2012: MLS: DNP vs. NE on 3/10, vs. HOU on 3/17, at TFC on 3/24, at SEA on 3/31 and vs. VAN on 4/7 … Made the 18-player game roster for the first time in his pro career at NY on 4/14 … Made MLS debut vs. RSL on 4/21, coming on as a substitute for the final eight minutes … Was on the bench but DNP at PHI on 4/28, vs. DC on 5/2 and at VAN on 5/5 … Came on for the final 30 minutes vs. CHV on 5/13, providing his first MLS assist on Alan Gordon’s 88th-minute equalizer with a left-sided, left-footed, near-post cross … Came on for the final 34 minutes vs. CLB on 5/19 … DNP at LA on 5/23 and at SKC on 5/27 … DNP at COL on 6/20, at RSL on 6/23, and vs. LA on 6/30, at POR on 7/3, at FCD on 7/7, vs. RSL on 7/14, vs. FCD on 7/18, at VAN 7/22 due to fractured ribs … Came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute vs. CHI on 7/28 … DNP vs. SEA on 8/11, at MTL on 8/18 … Played one minute vs COL on 8/25 … DNP vs. CHV on 9/2, at COL on 10/6, vs. LA on 10/21 … Came on as a substitute in the 80th minute at POR on 10/27 …Reserves: Played 90 minutes vs. POR on 3/27 … Played 90 minutes vs. VAN on 4/8 and assisted on the Quakes’ lone goal in the 77th minute … Played 90 minutes at LA on 5/8 … Started and played 57 minutes vs. CHV on 5/14 … Started and played 90 minutes at CHV on 6/8 and assisted on Shea Salinas’ goal in the 82nd minute … Started and played 83 minutes vs. SEA on 8/12, scoring his first career Reserve League goal in the 57th minute, a game winner … Started and played all 90 minutes at POR on 8/27, recording two assists in the 50th and 89th minute, respectively … Started and played all 90 minutes vs. LA on 9/2 …Open Cup: Started and played 90 minutes vs. FTL on 5/29, scoring two goals … Started and played 65 minutes vs. MIN on 6/6 … Exhibition: Started and played 62 minutes vs. SC on 7/31.
College: Two-time All-Far West Region and two-time All-Big West Conference First Team honoree … 2011: NCAA Division I All-Far West Second Team selection by the NSCAA … All-Big West First Team pick … Appeared in all 23 matches, earning 22 starts … Produced eight goals and four assists for 20 total points, tied for second-most on the team … Three of his goals were of the game-winning variety … Converted both of his penalty kick opportunities and credited with a team-best 80 shots on the year, 33 of them on frame … Helped lead UCSB to the No. 15 national seed in the NCAA Championship, where the Gauchos lost in the third round at second-seeded Creighton, 2-1 (11/27), and finished with a 15-7-1 overall record … Chosen to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to his junior season … 2010: Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year, All-Big West First Team, NSCAA All-Far West Region First Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com Third Team as a sophomore … Led the Gauchos with nine goals and 24 total points … Added six assists over 21 games, with 19 starts … 2008: Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year and All-MPSF Second Team pick as a true freshman at Denver University before transferring … College Soccer News Freshman Third Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Rookie Second Team … Totaled four goals and four assists while leading the Pioneers with 31 shots … Started 14 of 19 games played.
International: Regular on the U.S. squad during CONCACAF qualifying for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup … Scored in a 1-0 win over Canada in 2008 and earned selection to the final roster, but missed the tournament in Egypt through injury.
High School/Club: NSCAA All-American at Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas … Led the Marauders to back-to-back Texas Class 5A State titles, scoring 58 goals and recording 34 assists during his career … Played club soccer for the Dallas Comets SC 90 and the Dallas Solar SC 90.
Personal: Parents are Israel and Sue Garza … Has one older sister, Libby Rodriguez … Samuel Cruz Garza was born on October 17, 1989, in Carrollton, Texas, also the birthplace of the San Jose Earthquakes’ top draft pick of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and fellow Texas native, Anthony Ampaipitakwong.