Matt Luzunaris

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Matt Luzunaris
Matthew Luzunaris (FC Magna Wiener Neustadt).jpg
Personal information
Full name Matthew Luzunaris
Date of birth (1989-03-06) March 6, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Margate, Florida, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2007 UCF Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Schwanenstadt 9 (0)
2008–2009 Magna Wiener Neustadt 1 (0)
2009 SV Wienerberg (loan) 10 (5)
2009 Botafogo (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2010 Rapid Wien II 13 (1)
2011 San Jose Earthquakes 6 (0)
2011 Orlando City (loan) 1 (1)
2012 Orlando City 18 (9)
2012 Carolina RailHawks (loan) 2 (0)
2013–2014 Rochester Rhinos 12 (1)
Total 73 (17)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of January 12, 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Matt Luzunaris (born March 6, 1989) is an American retired soccer player. During the 2000s and 2010s he played for clubs in Austria and the United States.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Luzunaris was born on 9 March, 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1] He attended West Boca Raton High School and played youth club soccer for Boca Raton Juniors SC, Schulz Academy, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, and in the Olympic Development Program. Luzunaris had a brief stint training with Newcastle United in England, before attending and playing one year of college soccer at the University of Central Florida. Luzunaris was a member of the Boca Juniors team that won the FYSA State Cup in 2003.

Europe[edit]

Luzunaris turned professional after his freshman college year, and began his professional career by signing with SC Schwanenstadt in February 2008.[2] After Schwanenstadt reorganized he re-signed with the club under the Magna Wiener Neustadt moniker.[3] In early 2009 he was loaned to Brazilian club Botofogo, but he was unable to play for the club due to visa restrictions in Brazil;[4] he returned to Weiner Neustadt in June. He was then signed in July by SK Rapid Wien to a three year contract, where he played for the second team.[5]

United States[edit]

On March 25, 2011 Luzunaris was signed by the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer,[6] and he made his debut for the team on April 9 in a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC.[7] In July 2011, the Earthquakes loaned Luzunaris to Orlando City for an unspecified length[8] but with the right to recall. Luzunaris scored goals in his first two games playing for City against Rochester[9]

Luzunaris and San Jose parted ways after the 2011 season and signed with Orlando City on December 5, 2011.[10] Luzunaris appeared in 18 matches for the Lions scoring 9 goals and becoming the team's second leading goal scorer and USL PRO's 3rd leading goal scorer in the league. He also made USL PRO's team of the year.

Luzunaris announced his retirement on January 13, 2015.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Matt was engaged to Austen Everett (1986-2012), herself a college soccer player for Miami. She died after a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma on August 14, 2012.[12] Matt and Austen founded a foundation, the Austen Everett Foundation, to connect children challenged by life-threatening illnesses and professional, intercollegiate teams and athletes.[13]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Player Bio at University of Central Florida Knights official website