Greg Vanney, raised in Tempe, AZ, joined the CATZ team with an outstanding playing career in professional soccer. In 1996, Greg was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy (1996-2002) in the inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) College Draft. Throughout his career, Greg has helped lead his professional team to three MLS Cup appearances, the US Open Cup Championship, and a CONCACAF Cup Championship. He was also selected twice to the MLS Best XI before transferring to the French 1st Division Club, S.C. Bastia.
Greg returned to the MLS's F.C. Dallas team after competing for S.C. Bastia for four seasons in France. He helped F.C. Dallas improve to its best record in a decade, including an appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final. As a member of F.C. Dallas, Greg captained the MLS All-Star Team to a 4-1 victory over Premier League side Fulham. Greg was also a part of the U.S. National Team Program for over 11 years, appearing for the National Team 37 times (CAPS) and was unfortunate to miss out on the 2002 World Cup due to a knee injury in the World Cup preparation match versus Jamaica only 5 days before the team was departing to Korea. Later in his career, Greg helped the U.S. team to the 2005 Gold Cup Championship.
Greg is the founder of the Arizona Futbol Club (AZFC) in Tempe, Arizona. In 1999, he was voted to the Arizona Republic
– 100 Best Athletes of the Century. A graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Greg spent one year at Florida International University before transferring to UCLA.