Luchi Gonzalez

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Luchi Gonzalez
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-07-14) 14 July 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Hialeah, FL, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Playing position Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–01 SMU
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 San Jose Earthquakes 8 (0)
2003 Bodens BK ? (7)
2004 Sporting Cristal ? (5)
2005–06 Colorado Rapids 22 (2)
2007 Miami FC 26 (4)
2008 Minnesota Thunder 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 27, 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 July 2006

Luchi Gonzalez (born July 14, 1980) is an American former soccer forward.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Hialeah, Florida, Gonzalez played four years of college soccer at Southern Methodist University, emerging in 2001, his senior season, to win the Hermann Trophy as college soccer's best player.

Upon graduating, Gonzalez was drafted 6th overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes. Gonzalez failed to make a mark with the Earthquakes, however, playing only 47 minutes in his rookie season, and in the offseason, was acquired by the Columbus Crew. Gonzalez failed to make the Crew's roster, and left the United States for Sweden, where he signed with second division club Bodens BK. Gonzalez scored 8 goals and had 4 assists on his first season in Europe; along with Leighton O'Brien, Luchi was one of the most respected players in the squad.

He left Boden in late October 2003 and got back to USA. Gonzalez found a job with the major Peruvian Sporting Cristal, where he was acquired to be a backup striker. Although he has not played a prominent role with the club, Gonzalez has appeared in the prestigious Copa Libertadores tournament. He came back to MLS in 2005, signing with Colorado. Following the 2006 season, Gonzalez was waived by the Rapids, and signed for Miami FC in 2007. He was the Boys Soccer coach at Felix Varela High School. He won the state championship with Varela in 2008.

On March 17, 2009 Gonzalez officially announced his retirement from professional soccer in order to pursue a career in teaching Algebra at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida and also coach the boys varsity soccer team. Now he teaches Algebra at Gulliver Academy.[1] Gonzalez was also a coach for the Coral Gables Toros, taking the place of former coach, Greg Sheen. Luchi is now the coach for the Kendall u16 Academy and the head coach for Gulliver Prep. Luchi went a long way last year with Gulliver, making Regional Semi-Finals, losing to University. In April, 2012 he was offered to be the head coach of the u18 academy at FC Dallas.