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Valley’s Víctor Garza signs to play in Armenian first division

Rio Grande Valley native Victor Garza signed a one and half year contract to play pro soccer for FC Ararat Yereven in Armenia's first division. Courtesy Photo. Special to RGVFutbol.com.

By RGVFútbol/Staff

McALLEN, 17 Jan. - It’s official. The Río Grande Valley will be represented in European soccer after former Edinburg Economedes standout Víctor Garza signed on Saturday with Armenian first division side FC Ararat Yereven.

FC Ararat Yereven. Click to enlarge.

"This is something very important and special to me, knowing how hard I fought and struggled to get back into professional soccer," Garza said. "Now this opportunity has presented itself to me and in a European league. I’m thankful to God for always giving me the faith I needed."

Making it to a first division in Europe is a major step for any soccer player, and it opens the door to an endless amount of opportunities and possibilities.

"I hope that from here I can make it to some of the best leagues in Europe," Garza said. "I’m going to work hard for the team’s success, as well as mine. We hope that within the next year we will be able to qualify to the Champions or UEFA League tournaments."

After a stint with Mexican first division side Tigres, Garza played for Dallas City FC of the NPSL.

FC Ararat's stadium in Yereven, Armenia. Courtesy photo. Special to RGVFutbol.com. Click to enlarge.

He landed a year and a half contract with FC Ararat through some contacts he’s made over the years that helped him distribute his playing videos around Europe.

"This opportunity came up and I had to take advantage of it," Garza said. "I’m going to fight hard so that I can succeed in European soccer."

Established in 1935, FC Ararat is based in Yerevan and is one of more popular clubs in the eight-team Armenian first division. FC Ararat took fourth place in the 2013-14 season under the direction of manager Samvel Darbinyan.

The last time FC Ararat won the Armenian title was in 1993, but claimed the Armenian Cup in 2008 and barely missed out on the league championship in 2007.

Prior to 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, FC Ararat played in the Top Soviet League first division.

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