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2012 MLS Superdraft Targets: Sam Garza

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This is the first of a series of profiles on potential players I think FC Dallas could be targeting in the Superdraft. I may or may not do a bunch of these, we'll see.


The first guy we're going to take a look at is a Generation Adidas signing and a local product, Sam Garza. Playing his club ball at Solar, Garza was a part of the insanely talented 2007-2008 Flower Mound Marcus team that won back to back state championships with Garza named the state tournament MVP.

Garza originally went to Denver University tallying 4 goals and 4 assists in 19 games to be named MPSF newcomer of the year. After an ACL injury suffered in his first game of 2009, Garza transferred to powerhouse UCSB where he took off in 2010 scoring 9 goals and 6 assists in 21 games to be named Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year. In 2011, he tallied 8 goals and 4 assists on a stacked UCSB side that lost in the Big West Tournament Championship game and was eliminated in the NCAA Tournament Third Round at Creighton.

His Game

Garza may have the best right foot in this year's college draft class. Whether playing on the right flank, the left or up top, his right peg is super dangerous as you'll see in the videos. He's a major threat from outside of the box and loves to cut onto his right and let one rip. Whoever drafts him in 2012 should get instant offense off the bench from the young Texan.

Keep reading for video including some amazing goals, pros and cons

In Action

Garza's brilliant goal against Cal Poly( goal begins at :12)

Goal against Westmont (:15)

2010 goal vs Cal State closely, he hits it with the outside of his right boot(:18)

2010 goal vs Cal Poly....another bomb with his right root(:05)

2011 Garza with two goals vs Cal State Fullerton

Assist on Opoku goal (:35)

Garza Goal vs UC Riverside(:35)

In The Media

US Soccer: Get to know Sam Garza

Travis Clark: Q&A with Sam Garza

Travis Clark: 5 Things to Know About Sam Garza


His right foot should score some goals in MLS. He's going to be instant offense for whatever team takes him and should score some late winners. He's a local kid who seems very comfortable with the media and would probably become an instant fan favorite. His Generation Adidas contract will not count against the salary cap.


Does he do enough work on the defensive side of things for Schellas Hyndman? Will he ever be a starting quality winger in MLS or simply an offensive spark off the bench? He has played around some fantastic offensive players at UCSB, if he was the focus of a defense does he have the skill to take on multiple defenders? Will he even make it to #11?

Odds of going to Dallas

He certainly fits a need and is a local guy. He played 3 years of college, all exceptional seasons and is on a GA contract. If he is available at #11, he's got to be one of the top 5 guys on Dallas' list.

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