Jair Benitez

Jair Benitez
5
Defender
  • 5' 7"
  • 145 lbs.
  • 11-01-1979
  • Jamundi, Colombia

Photographer: Anthony Chiang
Grooming: Barbara Guillaume, Joanna Hathcock, and Mike Evans
Styling: Kathryn Knox
Assistant Stylist: Lindsey Higgins

Acquired

FC Dallas initially signed Benitez on July 22, 2009 from Deportivo Cali of Colombia’s Primera Division.

Professional

2013: Made 31 appearances, including 28 starts and 2473 minutes played, all of which were career highs and ranked second on the team behind center back Matt Hedges… Scored his second MLS goal from 50-yards out in the 89th minute of a 3-1 win against Vancouver on Sept. 7… Collected an assist in the next match, a 2-1 loss to the Rapids on Sept. 14… Surpassed Drew Moor for ninth all-time in games played for FC Dallas in a 1-1 draw against RSL on Oct. 10… 2012: Logged the fourth-most minutes for FC Dallas during the 2012 season (2397), topping the 2,000 mark for the third straight season... He scored the first goal of his MLS career via set piece in the 44th minute of Dallas’ 3-2 win against Colorado on Aug. 11… He picked up the seventh assist of his career in the following match, a 2-0 victory over Vancouver on Aug. 15… Benitez equaled his MLS-high for shots (15) in a season. 2011: Benitez saw time in 27 of 34 regular season matches for a total of 2,231 minutes… He picked up a career high three assists, the first of which was a game-winner against the Vancouver Whitecaps on April 23… The Colombian defender had a career high 15 shots. He scored a game-winning goal via free kick in a 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on July 12. 2010: Benitez picked up his first assist of the season in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 8… He notched his second assist of the season two games later when he picked out Brek Shea for a game-winner against Chivas USA on Aug. 21… Benitez finished third on the team in minutes played (2,424) after starting 22 straight games to close out the regular season… He assisted on David Ferreira’s first half goal in MLS Cup. 2009: Benitez signed with FC Dallas on July 22 on loan from Deportivo Cali of Colombia’s Primera Division... He made his FC Dallas and MLS debut in the left back position on July 24 versus Real Salt Lake... He earned his first MLS assist on Sept. 30 versus the New England Revolution when he crossed the ball to Jeff Cunningham for the game-winning goal… Benitez started all 13 games in which he appeared. 1999-2009: Benitez spent time with clubs in both Colombia and Argentina… He spent the majority of his career with Independiente Medellín, where he twice helped the club win Copa Mustang, Colombia’s national tournament (2002, 2004)... In 2006, Benitez joined Deportivo Cali, where he played 95 games and scored two goals before returning to Independiente Medellín on loan in 2009… As a member of Medellín in 2009, Benitez appeared in 17 total contests, including both the regular season and the South American club championship, Copa Libertadores.

International

Benitez has earned seven caps with the Colombian national team making appearances in FIFA World Cup qualifying, the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and various friendlies in 2007.

Personal

His parents’ names are Tulio Sinisterra and Carmen Benitez.  He has two children, Geronimo Benitez and Yasiris Benitez. When he is not playing soccer, he likes to watch it on TV. He prays before every game. Roberto Carlos was his favorite player. He likes how people have treated him during his time in Dallas and he enjoys going out to eat to different places and going shopping. His favorite soccer memory is when he played for the Colombian National Team in 2005.

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Year Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
2014 FC Dallas 19 15 0 1379 4 9 2 13 1 0 0
2013 FC Dallas 31 28 1 2473 1 7 1 17 0 5 0
2012 FC Dallas 28 27 1 2397 1 15 3 16 0 3 1
2011 FC Dallas 27 25 0 2231 3 15 2 23 1 2 0
2010 FC Dallas 28 28 0 2424 2 8 1 22 3 3 1
2009 FC Dallas 13 13 0 1155 1 2 0 10 0 2 0
Career Totals 146 136 2 12059 12 56 9 101 5 15 2

2014 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season FC Dallas 19 15 0 1379 4 9 2 13 1 0 0

2013 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season FC Dallas 31 28 1 2473 1 7 1 17 0 5 0

2012 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season FC Dallas 28 27 1 2397 1 15 3 16 0 3 1

2011 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs FC Dallas 1 1 0 90 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season FC Dallas 27 25 0 2231 3 15 2 23 1 2 0

