Gringo Report: Tijuana pleased with US int'l Garza's trial

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — US Under-23 international Greg Garza has completed his first week on trial at Club Tijuana, and the club has liked what it has seen.

“I think there is a good possibility he'll stay,” Tijuana sporting director Ignacio Palou told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday. “I think he liked the club, he liked the treatment and now we just have to see him [perform].”

Tijuana coaches have not seen too much of the young left back thus far because most of the training this week has been geared to getting players fit for the new season in Mexico, with less focus on ballwork.

“He's a kid we've been watching," Palou said. "He wouldn't count as a foreigner and is an interesting player. The coaches will evaluate him and tell us if it's viable [that he] stay.”

Garza was released from Portuguese second-division side Estoril in late July and had trials at Norway´s Vålerenga and Swedish side Örebro SK back in August.

The Grapvine, Texas, native was called into the US U-23 squad for the training camp in Novemeber in Germany, alongside Club Tijuana forward Joe Corona.

The Xolos must make a decision on by Dec. 15. If he signs, he will be the third American in Tijuana's first-team squad, along with Corona and Edgar Castillo.

Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America. He can be reached via tom.marshall.mex@gmail.com.