Marcelo Saragosa

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Marcelo Saragosa
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Saragosa
Date of birth (1982-01-22) January 22, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Campo Grande, Brazil
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
0000–2003 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 São Paulo 3 (0)
2004 Los Angeles Galaxy (loan) 26 (0)
2005–2006 Los Angeles Galaxy 14 (1)
2006–2009 FC Dallas 54 (1)
2009–2010 Chivas USA 22 (0)
2012–2013 D.C. United 24 (1)
2015 Tampa Bay Rowdies 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 14, 2015.

Marcelo Saragosa (born January 22, 1982 in Campo Grande) is a Brazilian footballer.

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Saragosa began his career with Brazilian team São Paulo, having signed with their youth team at the age of 13. He was sent on loan to the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in 2004 where he started in 24 of 26 games for the Galaxy. He then returned to São Paulo, before being signed to a permanent deal by the Galaxy in August 2005.

After starting in 10 of the first 15 games of the 2006 season for the Galaxy, Saragosa was traded to FC Dallas on July 19, 2006 in exchange for a fourth round supplemental draft pick in 2007. 2007 was a season riddled with injuries; he suffered a sprained right medial collateral ligament on April 14, 2007 which kept him out four weeks and appeared in only 13 games for FC Dallas before having surgery to repair a torn meniscus on September 25, 2007.

In 2008, Saragosa appeared in 25 games for FC Dallas and scored the second goal of his MLS career on October 18, 2008 in a 3-1 loss versus Real Salt Lake. Shortly before the last game of the regular season, Saragosa had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on October 21, 2008. Saragosa was traded to Chivas USA in exchange for Atiba Harris on July 17, 2009. While with Chivas Saragosa appeared in 22 league matches.

After the 2010 MLS season Chivas USA declined Saragosa's contract option and Saragosa elected to participate in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Saragosa became a free agent in Major League Soccer when he was not selected in the Re-Entry draft. In November 2010, Saragosa's blog announced he was suffering from cancer.[1]

On February 16, 2012 it was announced that Saragosa had returned to Major League Soccer signing with D.C. United.[2] Saragosa's club option declined following the 2013 season.[3]

After taking 2014 off, Saragosa signed with North American Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies on February 3, 2015.[4] During an April 1 season kickoff event at the Mahaffey Theater, Saragosa was named captain of the 2015 Rowdies.[5] Saragosa was released by Tampa Bay in November 2015.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 31 October 2015[7][8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
LA Galaxy (loan) 2004 MLS 26 0 3 0 26 0
LA Galaxy 2005 MLS 4 1 2 0 6 1
2006 10 0 10 0
Total 14 1 - - 12 0 16 1
FC Dallas 2006 MLS 7 0 2 0 9 0
2007 13 0 13 0
2008 25 1 25 1
2009 9 0 0 0 9 0
Total 54 1 - - 2 0 56 1
Chivas USA 2009 MLS 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
2010 14 0 3 0 17 0
Total 22 0 3 0 - - 1 0 26 0
D.C. United 2012 MLS 16 1 2 1 4 0 22 2
2013 8 0 0 0 8 0
Total 24 1 2 1 - - - - 30 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2015 NASL 17 0 1 0 18 0
Career total 157 3 - - 12 0 169 3

Personal[edit]

Saragosa's best friend is Orlando City playmaker and fellow Brazilian Kaká. They each served as best man at the other's wedding.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

LA Galaxy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cancer de Seno...Marcelo Saragosa". marcelosaragosa.blogspot.co.uk (in Spanish). Marcelo Saragosa. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Saragosa acquired by United
  3. ^ "D.C. United declines options on three players". D.C. United. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rowdies Bolster Roster With Addition of Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa". Tampa Bay Rowdies. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Marcelo Saragosa Appointed Captain of the Tampa Bay Rowdies". Tampa Bay Rowdies. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.rowdiessoccer.com/news/2015/11/05/rowdies-announce-first-wave-of-roster-moves
  7. ^ "Marcelo Saragosa". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Marcelo Saragosa". mlssoccer.com. MLS. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  9. ^ http://worldcupway.blogspot.com/2007/05/ac-milan-or-liverpool.html

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