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Former Hull, Sydney winger Garcia joins Minnesota United

North American Soccer League (NASL) club Minnesota United have confirmed the signing of Richard Garcia.

The 32-year old Australian winger has signed with the second division American side for the NASL Spring season, with an option for the Fall season, after leaving Sydney FC.

Garcia returned to his homeland to play in the A-League with Melbourne Heart in 2012 before moving to Sydney the following year.

Prior to that, the 18-times capped Socceroos international had five years with Hull City where he played in the English Premier League. He has also spent time with Colchester United and Leyton Orient after beginning his career with West Ham United in 1999.

United head coach Manny Lagos said the signing of Garcia was a major coup for his club who currently sit on top of the NASL table with four wins from four outings.

"We are excited to add a player with the experience that Richard Garcia brings to the table," said Lagos.

"He has been a player that's had a great career all over the globe and we are thrilled to add someone of his quality to our team."

Garcia has joined former Sky Blues teammate Tiago Calvano on the Minnesota roster to become the first player on the clubs books who has played at a World Cup and in the Premier League.

"I expect my transition to be much easier after playing with Tiago at Sydney this past season. Our wives became friendly and children are similar ages," the Australian said.

"Tiago has already been a great help providing a strong recommendation about the club and local community. I cannot wait to join my teammates and look forward to meeting everyone in Minnesota."

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