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Bruce Arena praises Greg Garza’s USMNT camp performance

This is a good sign.

Soccer: Mexico vs USA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

July 10th, 2015 is the last time Greg Garza played for the United States men’s national team. During that year he was having an incredible run of form with Club Tijuana and many expected him to take the USMNT left back job and run with it. Unfortunately, soon after that day he picked up a severe hip injury as missed almost a year.

He’s back to playing now, but after two matches with Tijuana they benched him and decided to loan him out to Atlanta United. This has some fans wondering if he’s okay and physically fit. USMNT head coach Bruce Arena alleviated those concerns this week as he praised Garza’s fitness and ability during the current January camp.

"Greg Garza is an experienced player in the national team program. He’s been here before. He’s very fit, and he’s very comfortable at the left back position. He’s done a good job."

via American Soccer Now

It sounds like Garza is back to his old self as the MLS season approaches. He’ll be counted on by United to be an integral part of their inaugural roster. They have built a surprisingly talented and deep back line. If Garza can hold down the left back spot, it could be among the league’s best defenses. Judging from these comments, it sounds like he’s ready to go.