Greg Garza

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Greg Garza
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Personal information
Full name Gregory Martin Garza Early
Date of birth (1991-08-16) August 16, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Grapevine, Texas, United States
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Left-Back
Club information
Current team
Atlanta United
(on loan from Tijuana)
Number 4
Youth career
2005–2006 São Paulo
2007–2008 Dallas Texans
2008–2010 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Estoril Praia 3 (0)
2012– Tijuana 66 (3)
2015 Atlas (loan) 3 (0)
2017– Atlanta United (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2011 United States U20 3 (0)
2014– United States 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 18, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 3, 2017

Gregory "Greg" Martin Garza Early (born August 16, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a fullback for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer and for the United States national team.

Club career[edit]

Estoril Praia[edit]

Garza spent several years with Sporting Clube de Portugal's under-19 team, but he was not offered a contract with the senior squad.[1] As a result, he moved to Estoril Praia on a two-year contract in August 2010.[2]

Club Tijuana[edit]

Garza signed with Mexican Primera División side Club Tijuana on December 21, 2011.[3] Garza made his debut coming in as a sub in minute 73 for Jose Sand against Monarcas Morelia in a 1-1 tied game. He scored the first goal of his career for the club on October 13, 2012 in a 2-2 draw at Santos Laguna.[4]

Atlanta United[edit]

In December 2016 it was announced that Garza had signed a one-year loan deal with newly formed side Atlanta United for the 2017 season.[5] Atlanta acquired Garza's MLS right from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

International career[edit]

Garza was announced as part of the United States senior squad for a friendly against the Czech Republic on September 3, 2014. His first senior international cap was recorded during the match, being subbed on in the 62nd minute. He was capped-tied to the USA national football team after his first competitive match in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Haiti, while starting and playing 67 minutes. But after the group stage he was traded out of the gold cup roster for DaMarcus Beasley as each team could make 6 changes if they advanced to the knockout round.

Personal[edit]

Garza was born and raised in Texas but holds a Mexican passport by way of his father who was born in Mexico.[6]

Honors[edit]

Tijuana[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barreira, Miguel (August 28, 2010). "Garza contratado". Jornal Record (in Portuguese). Cofina. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Leyden, Nick (August 31, 2010). "Garza Signs With GD Estoril-Praia". Yanks-Abroad.com. 
  3. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/12/21/gringo-report-garza-joins-ranks-club-tijuana
  4. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/10/14/american-exports-bornstein-plays-garza-gets-first-goal
  5. ^ "Atlanta United sign Greg Garza to one-year loan deal from Tijuana". ESPN FC. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Brian Sciaretta (December 22, 2011). "Garza excited for future in Tijuana". Yanks Abroad. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 

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