Paolo Cardozo

Paolo Daniel Cardozo (born June 9, 1989) is an Uruguayan footballer, who currently plays for California United Strikers FC in the National Premier Soccer League.

Paolo Cardozo
Personal information
Full name Paolo Daniel Cardozo
Date of birth (1989-06-09) June 9, 1989
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
California United FC II
Number 30
Youth career
1996–2008 River Plate
2009–2010 Quilmes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Quilmes 1 (0)
2011–2012 LA Galaxy 18 (0)
2012 Chivas USA 9 (1)
2013–2014 Cartaginés 44 (6)
2015–2016 L.A. Wolves 9 (6)
2017– California United Strikers 42 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 14, 2014



Cardozo started his career with the youth ranks of Argentine power Club Atlético River Plate. After impressing while at River, Cardozo moved to the reserve side of Quilmes.[1] While with Quilmes, Cardozo quickly established himself as one of the top scorers in the highly successful Quilmes reserve side. As a result, he was signed to a full professional contract by Quilmes in June 2010.[2] On January 31, 2010 Cardozo debuted for the senior side in a match against Boca Unidos.[3]

United States

During the 2010 season Cardozo went on trial with Columbus Crew.[4] In January 2011, after receiving limited first team action with Quilmes, Cardozo signed with Major League Soccer with hopes of being selected in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. On January 13, he was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the #16 pick of the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.

He made his debut for Galaxy on March 20, 2011, in a game against New England Revolution.

On April 10, 2012 Cardozo was traded to Chivas USA in exchange for David Lopes.[5] Chivas USA released Cardozo on February 14, 2013.[6]

Cardozo was named United Premier Soccer League 2017 Spring Season MVP on August 4, 2017. He tallied 14 goals and 18 assists to help the LA Wolves to their first UPSL Championship.[7]


Los Angeles Galaxy

California United FC II

United Premier Soccer League 2017 Spring Season Most Valuable Player (MVP) & member of the 2017 Fall & Spring UPSL National Championship teams.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-01-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Paolo Cardozo". ESPNDeportes.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-01-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "LA Galaxy Acquire David Junior Lopes From Chivas USA". 10 April 2012.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2013-02-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "L.A. Wolves FC's Paolo Cardozo Named United Premier Soccer League 2017 Spring Season MVP - United Premier Soccer League".
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