A. J. DeLaGarza
DeLaGarza with the Galaxy in 2013
|Full name||Adolph Joseph DeLaGarza|
|Date of birth||November 4, 1987|
|Place of birth||Bryans Road, Maryland, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|2015||→ LA Galaxy II (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 23, 2015.
Youth and college
DeLaGarza was born in Bryans Road, Maryland to a Mexican-Guamanian father and a Native American mother. At the age of 12, DeLaGarza played for the DC United U-12 at the Danone Cup in France, under coach Dave Sarachan. He also played for Baltimore Casa Mia's Boys, where he won 2 USYSA National Championships. In high school, DeLaGarza played at Henry E. Lackey High School for head coach Gary Lesko in Indian Head, Maryland.
DeLaGarza played college soccer at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was named College Soccer News Second Team All-Freshman after helping Maryland win the National Championship in 2005, and was named in the College Cup All-Tournament Team, was a Second Team All-ACC selection, and was his team's Co-Most Valuable Defensive Player as he helped lead Maryland to the 2008 College Cup championship.
DeLaGarza was drafted in the second round (19th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Los Angeles Galaxy. He made his professional début on March 22, 2009, in Galaxy's first game of the 2009 MLS season against D.C. United. Following Sean Franklin's mid-season hamstring injury, DeLaGarza played many games at the right side of Galaxy's defense, ultimately clocking 1,754 minutes in his rookie season. On October 1, 2012 against Colorado, he went down with a serious injury in the 31st minute. In that match they managed to hold off Colorado in a 1-1 draw.
- "The MNT Blog". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
- http://web.mlsnet.com/scoreboard/game.jsp?match=03222009_DCLA[dead link]
- Serrano, Adam (August 27, 2013). "LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza commits to Guam as he looks to pursue his dream of international soccer". LA Galaxy Insider. Retrieved September 16, 2013.