Carlos Gruezo (footballer, born 1995)

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Carlos Gruezo
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Gruezo with Ecuador in 2015
Personal information
Full name Carlos Armando Gruezo Arboleda
Date of birth (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Santo Domingo, Ecuador
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Augsburg
Number 8
Youth career
Unión Deportiva Juvenil
2008 LDU Quito
2009 Defensor Sporting
2010 Independiente DV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Independiente DV 4 (0)
2012–2014 Barcelona SC 77 (3)
2014–2016 VfB Stuttgart 18 (1)
2016–2019 FC Dallas 98 (3)
2019– FC Augsburg 31 (0)
National team
2011 Ecuador U17 13 (1)
2013 Ecuador U20 9 (0)
2014– Ecuador 31 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2019 (UTC)

Carlos Armando Gruezo Arboleda (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾlos ˈɣɾweso]; born 19 April 1995) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club FC Augsburg and the Ecuador national team. He is the son of Carlos Armando Gruezo Quiñónez.[1]

He is described by FIFA's official website as "a technically adept holding midfielder and a precise passer of the ball".[2]

Club career[edit]

He began his career with Independiente del Valle before joining Ecuadorian club Barcelona SC.[2]

Gruezo went on trial for VfB Stuttgart in their pre season friendlies in South Africa.[3] On 30 January 2014, he signed a four-year contract with Stuttgart.[4] He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–1 victory over Freiburg on 28 November 2014, becoming the first Ecuadorian to score in the Bundesliga.[5] In 2015 however, he lost his spot in the starting lineup and only had a few more appearances for Stuttgart.

He moved to FC Dallas on 23 January 2016.[6]

On 2 July 2019, Gruezo returned to Germany, joining FC Augsburg on a five-year-deal.[7]

International career[edit]

He played for Ecuador at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup and at the 2013 South American Youth Championship.

Gruezo made his debut for the Ecuador national football team on 17 May 2014, coming in as a second-half substitute for Christian Noboa against the Netherlands. On 6 June, he was named in Ecuador's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[8]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Ecuador's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 November 2020 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia 3–2 3–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

In February 2019, Gruezo obtained a U.S. green card, which qualified him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 March 2019[10]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Independiente 2011 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Barcelona 2012 39 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 40 1
2013 38 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 41 2
VfB Stuttgart 2013–14 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2014–15 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
FC Dallas 2016 27 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 29 0
2017 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2018 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 2
2019 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 186 6 0 0 4 0 2 0 192 6

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona S.C.

FC Dallas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El debut de Gruezo emocionó a su padre". El Comercio.
  2. ^ a b "Carlos GRUEZO". FIFA. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Gruezo makes the move to VfB". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. January 30, 2014. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "STUTTGART RISE ON STEVENS' RETURN". bundesliga.com. 28 November 2014. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Carlos Gruezo wechselt in die USA" [Carlos Gruezo goes to the USA]. vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 23 January 2016. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  7. ^ "FCA verpflichtet Gruezo" (in German). FC Augsburg. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Ecuador squad for 2014 World Cup: the 23 chosen by Reinaldo Rueda". The Guardian. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  9. ^ Carrick, Buzz; USA, Dallas News (6 March 2019). "FC Dallas Practice Observations: March 6th".
  10. ^ Carlos Gruezo at Soccerway

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