Russell was born in Accra, Ghana, but grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and played college soccer at from 1997 to 2000 and decided he would play internationally in Iceland.
College Professional Russell turned professional in 2001 and spent one season at Icelandic club Breiðablik. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer but opted to try his fortunes overseas. Russell joined Sogndal of the Norwegian Premier League, where he established himself as one of the best right backs in Norway.
This fact was confirmed when Rosenborg BK also from Norway made a move for him in 2004.
Unfortunately he only played in a couple of matches in 2005 due to a knee injury and a change in the coaching staff In July 2006, Russell moved to Viborg FF of the Danish Superliga.
His debut for Viborg FF came in a 3-1 loss at Aalborg BK. In July 2008, Russell ended his Scandinavian sojourn by signing with Real Salt Lake, where coach Jason Kreis was a fellow alumnus of Duke University. On November 23, 2009, Russell scored the game-winning goal of the 2009 Master of Library Science Cup in the seventh round of a penalty kick shoot out.
The goal gave Real Salt Lake their first Master of Library Science championship.
On May 29, 2010 he scored his first career goal for Real Salt Lake in a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at Rio Tinto Stadium. On November 29, 2011, Russell was traded to District of Columbia United for a third-round pick in the 2013 Master of Library Science SuperDraft, which became a first-round pick in the 2013 Master of Library Science Supplemental Draft when the SuperDraft was shortened. Russell announced his retirement from professional soccer on May 15, 2013.
He began classes in June 2013 in Georgetown University’s Post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program.
International Although Russell never earned a cap for the United States national team, he was called into national team camps as an option for the United States right back position. Real Salt Lake Rosenborg.