Helmond Sport (Eerste Divisie)
#2 | Defender/Forward
November 12, 1982 (Age: 31)
6' 0", 170 lbs (1.83 m, 77 kg)
Charles Kazlauskas bypassed his senior year of high school in Wisconsin to pursue his dream of professional soccer in Holland. He also turned down scholarship offers from top soccer colleges such as Indiana in favor of training with the youth academy of NEC Nijmegen.
In 2002 Kaslauskas helped his Under-18 NEC team win the Dutch national title in their division. However, his progress at the club seemed to stall in the reserves when he had trouble getting first team action.
He was loaned out to Fortuna Sittard of the Dutch second division to get more playing time.
Returning to NEC brought another change, as the defender made the unusual switch of moving up front. Kazlauskas debuted for NEC Nijmegen in September 2004 in a match against Groningen as a striker, winning praise for his hustling play and dangerous attacks.
After appearing in 11 first team matches and leading the Young NEC in scoring with 11 goals, Kazlauskas was allowed to run out of contract in the summer of 2005.
He trialed with Chicago and Kansas City of Major League Soccer, but returned to Holland to sign with Gouden Gids side TOP Oss the following fall. Kazlauskas made his debut for TOP in Gatorade Cup loss to VVV Venlo.
The Yank was soon drawing raves at a new position, right back, as he helped the club clinch an early promotion playoff spot with the fall period title. He scored two goals in 23 starts during the league season.
The North Brabant mites then swept AGOVV Apeldoorn in the first round of the promtion playoffs, with Kazlauskas working 90 minutes both games. However, TOP were unable to beat Eredivisie side NAC Breda to earn promotion.
In May 2006, Kazlauskas inked a three-year deal to keep him in Oss until summer 2009. His 2006/07 campaign was interupted by work permit troubles, but the defender was reunited with his teammates in after a January hearing went in his favor.
Following the expiration of his contract with Oss, Kazlaukas moved to fellow Eerste Divisie club Helmond Sport in the summer of 2009.
Kazlauskas has played for the US Under-20 national team, but has yet to be called into senior duty.