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.

Career[edit]

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.

Europe[edit]

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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