The Houston Dynamo have signed defender Kevin Garcia from USL hybrid affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC, the club announced September 6th. Garcia will join the Dynamo immediately and is eligible to suit up for matches.
Garcia, 26, was captain of Rio Grande Valley FC this year, their debut season in the USL. The Flushing, New York native appeared in 25 games for RGV FC, helping guide the expansion club to a league-record 760-minute shutout streak. The Toros have won five straight games and are unbeaten in 10 games, allowing one goal during that span, to climb to second place in the USL’s Western Conference (12-5-9; 45 points). RGV FC has conceded 22 goals this season, tied for the fewest in the West and tied for third overall in the 29-team USL.
“Kevin has been a key leader and consistent performer this season for our USL team RGV FC,” Dynamo VP/general manager Matt Jordan said. “He’s earned this opportunity with the First Team by demonstrating a hardworking and professional attitude on a day-to-day basis. We look forward to his continued growth with our Club.”
“It feels great,” Kevin said. “The last 4 years haven’t been the easiest, but that’s the grind you have to go through to prepare yourself for the next level.”
Garcia can play center back and left back and was selected in the third round of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by the New England Revolution. Before his professional career he played with the Long Island Rough Riders for 3 years with 34 appearances and was a member of the 2011 Eastern Conference Championship team. He signed with Swedish club IFK Luleå in 2013 and made 30 appearances in two seasons. He then bounced around in Europe for a bit before heading to Texas.
“The Long Island Rough Riders are a top PDL team and playing competitive soccer during the summers are crucial for a college player. I owe a lot to [former head coach] Paul Roderick and the Long Island Rough Riders for providing me with a quality atmosphere to develop in.” – Garcia
Garcia is the second player to move from Rio Grande Valley FC to the Dynamo on a full MLS contract, following MF Jose Escalante, who joined the Dynamo on August 3.
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