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Austin da Luz (born October 9, 1987 in San Diego, California) is an American soccer player for North Carolina FC of the USL Championship.

Austin da Luz
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Da Luz with the New York Red Bulls in 2010
Personal information
Full name Austin da Luz
Date of birth (1987-10-09) October 9, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
North Carolina FC
Number 6
Youth career
2006−2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Austin Aztex U23 6 (3)
2010−2011 New York Red Bulls 7 (1)
2011 D.C. United 14 (0)
2012−2013 Carolina RailHawks 35 (5)
2014 Orlando City 18 (5)
2014− North Carolina FC 107 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:21, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

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CareerEdit

Youth and collegeEdit

Da Luz attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School Soccer Academy in Austin, Texas,[1] where he was exposed to high levels of intensive training and competition on a regular basis and was able to travel and participate in international tournament play. Da Luz played college soccer at Wake Forest University from 2006 to 2009 where he appeared in 80 games scoring 13 goals and adding 39 assists. He was a member of Wake Forest's 2007 NCAA College Cup Championship team.

During his college years da Luz also played for Austin Aztex U23 in the USL Premier Development League.[2]

ProfessionalEdit

Da Luz was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls.[3] In the semi-finals of the pre-season 2010 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, da Luz scored the winning goal in the penalty kick shoot-out against the Houston Dynamo, topping off the score at 6-5 and helping the New York Red Bulls reach the final.[4]

He made his professional debut on April 27, 2010 in a U.S. Open Cup game against Philadelphia Union,[5] and made his MLS debut against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 28, 2011.[6] On June 19, 2011 da Luz scored his first goal for New York and assisted on a Thierry Henry goal in a 3-3 draw with Portland Timbers.[7]

On July 18, 2011, da Luz was traded to D.C. United for use of an international roster slot for the remainder of 2011.[8]

Da Luz signed with NASL club Carolina RailHawks on April 4, 2012 and stayed with the club for two seasons. In 2014, he signed with USL Pro side Orlando City. He was released upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, a casualty of the Orlando City's transition to Major League Soccer.[9] He re-signed with Carolina RailHawks after his release by Orlando City.[10]

Da Luz is a regular guest on the popular podcast Raleigh City Sports. He holds the title of "Resident Tough Guy".[11]

On August 13, 2019, da Luz announced he would retire at the end of the 2019 USL Championship season.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

As of March 9, 2019
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New York Red Bulls 2010 Major League Soccer 0 0 1 0 1 0
2011 7 1 2 0 9 1
Totals 7 1 3 0 0 0 10 1
D.C. United 2011 Major League Soccer 14 0 0 0 14 0
Carolina RailHawks 2012 North American Soccer League 19 1 2 0 21 1
2013 17 4 3 1 20 5
Totals 36 5 5 1 0 0 41 6
Orlando City 2014 USL Pro 19 5 2 1 21 6
North Carolina FC 2014 North American Soccer League 6 0 0 0 6 0
2015 20 2 0 0 20 2
2016 30 5 2 0 32 5
2017 27 2 2 0 29 2
2018 USL Championship 31 5 3 1 34 6
2019 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 115 14 7 1 0 0 122 15
Career totals 191 25 17 3 0 0 208 28

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2010-02-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-05-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "2010 MLS SuperDraft".
  4. ^ 2010 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic
  5. ^ "USOC: Chinn's brace leads Red Bulls over Union 2-1". 27 April 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2011-05-28-vancouver-whitecaps-fc-vs-new-york-red-bulls/recap
  7. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2011-06-19-portland-timbers-vs-new-york-red-bulls/recap
  8. ^ "D.C. United acquires Austin da Luz from New York". D.C. United. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  9. ^ Radcliffe, Jeff (16 September 2014). "13 Orlando City players released as part of Major League Soccer transition". Bright House Sports Network. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  10. ^ "RailHawks Announce Re-signing of Midfielder Austin da Luz".
  11. ^ http://raleighcitysports.com/2017/12/19/ep-34-austin-da-luz-panthers-for-sale-canes/
  12. ^ "NCFC Captain da Luz to Retire Following 2019 Season". USLChampionship.com. August 13, 2019.

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