Cody Laurendi

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Cody Laurendi
Personal information
Full name Cody Matthew Laurendi
Date of birth (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Melbourne, Florida, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Austin Aztex
Number 66
Youth career
2006–2007 South Georgia Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Montegnée 5 (0)
2010–2012 Puerto Rico Islanders 5 (0)
2013 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 (0)
2014 LA Galaxy II 19 (0)
2015– Austin Aztex 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 15, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Cody Laurendi (born August 15, 1988) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Austin Aztex in the United Soccer Leagues.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Laurendi attended Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne where he lettered in both soccer and in football, as a kicker. In his senior year he was named MVP of the Brevard County All-Star game when he came on as a field player and scored 4 goals. In a newspaper interview after the match he said, "It's icing on the cake. I got a lot of help from my teammates. It also helps that I'm a lot larger than most of the guys out there". Laurendi also played club soccer for Space Coast United, Satellite Beach SC and Orlando FC.

Laurendi went on to play college soccer at the South Georgia College. His first year there, he was named to the Georgia Junior College All Tournament Team. Cody then attended the Heidelberg Academic and Soccer Academy (HASA) in Liege, Belgium, where he played as a non-paid amateur for the fourth division R.R.F.C. Montegnée.

Professional[edit]

Laurendi returned to Florida in 2010, and subsequently attended open tryouts with the Puerto Rico Islanders in March 2010.[1] After being signed by the Islanders squad as one of three back-up goalkeepers from the trial process, Laurendi was the only one they decided to keep on for the season. In his first start with the Puerto Rico Islanders, in a game versus FC Tampa Bay, Laurendi recorded a shutout for a 0-0 draw.

On March 25, 2013 the Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced that Laurendi had signed with the club as a backup to Matt Glaeser. After three games as backup, Laurendi displaced Glaeser ahead of the Strikers rivalry clash with Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 27. Laurendi had to be substituted a half-hour into the match following a collision with a Rowdies player. The Strikers announced on May 7 that Laurendi had a lacerated kidney from the incident and would be out for the remainder of the season.[1]

In January 2014, the LA Galaxy scouted Laurendi at a combine hosted by CB3 Sports Performance owned by Carlos Bocanegra in Upland, California. He was invited to the LA Galaxy pre-season camp and was signed to their United Soccer Leagues team, the LA Galaxy II or 'Los Dos' as the fans call the team. LA Galaxy II was the first United Soccer Leagues entry for an established MLS organization. He played 19 regular season games under coach Curt Onalfo during the 2014 season which included their first ever game, a scrimmage against the USL PDL Fresno Fuegos and their regular season home opener against their Orange County, CA rivals the OC Blues - both victories for LA Galaxy II who placed third in the regular season.

After the end of the 2014 USL Pro season, Laurendi was released by the LA Galaxy and he selected USSF licensed player agent Danica Jamieson to represent his interests. This professional association resulted in his signing with the Austin Aztex (2013 PDL champions) who are entering into their first season as a United Soccer Leagues professional side.

Honors[edit]

Puerto Rico Islanders[edit]

References[edit]