AFCAA welcomes Andrea Garcia to the women’s team! Garcia hails from Ontario, where she started her soccer career at a young age playing for King City Youth Soccer Club before playing for Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School. Garcia served as team captain and was voted three-time most valuable player. She led Cardinal Carter to a 2016 league title and an undefeated season all while graduating with honors.
Garcia currently plays at the collegiate level for Fairleigh Dickinson University where she is currently a sophomore. Her first year with FDC she played 233 minutes in nine games as a reserve midfielder. She logged her season-best 69 minutes at LIU Brooklyn. This past season she had one assist, 1 goal, 2 shots on goal with 5 shots total.
In the past, Garcia has played for Aurora FC, her hometown team where it was more than a club, it was a family. “Most of the girls from that team came from my prior team King City, where we grew as a close-knit family and accomplished incredible things together. A majority of us then played for Aurora and got excellent, high-intensity training before going off into our college careers.”
Although she leaves a close family club with Aurora FC, she joins the AFCAA Family off a referral from Jordan Montoya (returning men’s player) and is looking forward to playing for the inaugural women’s team this summer. “I’m excited to play with a new group of girls and coaching staff to extend my knowledge of the game and improve my skills with talented individuals. Getting new and different perspectives of the game and also getting different feedback will only benefit me. I’m also excited to make noise the same way the men’s team did last year.”
As a technically sound player, she sees value in possession and implements that in her game. She can’t wait to “use this asset and help the team work the ball wound the filed confidently, and I’m looking forward to finding creative ways to help the attacking players with scoring opportunities.”
About AFC Ann Arbor
Founded in 2014, Association Football Club Ann Arbor launched it’s men’s semi-pro team in 2015 and has competed in the NPSL since 2016. Led by Head Coach & Sporting Director, Eric Rudland, the team has found great success winning back to back Great Lakes Championships (‘17 & ‘18) and earning US Open Cup bids three straight years (2017-2019). In October 2018, the club announced the launch of the women’s side, who will be skippered by Andy “Pritch” Pritchard in their inaugural season of the United Women’s Soccer national league. Owned and operated by a group of local soccer fans and entrepreneurs, AFC Ann Arbor has become a fixture in the greater Ann Arbor community.