Current Club: Saint Louis FC
High School: NA
Club: St Louis Scott Gallagher
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 140 lbs.
Birth Date: 12-19-1993
Birthplace: Kalingalinga, Zambia
2015 July 2 – Charles Renken’s Journey from phenom to forgotten and beyond
“I’ll never forget [that first practice] as long as I live,” said Schilly, now the head coach of USL club Saint Louis FC. “It was classic. It was like a commercial. He was just light years ahead of everybody. He had God-given gifts. There wasn’t much to do with him, he was just better than everybody.”
2015 January 20 – Renken Signed by Saint Louis FC
The player, who attended the initial Player Tryout session last Summer, has signed with his original Club team. An important step for the Club, to show the path is available. Next we’ll see if Charles has in fact rehabbed his twice damaged knee to a level where he can truly contribute.
2014 August Arizona United SC waives midfielder Charles Renken
Renken joined the club after being released by the Portland Timbers in 2012. He appeared in four matches this season.
2013 February – Renken’s young career derailed by injuries
But in January of 2008, Renken suffered the first of the knee injuries that would ultimately rob him of that potential. In 2009, he tore the ACL in his right knee again; despite those injuries, Renken moved to the Vancouver Whitecaps academy (pre-MLS) that same year as a stopover on his way to joining the Bundesliga’s TSG Hoffenheim full-time in 2010. Renken made apparent progress and played with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team for two years before ending his time in Germany without a senior appearance.
2012 February – Zambia’s victory an inspiration for Portland’s Renken (2012)
2012 January – Timbers acquire midfielder Charles Renken
2011 – Q & A with U.S. U-20 MNT Midfielder Charles Renken (2011)
2008 – Renken the next big thing for U.S. soccer (2008)
From 2011, prior to leaving for Hoffenheim
Was one of 36 players called into camp with the U.S. U-20/U-23 National Team in Duisburg, Germany, from Nov. 7-15, 2011 … During the camp, made a substitute appearance in a scoreless draw against Azerbaijan on Nov. 11 … Came off the bench to play 30 minutes for the U-20s in a 3-0 loss to the U-19 side for German club Bayer Leverkusen on Nov. 15 … First joined the U.S. youth system in 2005 with the U-14 National Team at the age of 12 … Was a member of the U.S. Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., for nearly three years from 2007-09 … Made 11 appearances overall with the U.S. U-17 National Team and scored two goals … During his time with the U-17s, competed in the Mondial Minimes Tournament in France and Toyota International Youth Football Championship in Japan in 2007 … Helped the U-17s win the La Serena Cup in 2009, scoring a goal against host Chile (Feb. 1, 2009) during the tournament … Sustained a torn ACL on March 27, 2009, in a friendly against the Uruguay U-17 National Team, ruling him out of the U.S. squad for the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Mexico … Has been called into camp on multiple occasions with the U.S. U-20 National Team, earning his first call-up with that team in 2007 … Also represented the U.S. at the U-15 level, and participated in a camp in Argentina in 2007, in which he recorded three goals and an assist over four games.
Before agreeing to a deal with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, trained with English clubs Arsenal and Reading as well as German side 1860 Munich
Renken was acquired on Jan. 31, 2012, via the MLS waiver process. He appeared in all 10 (four starts) of the Timbers’ MLS Reserve League matches this season, logging two assists in 477 minutes played. Scored on his first team debut in a penalty-kick shootout after coming on as an 88th-minute sub in an exhibition with Aston Villa FC on July 24. He was later waived in November just prior to the MLS Waiver Draft.
A member of the U.S. U-20 National Team pool in 2011, Renken played his first professional season with the U-19 side for Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim during the 2010-11 campaign. He’s been a standout for U.S. youth international teams since 2005 and has represented the United States at the U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-20 levels.
2010-11: Played his first professional season with German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s U-19 team … Saw action in 10 matches, totaling 435 minutes … Came on as a sub and played 20 minutes in a first-team friendly against German club VfR Aalen on July 10.
2009-10: Was enrolled in the Residency program of the Vancouver Whitecaps for a season before making the move to Hoffenheim.
Dan O’Donnell (former trainer with Athletic Republic) with Renken in 2008
Born Charles Bimbe in Kalingalinga, Zambia … Moved to Edwardsville, Ill. in February 2003, where he was raised by his adopted parents Pamela and Seth Renken … Played part of his youth career with St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, receiving tournament MVP honors with its U-14 team at the Manchester United Premier Cup …