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Texans Abroad: May 24

Texans Abroad is our recurring series that aims to track some of the best Texas born footballers as they progress through their careers with their clubs and the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Clint Dempsey- Nacogdoches, Texas

Club: Tottenham Hotspur (England – Premiership)

Position: Forward/Midfield
Born: March 9, 1983
Number: 2
Height: 6’1’’
Weight: 170

Age: 29
Recent News: Tottenham ended their Premier League season Sunday with a 1-0 win against Sunderland, finishing fifth in the standings, falling just short of the fourth place finish they needed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The Spurs closed April with a 3-1 win over Manchester City, a game in which Dempsey scored, and a 2-2 draw against Wigan. Dempsey also contributed in a 1-0 victory over Southampton and had a big game against Stoke, with an assist and a goal in the win.

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
35 27 12 8 101 62


Brek Shea- Bryan, Texas

Club: Stoke City FC (England – Premiership)
Position: Midfield
Born: February 28, 1990

Number: 22

Height: 6’3’’

Weight: 180

Age: 23
Recent News: Stoke finished 13th in the Premier League, but Shea did not clock any playing time in the Potters' recent matches.

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
2 0 0 0 1 0


Conor Doyle- McKinney, Texas

Club: Derby County (England – Championship)

Position: Forward

Born: October 13, 1991

Number: 14

Height: 6’2’’

Weight: 189

Age: 21
Recent News: Derby County also finished their regular season in May. The team recorded two wins over Peterborough and Millwall and a loss against Blackpool. However, Doyle did not receive playing time in any of the games. Derby finished 10th in the final nPower Championship standings.

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


Greg Garza- Grapevine, Texas

Club: Club Tijuana (Mexico – Liga MX)

Position: Defender
Born: August 16, 1991
Number: 24

Height: 5’8’’

Weight: 155

Age: 21
Recent News: Club Tijuana finished their season with a 4-0 win over Chivas, a 1-0 win over San Luis and a 2-1 loss against Morelia. Though Garza’s playing time had been increasing throughout the season, he did not play in the team’s final four games.

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


Moises Hernandez- Dallas, Texas

Club: Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica - Primera Division)

Position: Defender

Born: March 5, 1992

Number: 29

Height: 6’

Weight: 155

Age: 20
Recent News: Deportivo Saprissa finished third in the Costa Rican Primera Division with a 1-0 win over Carmelita and a scoreless draw with Herediano to close out the regular season. Saprissa played Cartagines to a 1-1 draw and a 0-0 draw in the first round of the playoffs, with Cartagines advancing thanks to their away goal. Hernandez started all but one game this season for Saprissa. 

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots On Goal
17 16 0 0 - -


Jose Francisco Torres- Longview, Texas

Club: Tigres UANL (Mexico – Liga MX)

Position: Midfielder

Born: October 19, 1987
Number: 18
Height: 5’7’’

Weight: 135

Age: 25
Recent News: Tigres finished the season at the top of their league standings, but their postseason came to an end in the first round with a 1-0 loss to Monterrey in the first leg of their series and a 1-1 draw in the second leg. Torres started 15 times for Tigres this season and played the full 90 minutes in regular season losses against Pumas and Monterrey.

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
17 15 0 0 0 0


Marco Vidal- Dallas, Texas

Club: Lobos BUAP (Mexico – Ascenso MX)

Position: Midfielder
Born: February 21, 1986

Number: 12

Height: 5’7’’

Weight: 150

Age: 26
Recent News: Lobos BUAP closed their season with three losses to Toros Neza in April. Vidal was a factor in the team’s success all season, playing in almost every game and recording the fourth most minutes played for the season.

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
31 25 0 0 -


Zak Whitbread- Houston, Texas

Club: Leicester City (England – Championship)
Position: Defender

Born: January 10, 1984

Number: 37

Height: 6’2’’

Weight: 165

Age: 28
Recent News: Leicester City finished sixth in the nPower Championship standings. Leicester recorded a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, two losses and a win in games against Watford, and a 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest to close out the season. Whitbread was unused in those games. Leicester starts preseason friendlies in July.

Games Played Games Started Goals Assists Shots Shots on Goal
17 15 1 0 - -