In 1996, Vanney was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy and started his career on the U.S national team. An emerging option on defense for the USA, Greg Vanney has made several appearances for the national team throughout his career as a professional. He currently plays for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. Vanney is deadly on free kicks with a powerful and accurate left foot, and he has the versatility to play in either the left side of the defensive line, where he stars for the FC Dallas, or in the center, where he usually plays for the national team.
National Team Highlights:
2004 - Played six games and scored his first international goal, in a World Cup Qualifier (against Grenada on June 13).
2003 - Played eight games, starting seven of them. Added three assists. Four of those games were in the Gold Cup and one was in the Confederations Cup.
2002 - Played three games, starting two of them.
2001 - Earned five caps in 2001, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
2000 - Played in six matches with the USA and started five.
1999 - Made one appearance for the U.S. for the fourth straight year, a 2-2 draw with Jamaica in Kingston.
1998 - Started and played 90 minutes in a loss to Paraguay on March 14, 1998.
1997 - Made his second appearance in a USA uniform on August 7, 1997 in Baltimore in a 1-0 loss to Ecuador.
1996 - Replaced Eddie Pope in a key World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala on December 12, 1996 for his first cap. He Helped the U.S. secure a 2-2 draw in San Salvador, Guatemala.
2005 - Returned to MLS, signing with FC Dallas early in the year.
2004-05 - Regained a starting role with Bastia (France First Division) in September '04, and played 16 of 19 matches before the winter break.
2003-04 - In his first full season abroad, played 20 games for the Corsica-based club
2002-03 - Moved to France after 2002 MLS season and played in 11 games for Bastia's back line
2001 - Started 22 matches for the Galaxy and registered six goals and three assists in helping the team reach the MLS Cup final. He raised his career totals to 21 goals and 19 assists in 168 MLS matches.
2000 - Found his scoring touch, netting six goals in 27 games for Los Angeles. He scored once in the MLS playoffs.
1999 - Helped the Galaxy to the MLS Cup final and scored two goals in the playoffs.
1998 - Scored three goals and added three assists in 31 matches for the Galaxy.
1997 - Started 27 games for the Galaxy, recording a goal and three assists.
1996 - Drafted by the LA Galaxy in the second round with the 17th overall pick of the Major League Soccer draft. He scored four goals and assisted on one other in 29 matches his rookie year. Two of his goals were in back-to-back games against the Kansas City Wizards in the Western Conference playoffs.
Personal: Vanney began playing soccer at the age of five with the Tempe Soccer Club Gunners. He attended Florida International University in 1992 before transferring to UCLA. He was an honorable mention All-American at UCLA in 1995, and he scored the game-winner and assisted on the game-tying goal against SMU in the 1994 NCAA round of 16 despite playing just the final 10 minutes of the match.