Miguel Gallardo

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Miguel Gallardo
Personal information
Full name Miguel Gallardo Aparicio
Date of birth (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Torreón, Mexico
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Jacksonville Armada
Number 1
Youth career
2000–2002 Tigres
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Austin Lightning 64 (0)
2008 Austin Aztex U23 13 (0)
2009–2010 Austin Aztex 43 (0)
2011–2014 Orlando City 81 (0)
2015– Jacksonville Armada 15 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 6, 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Miguel Gallardo Aparicio (born October 24, 1984) is a Mexican footballer who currently plays for Jacksonville Armada in the NASL.


Youth and amateur[edit]

Gallardo grew up in Round Rock, Texas, and attended Westwood High School. He played club soccer for the Longhorn Soccer Club and Austin Capitals Soccer Club. Instead of attending college, Gallardo returned to his native Mexico to train with the youth academy at Tigres of the Primera División de México.

Finding opportunities in Mexico limited, Gallardo returned to the United States in 2002, subsequently playing in the USL Premier Development League for Austin Lightning. He made 64 starts in his five years with Lightning,[1][2][3][4][5] before moving on to the Aztex junior team, Austin Aztex U23 in 2008,[6] where he was named PDL Goalkeeper of the Year.[7]


Gallardo was the first player signed by the USL First Division expansion franchise Austin Aztex. He made his professional debut on April 18, 2009, in Austin's USL1 season opener against Minnesota Thunder.[8] Prior to the 2011 season, new owners purchased the club, moved it to Orlando, Florida, renamed it Orlando City and joined the USL Pro league for 2011.

Orlando City signed Gallardo to a multi-year contract on 1 September 2011.[9] He was released upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, a casualty of the club's transition to Major League Soccer.[10]

Gallardo signed with NASL expansion club Jacksonville Armada on 21 October 2014, becoming the first player on the team's roster.[11]


Orlando City[edit]


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