Jerry Laterza

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Jerry Laterza
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Laterza
Date of birth (1974-07-01) July 1, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1992 SMU Mustangs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Veracruz
1993 Los Angeles Salsa 4 (0)
1994–1995 Cerro Porteño
1997 Orange County Zodiac
1997 LA Galaxy 4 (0)
1997 Carolina Dynamo (loan) 1 (0)
1998 Seattle Sounders 2 (0)
1998 Qianwei Huandao
1999 Shenyang Haishi
1999 Kitchee
1999 South China (loan)
1999–2000 South China
2002 Guangzhou Xiangxue
2003 Ningbo Yaoma
2003–2004 Buler Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gerardo "Jerry" Laterza is a retired Paraguayan American soccer player. He is the technical director of Newport Mesa Soccer Club.[1] He was the first Paraguayan American to play football in Paraguay.


Laterza graduated from Walnut High School where he was the 1990 and 1992 California Interscholastic Federation 1-A Player of the Year.[2] Laterza attended Southern Methodist University, playing on the men's soccer team in 1992.[3] On April 3, 1993, Laterza signed with the Los Angeles Salsa of the American Professional Soccer League.[4][5] In 1997, Laterza began the season with the Orange County Zodiac. In July 1997, the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer signed Laterza.[6] He played four games for the Galaxy in 1997, plus one game on loan to the Carolina Dynamo.[7] The Galaxy released him on April 1, 1998 during a pre-season roster reduction. On April 10, 1998, Laterza signed with the Seattle Sounders of the USL A-League.[8] He played two games, then was released on April 22.[9] He then played for several clubs, including South China AA, and various teams in Hong Kong, China[10] and Paraguay. While in Hong Kong, he was selected to play for Hong Kong League XI, featuring in one of the matches against Paraguay.


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