Austin da Luz

Austin da Luz (born October 9, 1987 in San Diego, California) is a former American soccer player who most recently played for North Carolina FC of the USL Championship.

Austin da Luz
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
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
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)
2014−2019 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,[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]


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 statistics

As of October 10, 2019
New York Red Bulls2010Major League Soccer001010
D.C. United2011Major League Soccer14000140
Carolina RailHawks2012North American Soccer League19120211
Orlando City2014USL Pro19521216
North Carolina FC2014North American Soccer League600060
2018USL Championship31531346
Career totals207272030022530


  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.
  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". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  12. "NCFC Captain da Luz to Retire Following 2019 Season". August 13, 2019.

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