Danny Barrera

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Danny Barrera
Personal information
Full name Daniel Francisco Barrera
Date of birth (1990-01-08) January 8, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Bogotá, Colombia
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Westlake High School
2008–2010 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Ventura County Fusion 39 (13)
2011–2012 FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda 1 (0)
2012 Ventura County Fusion 6 (0)
2012 Cal FC
2012–2013 Atlanta Silverbacks 31 (5)
2014 San Antonio Scorpions 13 (1)
2014 Carolina RailHawks 10 (1)
National team
2006 United States U17 3 (1)
2007 United States U18 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 October 2015

Daniel Francisco "Danny" Barrera (born January 8, 1990) is a Colombian-born, American professional soccer player.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Born in Bogotá, Colombia,[1] Barrera moved to the United States at the age of eight, growing up in Thousand Oaks, California.[2] He developed his game in the United States both with the US Soccer residency program, followed by playing NCAA soccer with UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. He signed with the newly formed Ventura County Fusion where he played along his brother Diego in the PDL. While playing with Ventura County Fusion he become USL PDL Champion in 2009.[3]

However, Barrera has always held ambitions to play professionally in Europe early in his career to develop as a player. When he was younger, Barrera trained in England with Sheffield United and this is where his dream to play in Europe originated. After being named to the USL PDL All-League Team in 2011, on August 2011 he made a definite move to Europe by signing with Serbian top league side FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda after a successful trial.[4] He made his league debut for Spartak against Borac Čačak on December 10, 2011.[5][6]

Barrera returned to the United States in 2012, and recently has been playing with the amateur side Cal FC in the USASA-affiliated La Gran Liga de Oxnard based in Oxnard, California.[7] where he rejoined his brother Diego again.

On July 7 Barrera signed with Atlanta Silverbacks. He was the first signing of the new Silverbacks head coach Eric Wynalda who had just been appointed some days earlier and who admitted he had that wanted Barrera playing in his team since 2010 when he first saw Barrera in Santa Barbara.[8]

In August 2012, Barrera joined English Championship side Derby County on trial, where he featured in reserve pre-season friendlys against premier side Sunderland FC and Belper Town on 7 August.[9]

Barrera joined the San Antonio Scorpions ahead of the 2014 season.[10]

International[edit]

When he was 17 he was a member of the USA team at the 2007 Pan-American Games being the youngest player of the roster. He also represented United States at U17 and U18 levels.[2]

Personal[edit]

Danny's older brother, Diego Barrera, is also a professional soccer player.

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