Garcia keeps A-League options open

Former Socceroo Richard Garcia could return to the A-League next season despite his move to second-division US side Minnesota United FC.

Garcia has left Sydney FC to join the North American Soccer League (NASL) side for the spring season, with an option for the fall season.

The spring season for the NASL, the division below Major League Soccer, finishes in June while season 10 of the A-League will kick off in October.

“If I decide not to take up the option I will be back looking for a club,” Garcia told FourFourTwo.

“I spoke with Sydney FC about a month before the season had ended and they said they weren’t signing any more players until the end of the season, so I started to put the feelers out and this popped up.”

Head coach Frank Farina left the Sky Blues at the end of the season and former Mariners boss Graham Arnold is widely tipped to be his replacement.

Garcia joined Sydney FC in 2013 after a season at Melbourne Heart. The 32-year old forward has scored 12 goals in 47 A-League appearances. 

Garcia will join former Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets defender Tiago at Minnesota Untied FC.