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Nick Garcia
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Personal information
Full name Nick Garcia
Date of birth April 9, 1979 (1979-04-09) (age 30)
Place of birth Plano, Texas, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Toronto FC
Number 4
Youth career
1997–1998 Dallas Texans
1998–1999 Indiana Hoosiers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Kansas City Wizards 224 (1)
2008–2009 San Jose Earthquakes 36 (0)
2009– Toronto FC 13 (0)
National team
2003–2006 United States 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 March, 2009

Nick Garcia (born April 9, 1979 in Plano, Texas) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.

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Career

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Youth and College

As a senior at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas, Garcia won the 1996-97 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award. Garcia played college soccer at Indiana University, leading Indiana to the consecutive national titles in 1998 and 1999, and was named All-American in his final season.

Professional

Garcia signed with Project-40 and MLS in 2000, and was drafted second overall (behind Steve Shak) in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards.

Garcia subsequently played in - and started - almost 200 games for the Wizards between 2000 and 2007. He helped the Wizards win the MLS Cup in 2000, and the US Open Cup in 2004.

He joined the San Jose Earthquakes as their captain upon their return to MLS in 2008. In early 2009 Garcia signed a multi-year contact with San Jose, but was traded (along with the rights to Canadian international Ali Gerba) to Toronto FC on June 9, 2009 for a 3rd round pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.[1]

International

Garcia captained the US Under-20 national team at the World Youth Championship in Nigeria in 1999 and earned his first cap for the full national team on February 12, 2003, against Jamaica. So far, he has amassed six caps for the United States.

Personal Life

Garcia is married to wife Melinda. They welcomed their first child Cruz in early 2009.

Honours

Toronto FC

See also

References

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