- Height / Weight: 6-0 / 160
- Age: 27 (08/07/1986)
- Pronunciation: CAR-cus
- Experience: Rookie
- Hometown: Upland, California
- How Acquired: Selected in the third round (31st overall) in the MLS SuperDraft, January 15, 2009
- First team All-America (NAIA) in 2008
- Helped lead Azusa Pacific to three consecutive NAIA Championship games (2005-07), winning title in 2006
- Coach Sigi Schmid: "Jared is an attacking outside back with a good left foot."
Started 77 of 80 games during career. Shares the program's single-game assists record (3). Played in three-straight NAIA title games, including the 2006 championship when he didn't miss a start despite suffering a broken nose earlier in the tournament.
2008: Earned NAIA All-American first team honors as the anchor of an Azusa Pacific defense that ranked fifth in the NAIA in goals against average (0.60). Was the only player to start all 20 games in a 13-4-3 campaign and ranked third on the team in points (11) and goals (4). Scored three goals and two assists in a four-game stretch that turned the Cougars' season around after a 1-2-2 start. Helped lead the Cougars post 11 shutouts, including a program-record six-game shutout streak and 600 consecutive scoreless minutes to open conference play.
2007: Was the only Azusa Pacific player to start all 22 contests during Cougars' NAIA title run, anchoring a defense that posted program single-season records of 14 shutouts and an 0.49 goals-against average. Earned All-GSAC recognition. Led team with 11 assists. Teammate of Steven Lenhart, who was drafted by Columbus in 2008 MLS SuperDraft and scored five goals in 12 regular season and playoff appearances in 2008.
2006: Started all but three games for the NAIA runners-up, appearing in a total of 22 games. Earned NAIA All-Tournament for his standout play in four games. Made the seventh of Azusa Pacific's eight-straight penalty kicks in opening-round shootout victory after 1-1 draw with Lee (Tenn.). Helped the Cougar defense hold opponents to just three goals in four NAIA Tournament contests that included a pair of overtime games.
2005: Started the first 14 games of his freshman campaign before late-season knee injury. Bounced back to appear in the semifinals and final of the national tournament. Cougars posted nine shutouts. Scored the final goal in 4-0 win over Hastings (Neb.) in the national semifinals.
Played two varsity seasons at Upland High (Calif.). Was a two-time All-Baseline League first-team pick. Added a team most valuable player honor to a collection that included two team Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Born Aug. 7, 1986, in Redwood City, Calif., to George and Marina Karkas. Has one brother (Jordan). Majored in business. Favorite college memory was winning the NAIA I National Championship in 2006. Enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.