Arizona United Soccer Club today announced that they have signed former San Jose Earthquakes forward Sam Garza, pending USL PRO and USSF approval.
"Sam is a dynamic, explosive attacking player who will bring a good energy to our group,” Arizona United head coach Michael Dellorusso said in a statement from the club.
Garza, a former Generation Adidas forward, was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. The 24-year-old Garza appeared in 12 matches for
San Jose during his three-year stint with the Quakes and appeared in two matches for the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League while on loan in 2014.
Hailing from Carrollton, Texas, Garza played collegiately at the University of Denver in 2008 and scored four goals with four assists in 19 appearances before transferring to the University of California-Santa
Barbara. At UCSB, he scored 17 goals and recorded 10 assists in 44 appearances from 2010-11. Garza has represented the United States at the U-20 level and helped the squad qualify for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World
Cup. In 2008, he appeared in seven qualifying matches and scored a goal against Canada.
Garza may well be back in Northern California when Arizona United take on Sacramento Republic FC, who have been regularly drawing crowds of 20,000, in a USL PRO regular season game on August 2.