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WATCH: San Diego Soccer Star's Amazing Story

David Garza overcame a traumatic brain injury to become an Olympian




    David Garza's story will inspire you. (Published Monday, July 6, 2015)

    The only thing more inspiring than an Olympic athlete is a Paralympic athlete.

    U.S. Paralympic Soccer team captain and Chula Vista native David Garza stopped by NBC 7 SportsWrap to talk with Sports Director Jim Laslavic about overcoming a traumatic brain injury to lead Team U.S.A. to a 2016 Rio Paralympic berth.

    If you or someone you know want to follow in Garza’s footsteps, U.S. Soccer is looking for players for the adult team (ages 18-35) and is currently beginning a National Youth team starting at the age of 13. Players are afforded the same rights as other U.S. Soccer teams. Meaning there is no costs associated with being on the team. Flights, accommodations and Nike-sponsored clothing and footwear are provided.

    In order to try out for the USPNT one must have a background in soccer and either:
                    -Been born with cerebral palsy
                    -Suffered a traumatic brain injury
                    -Have had a stroke

    If you're interested email coach Stuart Sharp: or go to the U.S. Paralympic Soccer webpage at