Dan Gargan

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Dan Gargan
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Gargan
Date of birth (1982-12-14) December 14, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
LA Galaxy
Number 33
Youth career
2001–2004 Georgetown Hoyas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Chesapeake Dragons 2 (0)
2005–2008 Colorado Rapids 49 (0)
2008 Chivas USA 0 (0)
2009 Puerto Rico Islanders 12 (1)
2010–2011 Toronto FC 43 (1)
2011–2012 Chicago Fire 31 (1)
2013 San Jose Earthquakes 8 (0)
2014– LA Galaxy 36 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 27, 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dan Gargan (born December 14, 1982) is an American soccer player who currently plays for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.


High School and College[edit]

Gargan attended the prestigious Chestnut Hill Academy, which he helped to back-to-back Interacademic League championships in 2000 and 2001, while playing club soccer for Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa.[1] He played college soccer at Georgetown University, scoring 11 goals and assisted on 18 while appearing in 75 games. He also garnered team MVP honors and captained the squad in both his junior and senior seasons.

During his college years he also played for the Chesapeake Dragons in the USL Premier Development League.


Gargan was drafted in the fourth round (43rd overall) by Colorado Rapids in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. After what some considered a breakout season in 2006, he was awarded the "Rapids Most Improved Player" title.[2] Though considered an adequate right back, Gargan was waived by the Rapids early in the 2008 season as they faced a roster crunch and a surplus of defenders.[3] It was popular among Rapids fans to cheer "Release the Gargan!" every time Dan came onto the field.

Following a brief period as an unattached player on trial, Gargan was signed by Chivas USA on April 25, 2008.,[2] but announced his retirement from professional soccer, citing personal reasons, on May 9, 2008 without playing a game.[4]

Gargan returned to the game to play for Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division in mid-2009, and he played 29 games for the team, helping them reach the USL-1 post season.

In early 2010, he was on trial with Toronto FC, scoring the first goal of their preseason. On March 26, 2010, Toronto FC signed Gargan to a contract.[5] He made his debut for Toronto in away loss to New England Revolution on April 10. He scored his first career MLS goal in a 1–1 draw with Houston Dynamo on July 1. He earned a spot as a regular defender, a role which would continue into the following season when he started in 12 of his 16 appearances.[6]

Gargan was traded along with a second-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft to Chicago Fire for defender Dasan Robinson on July 28, 2011.[7] Gargan made his debut for Chicago on August 13 against New York Red Bulls, the game ended in a 2–2 away draw. Less than a month after joining Chicago from Toronto, Gargan started his third match for the Fire against his old side and tallied a 69th minute header off a cross from Pavel Pardo to help his new club to a 2–0 victory on August 21, 2011. Gargan would appear in a total of nine league matches to close out the 2011 campaign and an additional two in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping the team back to its first final since 2006, where they eventually fell 2–0 to Seattle Sounders F.C. 2–0 on October 4, 2011.

On December 14, 2012 he was selected as the ninth pick in the second stage of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft by San Jose Earthquakes.[8] He signed with the Earthquakes on January 25, 2013.[9]

On March 7, 2014 Gargan signed with the LA Galaxy.[10]


Toronto FC
LA Galaxy


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Adding to the D: Chivas acquires Gargan". LA Soccer News. April 25, 2008. Retrieved April 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ Forbes, Brian (April 11, 2008). "Rapids' defensive depth leads to Gargan's release". Denver Post. Retrieved April 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ Chivas USA news
  5. ^ "Toronto FC signs defender Dan Gargan to contract". The Canadian Press. March 27, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Molinaro, John F. (July 28, 2011). "TFC trades Dan Gargan to Chicago". CBC Sports. 
  7. ^ "Fire trade Dasan Robinson for Dan Gargan," Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Thursday, July 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Total of 14 players selected in Stage 2 of MLS Re-Entry Draft"
  9. ^ Earthquakes Media Relations (January 25, 2013). "Quakes sign Dan Gargan and Ty Harden". San Jose Earthquakes. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "LA Galaxy sign defender Dan Gargan". Retrieved March 8, 2014. 

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