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PLAYER PROFILE: Garrett McLaughlin




Garrett McLaughlin
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-11-10) November 10, 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
North Carolina FC
Number 19
Youth career
Oklahoma FC 97
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 SMU Mustangs 72 (36)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 OKC Energy U23 27 (4)
2020 Rio Grande Valley FC 11 (0)
2021 Toronto FC II 25 (8)
2022– North Carolina FC 15 (8)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21 July 2022

Garrett McLaughlin (born November 10, 1997) is an American soccer player who currently plays for USL League One side North Carolina FC.

Career

Youth and college

McLaughlin played high school soccer at Heritage Hall, where he was a two-time Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year[1] and led the school to 3 state championships.[2][3]

McLaughlin played four years of college soccer at Southern Methodist University between 2016 and 2019. McLaughlin made 72 appearances, scored 36 goals and tallied 13 assists for the Mustangs.[4] He was named the 2016 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, first team All-AAC in 2017 and 2019, second team All-AAC in 2018, and United Soccer Coaches third team All-American in 2017.[5]

While at college, McLaughlin appeared for USL PDL side OKC Energy U23.[6]

Professional

On January 9, 2020, McLaughlin was selected 8th overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft by Houston Dynamo.[7]

On February 27, 2020, McLaughlin signed for Houston's USL Championship affiliate side Rio Grande Valley FC.[8] He made his professional debut on March 8, 2020, starting in a 5–1 loss to LA Galaxy II.[9]

On April 22, 2021, McLaughlin signed with USL League One side Toronto FC II.[6] He scored two goals on his debut for the club on May 22, 2021 against North Texas SC.[10] On July 18, he scored a hat trick in a 4-2 victory over North Carolina FC, including a bicycle kick on his second goal.[11][12] He finished the season as the team's leading goal scorer with 8 goals[13] and was named Player of the Week twice.[14][15] After the season, he went on trial with Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake.[16]

McLaughlin joined North Carolina FC on February 11, 2022.[13] On May 30, 2022, McLaughlin was named USL League One Player of the Week for Week 9 of the 2022 season, in recognition of his brace over Richmond Kickers on May 28.[17]

Career statistics

As of 21 July 2022[18][19]
Club Season League Domestic Cup Playoffs Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
OKC Energy U23 2016 PDL 12 0 0 0 12 0
2017 8 1 0 0 8 1
2018 7 3 7 3
Total 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 4
Rio Grande Valley FC 2020 USL Championship 11 0 11 0
Toronto FC II 2021 USL League One 25 8 25 8
North Carolina FC 2022 USL League One 15 8 1 0 16 8
Career Total 78 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 79 20

References

  1. ^ Parker, Derek (March 8, 2021). "'This market is a sleeping giant': How Energy FC coach John Pascarella is building soccer culture in OKC". The Oklahoman.
  2. ^ Evans, Murray (May 14, 2016). "Class 5A boys soccer: Heritage Hall rolls to 4-1 win over McGuinness". The Oklahoman.
  3. ^ Unrah, Jacob (May 10, 2016). "Heritage Hall's Garrett McLaughlin named Gatorade Oklahoma Player of year again". The Oklahoman.
  4. ^ "Garrett McLaughlin – Men's Soccer". SMU Mustangs.
  5. ^ "M Soccer 2020-21 Factbook (PDF)" (PDF). SMU Mustangs.
  6. ^ a b "Toronto FC II sign Garrett McLaughlin". Toronto FC. April 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "Dynamo Select Garrett McLaughlin, Luka Prpa In MLS SuperDraft". Houston Dynamo FC. January 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Rio Grande Valley FC sign Houston Dynamo Draft Picks Garrett McLaughlin and Luka Prpa". Rio Grande Valley FC. February 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "RGV FC Drops Home Opener to Los Dos". Our Sports Central. March 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "Match Report: Toronto FC II Wins On League One Return". USL League One. May 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Match Report: Hat Trick Lifts TFC II Over NCFC". USL League One. July 18, 2021.
  12. ^ Steiner, Ben (July 19, 2021). "McLaughlin's bicycle kick leads TFC II to victory against North Carolina". Waking the Red.
  13. ^ a b "Garrett McLaughlin joins 2022 North Carolina FC roster". North Carolina FC. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  14. ^ "Toronto FC II's Garrett McLaughlin named Player of the Week". Toronto FC. May 24, 2021.
  15. ^ "TFC II's Garrett McLaughlin named Player of the Week". Toronto FC. July 19, 2021.
  16. ^ "RSL Kicks Off 2022 Preseason". Real Salt Lake. January 20, 2022.
  17. ^ "USL League One Team of the Week – Week 9". uslleagueone.com. May 30, 2022. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  18. ^ Garrett McLaughlin at Soccerway
  19. ^ "Garrett McLaughlin Stats". USL League Two.

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