Soccer alumnus goes pro with Austin Aztex: Gyorio played soccer at San Jac in 2008
02.09.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez
San Jacinto College men’s soccer alumnus, Mozesh “Mozzi” Gyorio recently signed to play professionally with the USL Pro Austin Aztex.
Until signing with the Aztex, the 25-year-old Canada native has been playing as a midfielder for the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) Minnesota United FC. His rise to professional soccer began at San Jacinto College in 2008, when he helped the team finish as the national runner up. That year, Gyorio received a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) honorable mention All-American, NJCAA All- region, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) second-team All-region, and was the San Jacinto College offensive MVP.
In 2009, he played for the Houston Dynamo Academy, adding seven goals and six assists to his record. That same year, Gyorio represented Canada in the Francophone games held in Lebanon, earning him a spot on the Canadian U-20 National Team roster.
In 2010, he was signed by the NASL’s FC Tampa Bay, scoring four goals in 43 matches. After two seasons, he went overseas to England and played for Fleetwood Town from the English League Two. Gyorio came back to the United States to play in NASL in the 2014 spring and fall seasons with Minnesota United FC and helped them claim the first and second place in consecutive regular seasons, while also reaching the NASL semifinals in one occasion.
“It was an honor to work with ‘Mozzi’ as an assistant coach during my first year at San Jacinto College,” said San Jacinto College Men’s Soccer Head Coach, Ian Spooner. “He has made the most of his abilities and opportunities due to his work ethic and desire to be the best player on the field every day.”
To date, Gyorio is one of 10 former San Jacinto College soccer players to go on to play professionally. Other soccer alumni include Roy Hernandez (F.C. Excelsior), Cyprian Hedrick (Sporting Kansas City), Francisco Calvo (CS Herediano), Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls), Kieron Bernard (Orlando City), Carlos Villa (CSD Municipal), Ryan Maxwell (New England Revolution), Brandon Durden (River Plate Puerto Rico), and Ken Hoerner (Houston Dynamo reserves).
For more information on the soccer program, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.