Former MMFC standout Sam Garza has been named Interim Head Coach, taking the reigns from long time leader, John Gall.
Garza, had a plethora of awards during his time as a Marauder between 2005 and 2008. He was a varsity starter for four years, scoring both goals as a freshman in a 2-1 play-in game vs Plano to help secure a playoff spot for Marcus in 2005. He broke the school scoring record as a junior in 2007 with 26 goals, helping Marcus FC to it’s first ever State Title, a National Championship and an unreal, flawless 30-0-0 record.
“I cannot wait to get started. This program has been such a big part of my life and am so thankful for the opportunity of leading this incredible place”, beamed Garza.
In 2008, Garza, as captain, led the Marauders to Back-to-Back State Championships (making Marcus FC one of only three teams to do so in UIL Boys Soccer history), claiming the State Championship game MVP and Gatorade State Player of the Year, along with All-America and UIL All-Century team accolades.
“I am thrilled and so proud that Sam is taking my place. He was not just a superb player, but the complete player for me. He was ultra competitive, determined, passionate and a fantastic teammate. I will never forget him putting in that winning shootout (in the 2007 State Championship Game vs Plano West), exactly the way we worked on it for weeks prior. He was incredibly coachable and when you have your most talented player as the example for everyone else, it made our environment unstoppable, and we were”, said John Gall.
Garza represented the US Men’s National U20 Team and was drafted out of UC Santa Barbara as the 6th overall pick in the 1st round of the MLS Superdraft by the San Jose Earthquakes. He most recently played for Arizona United in the USL.
The Marauders head into the 2017 season in great shape with a tremendous senior class and a group of talented underclassmen. They will be looking to extend their amazing playoff steak to 26 years in a row – no matter the sport or the level, that is simply special!