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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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Before Jacob Peterson’s career at Indiana University, he had an astounding youth career.

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Photo Courtesy of soccerwire.com

Peterson led his youth club the Michigan Wolves to four state championships, two midwest championships, and to third place at nationals. He clearly proved his skill and ability and continued on to play for the Hoosiers from 2003-2005.

His career at IU was impressive in that he scored 30 goals in 71 appearances. During his time at Indiana he also played in the USL Premier Development League, playing for the Michigan Bucks in 2004 and Kalamazoo Kingdom in 2005.

The Colorado Rapids drafted Peterson in the second round, 21st overall, in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. He made over 100 appearances for the club between 2006 and 2009.

In 2010 he was traded to Toronto FC, where he debuted as a sub against the Philadelphia Union. After a bad first half of the 2011 season, he was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes. He remained with San Jose through 2011 until they did not renew his contract for the 2012 season.

This forced Peterson to enter to 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft, where he was not selected. Peterson then became a free agent.

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Photo Courtesy of Sporting Kansas City

It was on January 19, 2012 when Sporting Kansas City announced that they were going to sign the Hoosier. Peterson still plays for Kansas City.