A Man of Many Championships

Posted: March 31, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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Nick Garcia brings a new meaning to the lyrics “All I do is win, win, win, no matter what.” This Indiana Alum truly has won on all platforms.

Starting in high school in Texas, Garcia won two TAPPS state high school championships. He was selected to the to the all-district, all-state, and all-tournament teams, and was named Gatorade’s National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. At the same time, he played with the Dallas Texans youth club, a prestigious soccer club in North Texas.

By bringing his talents to Indiana University, Garcia brought championships. He won consecutive NCAA Men’s Soccer championships with the IU soccer program in 1998 and 1999. These made his all-time championship record four total… As a sophomore in college.

Garcia then signed with Project-40 and the MLS in 2000. Project-40, then sponsored by Adidas, was a program that encouraged early entry for American soccer players to sign with the MLS without a college degree, but would give scholarships to students who wished to continue with college if their professional dreams and expectations were not fulfilled.

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Image Courtesy of Dallas Texans Soccer Club

Fortunately for Garcia, he was signed 2nd overall in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards.

As I’m sure you can assume by Garcia’s championship pattern, the Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000, the first year Garcia played with them, and won the US Open Cup in 2004. During his time in Kansas City, he played in or started approximately 200 games from 2000 to 2007. However, his luck and success would not carry over to his next team.

Garcia was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes for their return to the MLS in 2008, where he became team captain. Soon after he was traded to Toronto FC, where he ended up becoming a free agent.

Garcia’s career may have ended sooner than he would have liked, but he has won 6 championships, making him a champion despite the ending of his career.

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