Texans Abroad: February 16

Torres' Tuzos undefeated in 2012 Clausura

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:  Fulham suffered a 3-0 shutout at the hands of table-toppers Manchester City two weeks ago, but the Cottagers bounced back with a 2-1 win over Stoke City. The victory came with a bit of controversy though, as it initially appeared as though Dempsey had tallied the game-winner in the 28th minute, but the EPL it an own goal off of Stoke 'keeper Thomas Sorensen. Fulham sits in 12th place in the Premier League table with 30 points. They'll next face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, Feb. 25.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
25 25 10 4 93 54

 

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:  Derby County's first match of February fell victim to the wintry weather in England as their match with Nottingham Forest had to be postponed for safety reasons. The Rams played Millwall to a scoreless draw last weekend that saw Doyle make his return to the pitch, although he didn't come on until stoppage time as a substitute for Jamie Ward. The club's next match was a 1-0 shutout to Reading on Tuesday. Derby County are 13th in the Championship table with 42 points and will face Southampton this Saturday.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
5 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:  Club Tijuana has posted two draws since their 3-1 loss to Santos. They posted a 1-1 tie against Puebla and a scoreless draw against Cruz Azul. Garza still hasn't seen any action for Tijuana since the opening match of the 2012 Clausura. Los Xolos are now 10th in the table with nine points. Despite seeing limited club action, Garza has been called in to U.S. U-23 camp and will be reporting to Frisco this weekend.
 

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

 

Jared Jeffrey – Dallas, Texas
Club: Mainz 05 U-23 (Germany – Bundesliga)
Position: Midfielder
Born: June 14, 1990
Number: 3
Height: 5’10’’
Weight: 150
Age: 21
Recent News: Jeffrey was also called into the U.S. U-23 camp that will be taking place at FC Dallas Stadium next week, following a January camp in which he saw considerable minutes. His last club start came on Feb. 4 when the Mainz U-23s lost to Wuppertaler SV 2-1. Mainz 05 sit in eighth place in the U-23 Bundesliga table with 26 points and will face Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
16 16 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:  Pachuca are undefeated through their first six matches of the 2012 Clausura and sit in third place with 12 points. Torres is the only player besides goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota to play every minute for los Tuzos so far. Pachuca defeated Toluca 4-3 two weeks ago and shut out Estudiantes Tecos 2-0 last weekend. Torres' club will face Club America this Sunday.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
6 6 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 are also undefeated in the Liga de Ascenso and sit in first place with 11 points. Leon defeated Lobos BUAP 5-2 two weeks ago before posting a scoreless shutout against Leones Negros last weekend. Vidal still hasn't seen any action for the club. They'll face Pumas Morelos this Saturday
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
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: 28
Recent News: Whitbread got his 12th start of the season in Norwich City's 2-0 home win over Bolton two weeks ago, but came off with an injury in the 40th minute of the match. The injury was severe enough to hold him out of last week's 3-2 road win over Swansea City. The Canaries sit in eighth place in the Premier League table with 35 points and will face Leicester City in an FA Cup match this Saturday.
 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
12 12 0 0 1 0