2010 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs FC Dallas 4 4 0 387 1 0 0 2 0 2 0
MLS Regular Season FC Dallas 28 28 0 2424 2 8 1 22 3 3 1

2009 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season FC Dallas 13 13 0 1155 1 2 0 10 0 2 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Fecha Match Result Appearance MINS G A SHT SOG FC FS Y R
8/22/2014 RSL @ DAL W 1-2 Started 65 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
8/16/2014 DAL @ SJ W 5-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
8/9/2014 COL @ DAL W 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/3/2014 DAL @ CHV W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/27/2014 DAL @ VAN T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/19/2014 NE @ DAL W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2014 PHI @ DAL W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/29/2014 DAL @ CLB T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
6/11/2014 DAL @ POR T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/7/2014 COL @ DAL W 2-3 Started 90 0 1 3 0 1 2 0 0
5/31/2014 SJ @ DAL L 2-1 Subbed On 45 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5/24/2014 DAL @ RSL T 0-0 Subbed On 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/21/2014 DAL @ LA L 1-2 Started 90 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
5/17/2014 CHV @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
5/10/2014 DAL @ SJ L 1-2 Subbed On 17 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
5/7/2014 DAL @ SEA L 1-2 Subbed On 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/4/2014 NY @ DAL L 1-0 Started 69 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 0
4/26/2014 DAL @ DC L 1-4 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
4/19/2014 TOR @ DAL W 1-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 2 4 0 0
4/12/2014 SEA @ DAL L 3-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
4/5/2014 DAL @ HOU W 4-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
3/29/2014 POR @ DAL W 1-2 Started 90 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
3/22/2014 CHV @ DAL W 1-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
3/15/2014 DAL @ KC T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/8/2014 MTL @ DAL W 2-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0
10/26/2013 DAL @ SJ L 1-2 Started 75 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
10/19/2013 SEA @ DAL W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
10/12/2013 CHI @ DAL L 3-2 Started 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/5/2013 DAL @ RSL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
9/29/2013 CLB @ DAL L 4-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/22/2013 DAL @ NY L 0-1 Started 88 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
9/14/2013 DAL @ COL L 1-2 Started 90 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
9/7/2013 VAN @ DAL W 1-3 Subbed On 25 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
8/24/2013 SJ @ DAL T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
8/21/2013 DAL @ CHV W 3-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
8/17/2013 DAL @ POR L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/11/2013 LA @ DAL T 3-3 Subbed On 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8/3/2013 DAL @ SEA L 0-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0
7/20/2013 DAL @ MTL T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/13/2013 RSL @ DAL L 3-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7/7/2013 DAL @ LA L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2013 CHV @ DAL T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
6/29/2013 DAL @ PHI T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
6/22/2013 KC @ DAL T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/15/2013 DAL @ POR L 0-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/1/2013 DAL @ COL T 2-2 Started 88 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
5/25/2013 SJ @ DAL W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
5/18/2013 DAL @ SEA L 2-4 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
5/11/2013 DC @ DAL W 1-2 Started 89 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
5/8/2013 POR @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
4/27/2013 DAL @ VAN T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4/20/2013 VAN @ DAL W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
4/13/2013 LA @ DAL W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/6/2013 DAL @ TOR T 2-2 Started 86 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
3/30/2013 DAL @ NE W 1-0 Started 89 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3/23/2013 RSL @ DAL W 0-2 Started 89 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
3/17/2013 HOU @ DAL W 2-3 Started 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/10/2013 DAL @ CHV L 1-3 Subbed On 22 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
3/2/2013 COL @ DAL W 0-1 Started 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/28/2012 CHV @ DAL T 2-2 Subbed On 45 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0
10/21/2012 DAL @ SEA L 1-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
10/7/2012 DAL @ CHV T 1-1 Started 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/29/2012 DAL @ SJ T 3-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/15/2012 VAN @ DAL W 0-1 Started 88 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
9/2/2012 SEA @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0
8/26/2012 DAL @ LA L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
8/18/2012 DAL @ RSL W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
8/15/2012 DAL @ VAN W 2-0 Started 90 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
8/11/2012 COL @ DAL W 2-3 Started 90 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
8/5/2012 DAL @ POR T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/28/2012 LA @ DAL L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
7/21/2012 POR @ DAL W 0-5 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7/18/2012 DAL @ SJ L 1-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
7/14/2012 DAL @ COL W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0
