Julian de Guzman
(born March 25, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario
) is a Canadian soccer
player who currently plays for Toronto FC
in Major League Soccer
Previously, he played for Deportivo de La Coruña
, and was the first Canadian to play in the Spanish La Liga
. His younger brother Jonathan de Guzmán
currently plays in La Liga as well.
De Guzman was discovered by representatives of Olympique Marseille
while playing for the North Scarborough youth soccer club in Toronto
. After playing with Marseille's reserve side, de Guzman became a first-team regular with 1. FC Saarbrücken
in the German Second Bundesliga
in the 2001–02 season. In 21 appearances he never scored.
In 2002, he joined newly promoted Hannover 96
, becoming only the third Canadian to play in the German First Bundesliga
. He played three seasons for Hannover before joining Deportivo La Coruña
. In 78 appearances he scored two times.
After playing a starring role in the club's remarkable turnaround in the 2007–2008 season to avoid relegation and gain a spot in the UEFA Cup
, de Guzman was named the team's player of the season. In 95 appearances he scored one goal. His only goal with Deportivo came in 2005 against the Spanish giants Real Madrid
. His contract with Deportivo expired in the summer of 2009.
In September 2009 an agreement was reached with Toronto FC for De Guzman to sign as a designated player
, becoming the first ever Canadian Designated Player with a contract worth $1,910,746 annually. The Canadian... Read More