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Long Branch, New Jersey
Intriguing forward prospect who was at Duke and UCLA before becoming one of the nation's leaders in assists at Oakland University.
What Scouts Say: "Has good size and good pace ... He can run and is big and strong, but does he have enough soccer? At the next level he will need more of the tactical stuff: Can he read the game and when to make runs? ... Probably a little better at holding the ball up ... Needs to work on his finishing and ball-striking ... Quality of his feet may prove biggest challenge in MLS."
College (Duke, UCLA and Oakland Univ.): College career started at Duke, where he made the ACC All-Freshman team in 2008 with four goals and two assists despite battling injury ... Didn't play in 2009 and enrolled at UCLA in January 2010 ... Sat out the 2010 season due to NCAA transfer rules and did not play for Oakland in 2011. But in his final year of eligibility in 2012, he scored a career-high seven goals to go with 13 assists in a standout season that saw him earn Summit League Offensive Player of the Year. His 2012 assist total ranked second in the NCAA.
National Team: In November 2006 invited to five-day scouting/training camp with Trinidad and Tobago national team in South Carolina ... While at Duke, reportedly received a US Under-20 call-up but was forced to decline after breaking his arm.
Club: Played for Matchfit Academy and won three state cups at the, U-15, U-16 and U-18 division A ... Also played for Seattle Wolves and Detroit City FC.
High School: Howell High School ... Two-time team captain ... Two-time all-state, all-region and all-district team selection ... Recorded 18 goals and 18 assists during his senior season, as he helped lead his team to an 18-3 overall record ... Helped his team advance to the 2007 Shore Conference Tournament and State Sectional final ... Finished his high school career with 43 goals and 43 assists.
Personal: Parents are Keith Garcia and Christine Bethel. Has three siblings: Kiara, Keion and Krystal ... Lists NY Red Bulls Thierry Henry and Fernando Torres among favorite players ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning first state cup title.