7/7/2012 SJ @ DAL T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2012 TOR @ DAL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/23/2012 CHV @ DAL T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/16/2012 DAL @ HOU L 1-2 Started 63 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
5/26/2012 DAL @ RSL L 2-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
5/23/2012 DAL @ CHI L 1-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
5/19/2012 PHI @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0
5/12/2012 DAL @ CLB L 1-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
5/9/2012 SEA @ DAL L 2-0 Started 90 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0
5/6/2012 COL @ DAL L 2-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
4/28/2012 DAL @ LA T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 0
4/25/2012 RSL @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
4/21/2012 DAL @ VAN L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/14/2012 MTL @ DAL W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/5/2012 NE @ DAL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/30/2012 DAL @ DC L 1-4 Started 76 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
3/25/2012 DAL @ KC L 1-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0
3/17/2012 POR @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
3/11/2012 NY @ DAL W 1-2 Started 85 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
10/22/2011 DAL @ SJ L 2-4 Started 90 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 0
10/15/2011 VAN @ DAL W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
10/12/2011 DAL @ CHI W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/1/2011 DAL @ COL L 0-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/24/2011 HOU @ DAL L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
9/17/2011 NY @ DAL L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
9/10/2011 DAL @ NE L 0-2 Started 80 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0
8/27/2011 DAL @ KC W 3-2 Started 80 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
8/20/2011 SEA @ DAL L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0
8/13/2011 DAL @ PHI T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
8/6/2011 DAL @ LA L 1-3 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
7/31/2011 CHV @ DAL W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
7/23/2011 DAL @ NY T 2-2 Started 90 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
7/20/2011 DAL @ TOR W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0
7/16/2011 DC @ DAL T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
7/9/2011 DAL @ RSL L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 0
7/2/2011 CLB @ DAL W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
6/25/2011 POR @ DAL W 0-4 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
6/18/2011 DAL @ CHV W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
6/12/2011 KC @ DAL L 4-1 Started 74 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
6/4/2011 NE @ DAL W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
5/28/2011 DAL @ HOU T 2-2 Subbed On 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/25/2011 DAL @ SEA W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/22/2011 RSL @ DAL T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/14/2011 PHI @ DAL W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/11/2011 TOR @ DAL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/7/2011 DAL @ DC T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/1/2011 LA @ DAL W 1-2 Started 36 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
4/23/2011 DAL @ VAN W 2-1 Started 90 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0
4/17/2011 DAL @ POR L 2-3 Subbed On 26 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4/8/2011 COL @ DAL W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/1/2011 DAL @ CLB L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
3/26/2011 SJ @ DAL L 2-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
3/19/2011 CHI @ DAL T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/24/2010 DAL @ LA L 1-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
10/16/2010 DAL @ RSL L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
10/9/2010 COL @ DAL T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0
10/2/2010 CHI @ DAL W 0-3 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
9/25/2010 DAL @ KC W 3-1 Started 85 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/22/2010 NE @ DAL T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
9/16/2010 NY @ DAL T 2-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
9/11/2010 DAL @ SJ T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
9/4/2010 TOR @ DAL W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
8/28/2010 DAL @ CLB T 0-0 Started 72 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
8/21/2010 CHV @ DAL W 0-1 Started 90 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
8/14/2010 DAL @ DC W 3-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
8/8/2010 PHI @ DAL W 1-3 Started 90 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0
7/31/2010 DAL @ COL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
7/24/2010 DAL @ TOR T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
7/17/2010 RSL @ DAL W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
7/11/2010 DAL @ SEA T 1-1 Started 80 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
7/3/2010 KC @ DAL W 0-1 Started 76 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/26/2010 DAL @ CHV W 2-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
6/5/2010 SJ @ DAL W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
5/27/2010 DAL @ CHI T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
5/20/2010 LA @ DAL L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0
5/15/2010 DAL @ PHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/8/2010 DC @ DAL W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/5/2010 DAL @ HOU W 1-0 Started 73 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1
5/1/2010 DAL @ NE T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
4/22/2010 SEA @ DAL T 2-2 Started 73 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 0
4/17/2010 DAL @ NY L 1-2 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
4/10/2010 CLB @ DAL T 2-2 Started 75 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
3/27/2010 HOU @ DAL T 1-1 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves