Nick Garcia

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Nick Garcia
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Personal information
Full name Nick Garcia
Date of birth (1979-04-09) April 9, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Plano, Texas, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1994–1998 Dallas Texans
1998–1999 Indiana Hoosiers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Kansas City Wizards 224 (1)
2008–2009 San Jose Earthquakes 36 (0)
2009–2010 Toronto FC 36 (0)
Total 296 (1)
National team
1995 United States U-17 2 (0)
1999 United States U-20 4 (0)
2003–2004 United States 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 4, 2010

Nick Garcia (born April 9, 1979 in Plano, Texas) is an American soccer player who grew up playing for the Dallas Texans Soccer Club and most recently played for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

As a junior and senior at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas, Nick won the TAPPS state boys soccer championship, the first and second in their history. He was also all-district, all-state and all-tournament. Garcia won the 1996–97 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award, as well, while starring for Dallas Texans youth club. Garcia played college soccer at Indiana University, leading Indiana to the consecutive national titles in 1998 and 1999, and was named All-American in his final season.

Professional[edit]

Garcia signed with Project-40 and MLS in 2000, and was drafted second overall (behind Steve Shak) in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards.

Garcia subsequently played in – and started – almost 200 games for the Wizards between 2000 and 2007. He helped the Wizards win the MLS Cup in 2000, and the US Open Cup in 2004.

He joined the San Jose Earthquakes as their captain upon their return to MLS in 2008. In early 2009 Garcia signed a multi-year contract with San Jose,[1] but was traded (along with the rights to Canadian international Ali Gerba) to Toronto FC on June 9, 2009 for a third round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.[2]

After the 2010 MLS season Toronto declined Garcia's contract option and he elected to participate in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Garcia became a free agent in Major League Soccer when he was not selected in the Re-Entry draft.

International[edit]

Garcia captained the US Under-20 national team at the World Youth Championship in Nigeria in 1999 and earned his first cap for the full national team on January 18, 2003, against Canada. So far, he has amassed six caps for the United States.

Personal life[edit]

Garcia is married to wife MeLinda. They welcomed their first child Cruz in early 2009.

Honors[edit]

Kansas City Wizards
Toronto FC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Diego Gutiérrez
Kansas City Wizards captain
2006
Succeeded by
Jimmy Conrad
Preceded by
Wade Barrett
San Jose Earthquakes captain
2008
Succeeded by
Ramiro Corrales