17 - Sam Garza
Sam Garza
Birth Date: 10/17/1989
Height: 5-11
Weight: 160
Year: Junior
Hometown: Highland Village, Texas
High School: Edward S. Marcus HS
Previous College: Denver
Position: Forward
Honors : University of Denver

UC SANTA BARBARA
2011 ALL-FAR WEST REGION SECOND TEAM
2011 ALL-BIG WEST FIRST TEAM
2011:
Garza was tied second on the team with 20 points (eight goals, four assists)…Led the team with 80 shots, which ranks fifth all-time in the UCSB single season records…Had three game-winning goals during the season, including an overtime strike against UC Davis (Oct. 8)…The forward was awarded with All-Far West Region Second Team and All-Big West First Team honors…His 157 career shots rank ninth in the program’s all time top-10…He signed a Generation adidas contract and was picked in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft’s First Round by the San Jose Earthquakes. 

2010 BIG WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
2010 FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG WEST
2010 NSCAA DIVISION I FAR WEST ALL-REGION FIRST TEAM
2010 TopDrawerSoccer.com THIRD TEAM
2010: Played in 21 games, starting 19 for the Gauchos…Led the team with nine goals and 24 points…He was the first underclassman to lead UCSB in goals since 1999 and in points since 1995…Led the Big West in shots (77), shots per game (3.67) and points (24)…Ranked second in the conference in points per game (1.14) and goals (9) and was third in goals per game (0.43) and assists (6)…Was sixth in the BWC in assists per game (0.29)…Ranks seventh in the UCSB record books for shots in a season (77)…Nationally, he ranked 64th in points per game (1.14), 44th in total points (24), 68th in goals per game (0.43) and 71st in total assists…Became the 24th Gaucho to record a hat trick and the posted the 28th hat trick in Big West history against Cal State Northridge (Oct. 23)…Five of his nine goals and two of his assists came during conference play…First goal of the season was in a 1-1 draw at New Mexico (Sept. 4)…Posted a goal and an assist in a 2-2 tie with Davidson (Sept. 10)…Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Lobo Classic after posting an assist against Harvard (Sept. 17) and a goal and an assist against Buffalo (Sept. 19) at the tourney…Had three consecutive games with a goal: Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 6), Cal Poly (Oct. 12) and Duke (Oct. 15)…Was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News National Teams of the Week on Oct. 25 after his hat trick performance against Cal State Northridge…Assisted goals against Cal Poly on Oct. 27 and Oct. 10. 

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
Named the 2008 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year and was a Second Team All-MPSF pick...Also earned College Soccer News Freshman Third Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Rookie Second Team accolades...Tallied four goals and four assists and led the Pioneers with 31 shots on goal as a freshman...Missed the 2009 season due to an injury.

NATIONAL
Has played with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team with which he was a finalist at the 2009 U-20 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in Trinidad and Tobago...Played against El Savador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Jamaica...Also traveled to Egypt and Argentina with the team in 2009...His first cap was against the U-20 Haiti National Team in 2008 and his second was against the U-20 Canadian National Team; he scored in the 1-0 win...Was invited to the U-20 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt but could not attend due to an injury...Played with the North Texas 89 State Olympic Development Team from 2004-07 and the Region III 89 ODP team from 2005-07...In 2005 he played in the ODP Interregional Event in Austin, Texas and played on the Disney Showcase Super Group Region III Team with which he played against the USA U-17 team, Japanese National Team, French National Team and the Region II Team...Scored the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the U-17 French team...In 2007, he attended the ODP Interregional Event in Chula Vista, Calif....Also played in the 2007 Mexico Soccer Festival in Guadalajara and faced CD Guadalajara, Tecos and Atlas...Chosen as one of the top-150 players in the U.S. and invited to the 2007 Adidas ESP Camp in Pomona, Calif....In 2008, he traveled to Rio de Janiero, Brazil with the Region III 90/89 team and played against Botafogo FC, Fluminese, Flamengo and Portuguesa...The team posted a 3-0-1 record and tied Flamengo, the best youth team in Brazil.

CLUB
Played for the Dallas Comets SC 90 and the Dallas Solar SC 90 which were the 2007 Score at the Shore U-18 Champion, the 2007 Classic League U-19 runners-up, the 2007 Region III West Premier League U-19 runners-up and a 2008 Dallas Cup U-19 quarterfinalist...With the Comets, he went on a tour of Germany in 2003 and played against Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen...In 2005, he traveled to Argentina to take-on River Plate, Quilmes and San Lorenzo...He scored both goals in a 2-2 tie with River Plate...Won the 2006 Disney Champions Copa Bracket and was a Gold Division finalist at the 2006 Surf Cup in San Diego, Calif....Was a semifinalist the same year at the North American Memorial Day Cup...In 2004, he was a Region III Champion at the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup Tournament...In 2003, he was a Gold Division finalist at the Plano Labor Day Invitational XXIII, one year after becoming a semifinalist at the same tournament...Was a semifinalist at the 2002 Dallas Cup XXII.

HIGH SCHOOL
Was a four-year starter at Edward S. Marcus High School...Earned NSCAA High School All-American honors as a senior...Named the 2008 Texas State Tournament MVP after leading the Marauders to back-to-back state championships...Was the 2007-08 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year after being named a runner-up one year prior...Also a two-time RISE Magazine All-Area Team selection that was named the No. 22 recruit in the nation by the publication coming out of high school...Additionally named a District 6-5A First Team selection and the 2008 Dallas Morning News Player of the Year in his final high school season...As a junior, he was named the District 6-5A Offensive Player of the Year after leading Marcus HS to a 30-0-0 record, scoring the winning dribble up in the State Championship game and tallying a school-record 26 goals...Was a 2007 Dallas Morning News First Team All-Area selection...As a sophomore he was named First Team All-District 8-5A and was a TASCO All-State candidate...As a freshman, he was named the District 8-5A Newcomer of the Year and earned Dallas Morning News Player of the Week honors...Was a two-time TASCO First Team All-Region forward...Scored 58 goals and dished out 34 assists during his prep career...Was a member of Mu Alfa Theta (the math club).

PERSONAL
Samuel Cruz Garza was born on October 17, 1989 in Carollton, Texas...Parents are Israel and Sue Garza...Has an older sister, Libby Rodriguez, who is married to Frankie Rodriguez...Has a niece, Gabriella Rodriguez...Is majoring in sociology...Aspires to play soccer professionally...When he is not playing soccer, he enjoys drawing, watching TV and movies, listening to music or hanging out with friends...He can't do without his phone, family, God or his friends...Can best be described as "goofy"...Enjoys searching for gold on the beach in his spare time...Would love to play with FC Barcelona, his favorite team...David Villa is his favorite athlete...Enjoys watching "Lost."