Austin da Luz
Da Luz with the New York Red Bulls in 2010
|Full name||Austin da Luz|
|Date of birth||October 9, 1987|
|Place of birth||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2006−2009||Wake Forest Demon Deacons|
|2008||Austin Aztex U23||6||(3)|
|2010−2011||New York Red Bulls||7||(1)|
|2014−2019||North Carolina FC||131||(16)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 10, 2019|
Youth and college
Da Luz attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School Soccer Academy in Austin, Texas, 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.
Da Luz was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls. 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.
He made his professional debut on April 27, 2010 in a U.S. Open Cup game against Philadelphia Union, and made his MLS debut against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 28, 2011. 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.
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. He re-signed with Carolina RailHawks after his release by Orlando City.
On August 13, 2019, da Luz announced he would retire at the end of the 2019 USL Championship season.
- As of October 10, 2019
|New York Red Bulls||2010||Major League Soccer||0||0||1||0||–||–||1||0|
|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|
|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|
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "2010 MLS SuperDraft".
- 2010 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic
- "USOC: Chinn's brace leads Red Bulls over Union 2-1". 27 April 2010.
- "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.
- 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.
- "RailHawks Announce Re-signing of Midfielder Austin da Luz". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
- "NCFC Captain da Luz to Retire Following 2019 Season". USLChampionship.com. August 13, 2019.