Cruz playing for Houston Dynamo in 2010
|Full name||Daniel Arthur Quimby Cruz|
|Date of birth||January 3, 1990|
|Place of birth||Petersburg, Virginia, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|2008||Des Moines Menace||7||(3)|
|2015||→ Bodø/Glimt (loan)||15||(2)|
|2017||San Francisco Deltas||14||(1)|
|2007||United States U17||3||(0)|
|2008–2009||United States U20||16||(2)|
|2018||Real Monarchs (assistant)|
|2018–||Louisville City (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 21 October 2017 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 28, 2009
Youth and College
Cruz attended junior high in Rohnert Park, California, and then moved to Glendale, Arizona, where he attended Ironwood High School, where he led his team to a 2006 State Championship. He played two years of college soccer at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He was the first UNLV player to earn MPSF Newcomer of the Year honors in his freshman year in 2007 and was named to the all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team after scoring five goals in 2008.
Cruz was drafted in the third round (41st overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the Houston Dynamo. He made his professional debut on 28 March 2009, coming on as a substitute in Houston's game against the San Jose Earthquakes. He scored his first goal for the Dynamo against DC United, he also had an assist in that game. In the 2011 season, Cruz was a big part of the Houston Dynamo team and scored a stunning goal at the end of the season against the Portland Timbers to help Houston get into the playoffs. He started in all four playoff games, including Houston's 1–0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS Cup 2011.
Cruz represented the United States at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, the Pan American Games in Brazil in 2007, appeared in seven international games for the United States U-20 national team in 2008, and played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2009||Houston Dynamo||Major League Soccer||6||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|Norway||League||Cup||League Cup||Champions League||Total|
Updated July 12, 2015
- "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 22. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- http://web.mlsnet.com/scoreboard/game.jsp?match=03282009_HOUSJ[dead link]
- "Sergio Almiron's curler or Danny Cruz's screamer? - Vote for your goal of the week - Goal.com". 17 October 2011.
- http://www.dcunited.com/press-release/2012/01/danny-cruz-acquired-from-houston[dead link]
- "Philadelphia Union trade Lionard Pajoy to D.C. United".
- "Danny Cruz, Saalih Muhammad join the Deltas". Medium.com. February 15, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
- "Real Monarchs SLC name Danny Cruz Assistant Coach". Real Salt Lake. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- "Cruz, Chabala make reality show debuts". 7 February 2011.