwell appeared in 19 games, converting his penalty attempt in College Cup shootouts against North Carolina and Virginia.
Played one season with the Revolution Academy Under-18 team upon its launch in 2008-09, when he was a senior in high school, serving as their captain in their inaugural campaign. He helped the U-18s earn their first-ever win at a U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase when he scored three goals in 19 minutes in a 6-1 win over North Meck SC (Cornelius, N.C.) on May 25, 2009.