|Full name||Scott Thomas Palguta|
|Date of birth||August 23, 1982|
|Place of birth||Toms River, New Jersey, United States|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2001–2004||Cornell Big Red|
|2002–2004||Cape Cod Crusaders||75||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 31, 2012.
Scott Thomas Palguta (born August 23, 1982) was named the head men's soccer coach at Colorado College on February 6, 2015. He is a former American soccer player who most recently played for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.
Youth and College
Born in Toms River, New Jersey, Palguta graduated from Monsignor Donovan High School in 2001 where he lettered for four years in soccer, basketball (shooting guard 17ppg) and track (miler and hurdler). In his senior year, he was named the team MVP in all three sports and was awarded the NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete Award. Palguta graduated ninth in his class and was highly recruited by several NCAA soccer programs.
Palguta played with the New Jersey ODP (Olympic Development Program) from 1994 to 2002 including the Region I Team from 1999 to 2002. The ODP competition took him to Morocco, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Belgium. During the later years, he was moved from the midfield to the backfield due to his size and speed. He was an Adidas ESP Nominee in 2000 and was named an Adidas All-American in 2001.
Palguta played college soccer at Cornell University from 2001 to 2004 under the tutelage of head coach Bryan Scales. He was named to the All-Ivy Team twice, once as a freshman and again as a senior. Palguta led the team in scoring as a junior and was named Captain in his final year. Already a professional soccer player commuting daily between Rochester and Ithaca, New York, he graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Hotel Administration.
Palguta also played for the Cape Cod Crusaders of the USL Premier Development League from 2002 to 2004. He won back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003 and tallied the game-winning assist in the 2003 contest. He was named Captain and led the team to the national semifinal game in 2004.
Palguta was drafted by the Rochester Raging Rhinos in March 2005 in the second round of the USL First Division College Draft. With the help of his agent, David-Ross Williamson, he signed his first professional contract as a college senior. Despite the difficult task of balancing professional soccer with his studies at Cornell, Palguta impressed former Rhinos Head Coach Laurie Calloway during his rookie pre-season and immediately earned a starting position at left back. He scored his first professional goal against the MetroStars on August 3, 2005 during the Third Round of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Palguta was the unanimous choice for "Rookie of the Year" honors in 2005, led all players in minutes played in 2006 and 2007, received All-League honors in 2008 and was named to the USL 1st Division Team Of The Week nine times in his brief USL career.
Palguta was drafted by the New Jersey Ironmen as their second pick in the second round of the 2007 Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Draft held on July 12, 2007. He passed on the opportunity, however, and opted to play with the New York Red Bulls' Reserve Division for the remainder of the season.
Palguta came close to breaking into Major League Soccer (MLS) twice before. He was a trialist in 2007 with Real Salt Lake and was the last player cut prior to the start of the season. In 2008, he accepted an invitation to join the Red Bulls as a trialist; however, despite being offered a contract, the Rhinos refused to negotiate a transfer and Palguta was forced to return to Rochester for the 2008 season.
After some pre-season training with New York in 2009, Palguta returned to Rochester to prepare for the upcoming season. Less than 24 hours later, however, Colorado Rapids called and Palguta was en route to Denver. With only four days remaining to opt out of his USL-1 contract, and having been claimed as a Discovery Player by Colorado, Palguta signed with Rapids on March 11, 2009.
Palguta was a member of the Rapids team that won MLS Cup by defeating FC Dallas 2-1 on November 21, 2010 at BMO Field, Toronto,Canada He was released by Colorado on November 16, 2012. but opted out of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft after accepting the position of Assistant Mens Soccer Coach at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.
Cape Cod Crusaders
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- "Cape Cod Crusaders Alumni". Mpsbr.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05.[dead link]
- "Palguta and Menyongar Receive League Honors". Rochester Rhinos. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-05.[dead link]
- "2008 MISL College Draft". Misl.net. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2009-04-05.[dead link]
- Weise, James (2007-02-05). "PALGUTA WEARING #14 FOR REAL SALT LAKE". Rochesterlancers.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05.[dead link]
- "CAN A RHINO BECOME A BULL? Palguta gives it his best shot". Bigapplesoccer.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- "Done deal: Palguta signs with Rapids". Devo's Direct Kicks. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-04-05.