HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on Jan. 7, 2021
One of the most versatile defenders in MLS, DeLaGarza has shown that he can capably play every position on the backline. He reunites with with former coach Bruce Arena after winning three MLS Cups (2011, 2012, 2014) together with the LA Galaxy. DeLaGarza spent 2020 with Inter Miami (five appearances) after playing with the Houston Dynamo from 2017-19. He has 266 career MLS appearances.
INTERNATIONAL: DeLaGarza originally represented the United States on the international level and collected the first two caps of his international career in January 2012. However, those appearances did not cap-tie him, and he later switched international allegiance to the country of his ancestry, Guam. He has since been a mainstay for the tiny island nation in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
COLLEGE: A two-time National Champion at the University of Maryland, DeLaGarza appeared in 88 games during his college career, making 81 starts and recording two assists. He helped the Terrapins reach the NCAA Tournament in all four of his years in College Park, while also claiming the ACC Championship in 2008.
NOTES: DeLaGarza was named the 2014 MLS Humanitarian of the year for his work with the #LucaKnowsHeart campaign, which he started after he and his wife lost their newborn son to complications from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect.