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Tijuana's Greg Garza is confident he can start ahead of fellow U.S. international Edgar Castillo

Tijuana's Greg Garza is confident he can start ahead of fellow U.S. international Edgar Castillo

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Garza recently finalized a deal with the newest team in Mexico's top flight and has an opportunity to showcase his skills to the U.S. team, while still eying MLS future.


Greg Garza is taking the necessary steps to fulfill his dream of playing for the U.S. men's team, even if it means playing a backup role for Tijuana of the Mexican first division.

The left back from Texas, who currently is a member of the Under-23 squad, is competing with fellow U.S. international Edgar Castillo for a spot in Xolos' starting XI. It could be the difference of which player gets called up to the senior national team in the future.

"I'm confident. The most important thing is the team, whomever the coach picks is his decision," Garza told Goal.com after a recent preseason game. "We're all working hard for that spot."

Jurgen Klinsmann has stated he is a fan of latin players and has called in Castillo for two of the four U.S. training camps since the coach took over for Bob Bradley in July. Klinsmann is known for only adding players who play consistent minutes with their club teams.

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At only 20 years old, Garza has already played in three different countries. He officially joined Tijuana on Tuesday after a three-week trial following his release from Portugal's Estoril Praia. He also had youth stints with Sao Paulo of Brazil and Sporting Club de Portugal.

"That was the dream, to play everywhere," Garza said. "I've got a wonderful opportunity to come here (to Mexico) and I took it."

And it doesn't hurt his national team chances that Tijuana is located just south of California.

"Hopefully it will open up more opportunities with the U.S. men's national team," he said.

There was some interest from MLS teams to sign Garza but the youngster opted to play alongside Mexican-Americans Castillo and Joe Corona, who recommended Garza to the Mexican top flight's newest team. But he couldn't rule out a future move to the American league.

"Yes, that's something that's always on my mind but this is a great opportunity and my mind is set on helping [Tijuana]," he said.

Hopefully one day he'll be helping the U.S. men's team as well.

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