Carlos García (footballer born 1981)
|Full name||Carlos Felipe García Domínguez|
|Date of birth||31 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Cali, Colombia|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1999–2003||William & Mary Tribe|
|2001–2003||Williamsburg Legacy PDL|
|2003–2004||Virginia Beach Mariners||37||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2010 (UTC).
García was born and raised in Colombia. He learned to play soccer at the Academia Tucamán in his hometown of Cali, Valle del Cauca. The club played at a very high level by local youth soccer standards. His long-time teammate and friend at Tucamán, Daniel Cruz, left the academy at 17 to join AFC Ajax in Amsterdam and now plays in the Belgian Pro league.
García came to the United States in 1999 via a soccer scholarship to The College of William and Mary. He was identified by William and Mary head coach Al Albert when his high school soccer team attended Albert's Tidewater Soccer Camp in Virginia. Carlos's physical style of play was well-suited for NCAA soccer.
García was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Region selection his last season playing for the William and Mary Tribe. He recorded nine goals and 11 assists his final year to lead the Tribe to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Carlos recorded 121 points throughout his William & Mary career and graduated in 2003.
García spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the professional outdoor team the Virginia Beach Mariners. He recorded five goals and nine assists in 25 games in 2004 and was named A-League Player of the Week on August 10. He ranked second in the A-League that season with nine assists to teammates.
On November 14, 2003, García scored a goal on the first shift of his first professional indoor soccer game. For the following eight seasons Carlos was an integral part of the highly successful Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team, which competed in the MISL. A rough player with an eye for goal, in the 2006–07 season, García ranked third among Blast players in points (42) and led the entire league in penalty minutes (27). He played in his 100th game for the Blast against the New Jersey Ironmen on February 16, 2008. Carlos was an integral part of the club's championship squads in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009.
García is known to friends and family simply as "Charlie".