Youth and College
As a junior and senior at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas, Nick won the TAPPS state boys soccer championship, the first and second in their history. He was also all-district, all-state and all-tournament. Garcia won the 1996-97 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award, as well, while starring for powerhouse youth club, Dallas Texans. Garcia played college soccer at Indiana University, leading Indiana to consecutive national titles in 1998 and 1999. He was named 1997 National Freshman of the year and 1st All-American in 1999.
Garcia signed a professional contract with Major League Soccer in 2000, and was drafted second overall in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards.
Garcia subsequently played in – and started – almost 200 games for the Wizards between 2000 and 2007. He helped the Wizards win the MLS Cup in 2000, and the Lamar Hunt Open Cup in 2004.
He joined the San Jose Earthquakes as their captain upon their return to MLS in 2008. In early 2009 Garcia signed a multi-year contact with San Jose, but was traded to Toronto FC. He finished his 11-season career in Toronto, Canada, finishing with over 300 career games played.
Garcia played for the US Under-17 Youth National Team at the World Youth Championship in Ecuador in 1997 and captained the US Under-20 Youth National Team at the World Youth Championship in Nigeria in 1999. He earned his first cap for the full national team in 2003, against Canada and amassed six caps for the full United States Men’s National Team.
Nick began coaching competitive soccer shortly after beginning his professional playing career in Kansas City and fell in love sharing his knowledge of the game with players of all abilities and ages. In 2009, Nick earned his B License from the United States Soccer Federation. Upon retiring from 11 seasons in Major League Soccer, Nick returned to Kansas City where he assumed the Executive Director role of a competitive club in suburban Kansas City. In early 2012, Nick joined Brookside Soccer Club as Executive Director, overseeing more than 2,300 players in the recreational league and competitive teams. Today, he oversees the day-to-day operations of Brookside Soccer Club and is in charge of the strategic growth and development of all things soccer.
Nick is married to Dr. MeLinda Peterson Garcia. Nick and MeLinda have 2 wonderful boys, Cruz and Axle, and reside in suburban Kansas City. He spends many hours and years volunteering for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Jackson County CASA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Mattie Rhodes Center and Teammates for Kids.