|Full name||Daniel Gargan|
|Date of birth||December 14, 1982|
|Place of birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Current club||LA Galaxy|
|2009||Puerto Rico Islanders||12||(1)|
|2013||San Jose Earthquakes||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 22, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gargan attended the prestigious Chestnut Hill Academy, who he helped to back-to-back Interacademic League championships in 2000 and 2001, while playing club soccer for Philadelphia Soccer Club Coppa. 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.
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. 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. 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., but announced his retirement from professional soccer, citing personal reasons, on May 9, 2008 without playing a game.
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. 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.
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. 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.
- Toronto FC
- "Adding to the D: Chivas acquires Gargan". LA Soccer News. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- Forbes, Brian (2008-04-11). "Rapids' defensive depth leads to Gargan's release". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-04-29.
- Chivas USA news
- Molinaro, John F. "TFC trades Dan Gargan to Chicago," CBC Sports, Thursday, July 28, 2011.
- "Fire trade Dasan Robinson for Dan Gargan," Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Thursday, July 28, 2011.
- "Total of 14 players selected in Stage 2 of MLS Re-Entry Draft"
- "LA Galaxy sign defender Dan Gargan". Retrieved 8 March 2014.