Austin da Luz

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Austin da Luz
Austin da Luz Army vs NY Red Bulls-TWG-076.jpg
Da Luz with the New York Red Bulls in 2010
Personal information
Full name Austin da Luz
Date of birth (1987-10-09) October 9, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
North Carolina FC
Number 6
Youth career
2006−2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Austin Aztex U23 6 (3)
2010−2011 New York Red Bulls 7 (1)
2011 D.C. United 14 (0)
2012−2013 Carolina RailHawks 35 (5)
2014 Orlando City 18 (5)
2014− North Carolina FC 56 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 6, 2016.

Austin da Luz (born October 9, 1987 in San Diego, California) is an American soccer player for North Carolina FC of the North American Soccer League.


Youth and college[edit]

Da Luz attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School Soccer Academy in Austin, Texas,[1] where he was exposed to high levels of intensive training and competition on a regular basis and was able to travel and participate in international tournament play. Da Luz played college soccer at Wake Forest University from 2006 to 2009 where he appeared in 80 games scoring 13 goals and adding 39 assists. He was a member of Wake Forest's 2007 NCAA College Cup Championship team.

During his college years da Luz also played for Austin Aztex U23 in the USL Premier Development League.[2]


Da Luz was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls.[3] In the semi-finals of the pre-season 2010 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, da Luz scored the winning goal in the penalty kick shoot-out against the Houston Dynamo, topping off the score at 6-5 and helping the New York Red Bulls reach the final.[4]

He made his professional debut on April 27, 2010 in a U.S. Open Cup game against Philadelphia Union,[5] and made his MLS debut against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 28, 2011.[6] On June 19, 2011 da Luz scored his first goal for New York and assisted on a Thierry Henry goal in a 3-3 draw with Portland Timbers.[7]

On July 18, 2011, da Luz was traded to D.C. United for use of an international roster slot for the remainder of 2011.[8]

Da Luz signed with NASL club Carolina RailHawks on April 4, 2012 and stayed with the club for two seasons. In 2014, he signed with USL Pro side Orlando City. He was released upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, a casualty of the Orlando City's transition to Major League Soccer.[9] He re-signed with Carolina RailHawks after his release by Orlando City.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

All-time club performance
Club Season United States Major League Soccer US Open Cup MLS Cup CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
New York Red Bulls
2010 - - 2 0 - - - - 2 0
2011 7 1 2 0 - - 9 1
Club Total 7 1 4 0 - - - - 11 1


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