Player Details

Name

Rafael Garcia

Height

5' 6"

Weight

150 lbs

Date of Birth

12.19.1988 (33)

Birthplace

Granada Hills, CA USA

Position

Midfielder
2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

How Acquired: Selected by the Galaxy in the second round (38th overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.

A holding midfielder, Garcia has provided a hard-working option in the center of the field since joining the club in 2012 after a successful career at Cal State Northridge.

MLS Highlights

2016: In his fifth season in MLS with LA Galaxy, Garcia made six appearances and two starts on the 2016 season. Garcia proved a viable option off the bench for Bruce Arena after the departure of Nigel de Jong in August.

2015: Made ten appearances and four starts for Galaxy in the regular season, clocking the most minutes of any of his four seasons in LA.

2014: Made just one appearance in MLS, but served as captain for Galaxy II in USL throughout the majority of the year, helping lead the club to a third place regular season finish and a semifinal berth in the playoffs during its inaugural season.

2013: Garcia built off of his rookie year by earning nine appearances and one start during the Galaxy’s 2013 MLS Regular Season. In his appearances, the club went 6-2-1 as Garcia occupied the central midfield.

2012: In his rookie seaon, Garcia made one appearance for the Galaxy when he was a substitution in a victory over Real Salt Lake FC on June 6.

College Highlights

2011: Was limited to just 13 games as a senior after missing six games with a knee injury but still managed to earn All-Big West honors for the first time. A team captain for the second straight season, Garcia scored twice on the year with both goals coming on penalty kicks in the second half of a 3-0 win over UC Davis. He scored in the 68th minute and then again in the 77th for the first multi-goal game of his college career. His 32 shots were the third most on the team.

2010: Tied for second on the team with two goals while also adding a career-best six assists. The six assists were the most on the team as were his 49 shots. 

2009: Returned from injury to play a career-high 20 games, starting all 20 of them for the Matadors. He tallied his only assist of the season at home against SMU while his 28 shots were the third-most on the team. 

2008: Suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of the year against Georgetown and redshirted the rest of the season. 

2007: A teammate of Sean Franklin’s as a freshman, Garcia stepped in and played in 17 games, making 14 starts in midfield. An All-Big West Second Team honoree, Garcia scored game-winning goals in victories over UNLV and Cal State Fullerton with both games ending 1-0. Northridge also won both games that Garcia had an assist in, giving them a 4-0-0 record when he was on the scoresheet.