A. J. DeLaGarza

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A. J. DeLaGarza
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DeLaGarza with the Galaxy in 2013
Personal information
Full name Adolph Joseph DeLaGarza
Date of birth (1987-11-04) November 4, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Bryans Road, Maryland, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 20
Youth career
2005–2008 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– LA Galaxy 156 (2)
National team
2012 United States 2 (0)
2013– Guam 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 7, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 19, 2013

Adolph Joseph DeLaGarza (born November 4, 1987 in Bryans Road, Maryland) is an American-born Guamanian international footballer who plays for the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and the Guam national team.


DeLaGarza with the Galaxy in August 2010

Youth and college[edit]

DeLaGarza was born in Bryans Road, Maryland to a Mexican-Guamanian father and a Native American mother.[1] At the age of 12, DeLaGarza played for the DC United U-12 at the Danone Cup in France, under coach Dave Sarachan. He also played for Baltimore Casa Mia's Boys, where he won 2 USYSA National Championships. In high school, DeLaGarza played at Henry E. Lackey High School for head coach Gary Lesko in Indian Head, Maryland.

DeLaGarza played college soccer at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was named College Soccer News Second Team All-Freshman after helping Maryland win the National Championship in 2005, and was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team, was a Second Team All-ACC selection, and was his team's Co-Most Valuable Defensive Player as he helped lead Maryland to the 2008 College Cup championship.


DeLaGarza was drafted in the second round (19th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Los Angeles Galaxy. He made his professional debut on March 22, 2009, in Galaxy's first game of the 2009 MLS season against D.C. United.[2] Following Sean Franklin's mid-season hamstring injury, DeLaGarza played many games at the right side of Galaxy's defense, ultimately clocking 1,754 minutes in his rookie season. At October 1, 2012 against Colorado, he went down to a serious injury in the 31st minute to Omar Cummings. In that match they managed to hold off Colorado in a 1-1 draw.

International career[edit]

On 21 January 2012, DeLaGarza made his debut for the senior side of the United States (as a starter) in the 1-0 win over Venezuela in a friendly match.

DeLaGarza is still eligible to play for the Guam national team due to the fact that he is not officially cap tied with the U.S. On 27 August 2013, he made the commitment to play for Guam.[3]



United States Los Angeles Galaxy

United States University of Maryland


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The MNT Blog". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/scoreboard/game.jsp?match=03222009_DCLA[dead link]
  3. ^ Serrano, Adam (27 August 2013). "LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza commits to Guam as he looks to pursue his dream of international soccer". LA Galaxy Insider. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 

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