Texans Abroad: December 23, 2011

U.S. U-23 defender Greg Garza joins Club Tijuana

Texans Abroad is our bi-weekly series that aims to track some of the best Texas born footballers as they progress through their career with their club and the US Men’s National Team.

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Clint Dempsey – Nacogdoches, Texas
Club: Fulham (England – Premiership)
Position: Forward/Midfield
Born: March 9, 1983
Number: 23
Height: 6’1’’
Weight: 170
Age: 28
Recent News:  Since Fulham's win over Liverpool, the Cottagers dropped a 2-0 result at Swansea City on Dec. 10. They also registered a 2-2 Europa League draw against Odense BK in which Dempsey registered a goal. Dempsey scored again and registered an assist in Fulham's match against Liverpool on Dec. 17. Fulham's last match was a 5-0 loss to the visiting Manchester United on Dec. 21. They'll look to avoid a second straight shutout when they face Chelsea on Monday, Dec. 26. Fulham sit in 13th place in the Premier League table on 18 points.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
17 17 5 4 64 43

 

Conor Doyle – McKinney, Texas
Club: Derby County (England – Championship)
Position: Forward
Born: October 13, 1991
Number: 14
Height: 6’2’’
Weight: 189
Age: 20
Recent News:  Since Derby County's draw with Crystal Palace, the Rams have posted a 2-1 win over Bristol City and a 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town. Doyle did not see action in either of those two matches. Derby County's next opponent will be Leeds United on Monday, Dec. 26. Derby County sit in 16th place in the Championship table with 28 points.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
4 1 0 0 4 3

 

Greg Garza – Grapevine, Texas
Club: Club Tijuana (Mexico – Primera Division)
Position: Defender
Born: August 16, 1991
Number: --
Height: 5’8’’
Weight: 155
Age: 20
Recent News:  Garza recently signed with Club Tijuana after a three week trial with the recently promoted franchise. The young defender quickly made his first appearance for the team on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in a 1-0 preseason win over Veracruz. Tijuana will be back in action on Dec. 28 when they face Atlante in another preseason match ahead of the start of the 2012 Clausura on Jan. 7.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Jared Jeffrey – Dallas, Texas
Club: Mainz 05 (Germany – Bundesliga)
Position: Midfielder
Born: June 14, 1990
Number: 3
Height: 5’10’’
Weight: 150
Age: 21
Recent News: Jeffrey has spent the last week away from his club at the U.S. U-23 camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Mainz remains in 14th place in the Bundesliga table with 18 points.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
0 0 0 0 0 0

Jose Francisco Torres – Longview, Texas
Club: Pachuca (Mexico – Primera Division)
Position: Midfielder
Born: October 19, 1987
Number: 18
Height: 5’7’’
Weight: 135
Age: 23
Recent News:  Jose Francisco Torres saw his first action since breaking a bone in his foot last September in Pachuca's 1-0 preseason loss to San Luis on Dec. 21. Torres played 50 minutes in the loss. Pachuca's next preseason match will be against Atlas on Friday, Dec. 23. Torres hasn't seen any time with the USMNT since his foot injury.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Marco Vidal – Dallas, Texas
Club: Club Leon (Mexico – Liga De Ascenso)
Position: Midfielder
Born: February 21, 1986
Number: 12
Height: 5’7’’
Weight: 150
Age: 25
Recent News: Vidal's Club Leon will prepare for the 2012 Clausura with a preseason match against San Luis on Friday, Dec. 23. Leon open the 2012 Clausura season against Correcaminos on Saturday, Jan. 7.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Zak Whitbread – Houston, Texas
Club: Norwich City (England – Premiership)
Position: Defender
Born: January 10, 1984
Number: 37
Height: 6’2’’
Weight: 165
Age: 27
Recent News: Whitbread has finally returned to action for Norwich City, starting the last three matches for the Canaries. Norwich earned five points through their last three matches; beating Newcastle United 4-2, drawing Everton 1-1, and tying Wolverhampton 2-2. Norwich City sit in ninth place in the Premier League table on 21 points.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
5 5 0 0 1 0