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GREG GARZA
Mexico Tijuana (Primera Division)
#24 | Defender
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
August 16, 1991 (Age: 23)
Grapevine, TX
5' 7", 155 lbs (1.7 m, 70 kg)
0/0
GP
21
S
12
M
1,079
G
0
A
1
YC
1
RC
0
OG
0
Club Career

Garza's career path is unusual for an American. At the age of 13, he moved to Brazil where he joined So Paulo's youth team. Several years later, the left-footer returned to the US and continued his development with the Dallas Texans.

In the summer of 2008, Garza signed a youth contract with Sporting CP, one of the three giants of Portuguese soccer. In Sporting's academy, he was converted from a left midfielder to a left back.

Prior to the '10-11 season, Sporting declined to offer Garza a professional contract. The young defender promptly signed on with Estoril-Praia, where joined fellow Yanks Tony Taylor and Bryan Arguez.

In January 2012, Garza moved across the Atlantic, signing with Club Tijuana.

International Career

Garza has been active in US youth programs. He was a member of the 2007 U-17 World Cup squad and a member of the ill-fated 2011 U-20 team.

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