Ricky Garbanzo

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Ricky Garbanzo
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Garbanzo
Date of birth (1992-08-26) August 26, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth San Jose, Costa Rica
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Charleston Battery
Number 17
Youth career
2011–2014 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 K-W United 12 (1)
2015–2017 Charleston Battery 79 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 17, 2017

Ricardo "Ricky" Garbanzo (born August 26, 1992 in Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican-American soccer player who last played for Charleston Battery in the USL.


College and Amateur[edit]

Garbanzo moved to United States at age 7 and grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina.[1] Garbanzo played soccer at Northwestern High School with future Battery teammate Shawn Ferguson. Garbanzo played college soccer at Coastal Carolina University, making a total of 94 appearances for the Chanticleers and tallying 40 goals and 21 assists.

Garbanzo also played for K-W United FC in the Premier Development League.[2]


On December 31, 2014, it was announced that Garbanzo would take part in Major League Soccer's player combine.[3] However, he went undrafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Following the draft he joined his hometown club Charleston Battery for training camp and earned a professional contract in March.

On March 21, 2015, he made his professional debut for the Battery in a 3–2 victory over Toronto FC II.[4] During his rookie season Garbanzo became a first choice starter as a second striker behind teammate Dane Kelly, tallying 5 goals and 5 assists in 27 league appearances. Garbanzo plays as a defensive forward and is known for his hard-working and aggressive style of play, with manager Mike Anhaeuser nicknaming Garbanzo "Tricky Ricky" for his clever running and ability to provoke opponents.[5] Following the season he was voted the club's newcomer of the year by fans.

His contract was not renewed following the 2017 season.


  1. ^ "Ricky Garbanzo". Coastal Carolina University Communications Department. Coastal Carolina University. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ "2014 K-W United FC stats". USLPDL.com. Premier Development League. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Ricky Garbanzo Headed To MLS Combine". GoCCUSports.com. Coastal Carolina University Athletics. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  4. ^ Conover, Dan (21 March 2015). "Mueller gives Battery dramatic 3-2 win". CharlestonBattery.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Battery Welcome City Islanders To Blackbaud". USLSoccer.com. United Soccer League. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.

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