Matt Luzunaris

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Matt Luzunaris
Matthew Luzunaris (FC Magna Wiener Neustadt).jpg
Personal information
Full name Matthew Luzunaris
Date of birth (1989-03-06) March 6, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Margate, Florida, United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rochester Rhinos
Number 12
Youth career
2007 UCF Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Schwanenstadt 9 (0)
2008–2009 Magna Wiener Neustadt 1 (0)
2009 SV Wienerberg (loan) 10 (5)
2009 Botafogo (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2010 Rapid Wien II 13 (1)
2011 San Jose Earthquakes 6 (0)
2011 Orlando City (loan) 1 (1)
2012 Orlando City 18 (9)
2012 Carolina RailHawks (loan) 2 (0)
2013– Rochester Rhinos 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 10, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Matt Luzunaris (born March 6, 1989 in Margate, Florida) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Rochester Rhinos in the USL Professional Division.


Youth and college[edit]

Luzunaris attended West Boca Raton High School, played youth club soccer for Boca Raton Juniors SC, Schulz Academy, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, and the Olympic Development Program. Luzunaris had a brief stint training with Newcastle United in England, before attending and playing one year of college soccer at the University of Central Florida. Luzunaris was a member of the Boca Juniors team that won the FYSA State Cup in 2003.


Luzunaris turned professional after his freshman college year, and began his professional career by signing with SC Schwanenstadt in February 2008.[1] After Schwanenstadt reorganized he resigned with the club under the Magna Wiener Neustadt moniker.[2] In early 2009 he was loaned to Brazilian club Botofogo, but he was unable to play for the club due to visa restrictions in Brazil;[3] he returned to Weiner Neustadt in June. He was then signed in July by SK Rapid Wien to a three year contract, where he played for the second team.[4]

United States[edit]

On March 25, 2011 Luzunaris was signed by the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer,[5] and he made his debut for the team on April 9 in a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC.[6] In July 2011, the Earthquakes loaned Luzunaris to Orlando City for an unspecified length[7] but with the right to recall. Luzunaris scored goals in his first two games playing for City against Rochester[8]

Luzunaris and San Jose parted ways after the 2011 season and signed with Orlando City on December 5, 2011.[9] Luzunaris appeared in 18 matches for the Lions scoring 9 goals and becoming the team's second leading goal scorer and USL PRO's 3rd leading goal scorer in the league. He also made USL PRO's team of the year.

Personal life[edit]

Matt was engaged to Austen Everett (1986-2012), herself a college soccer player for Miami. She died after a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma on August 14, 2012.[10] Matt and Austen founded a foundation, the Austen Everett Foundation, to connect children challenged by life-threatening illnesses and professional, intercollegiate teams and athletes.[11]


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