San Antonio FC have signed 18-year-old local midfielder Diego Garcia, the club announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are excited to add a young local player in Diego to our roster,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “He first impressed the staff at the open tryouts in February, and then completed his commitment with Lonestar SC in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy. He has been training and impressing in first team practices and is now available for our upcoming matches. He is focused on getting better and is a skillful wide player who we feel has a bright future ahead of him.”
Garcia was originally identified by San Antonio FC during the 2016 USL San Antonio tryouts in February of this year. Following the conclusion of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy season in May, the South Texas native began training with San Antonio FC for several months prior to joining the roster.
"I'm really excited to be part of this great organization and to join these great teammates, soccer players and coaching staff,” said Garcia. “It's a great opportunity. Not many guys get the chance to play professional soccer right out of high school here in the United States, so it means a lot to me. I'm ready for it."
Originally from Kyle, Texas, Garcia played one season at Lehman High School before spending several years with U.S Soccer Developmental Academy clubs Lonestar SC in Austin, and the San Antonio Scorpions Academy in the Alamo City. During his one season with Lehman he was named Central Texas Newcomer of the Year, Lehman High School Offensive MVP, and earned First Team All-District, First Team All-Region and First Team All-State honors.
Garcia will be available for squad selection immediately and will wear number 79.
San Antonio FC returns to Toyota Field on Saturday, July 9 when they face OKC Energy FC at 7:30 p.m. to start a three-game homestand. Tickets to the match can be purchased at SanAntonioFC.com or by calling 210-444-5MLS.