Rodrigo Vargas

Rodrigo Vargas
Rodrigo Vargas.jpg
Playing for Melbourne Victory against Gamba Osaka in April 2008.
Personal information
Full nameRodrigo Alejandro Vargas
Date of birth (1978-10-20) 20 October 1978 (age 40)[1]
Place of birthMelbourne, Australia
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing positionCentral defender
Club information
Current team
Bulleen Lions
Senior career*
1996Springvale City17(0)
1997–1999Port Melbourne Sharks67(1)
1999–2004Melbourne Knights127(4)
2004–2006Green Gully Cavaliers60(9)
2006–2012Melbourne Victory139(6)
2012–2016Green Gully Cavaliers111(7)
2017–2018Dandenong Thunder33(0)
2018–Bulleen Lions10(0)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 August 2009

Rodrigo Alejandro "Roddy" Vargas (born 20 October 1978) is an Australian football player who plays as a central defender for the National Premier Leagues Victoria club FC Bulleen Lions, but is mostly known for his time at Melbourne Victory, Green Gully Cavaliers and at Melbourne Knights, where he was club captain.

Club career

Vargas started his career at the Victorian Premier League side, Springvale City, where he debuted at the age of 17 under Gus McLeod.[2] After three seasons with Port Melbourne, at the age of 21, he was recruited by National Soccer League side Melbourne Knights. He had a very successful tenure at the club, playing in over 100 games in five seasons as well as being awarded the captaincy. When the National Soccer League came to an end in 2004, he moved to the Victorian Premier League side Green Gully in 2005, where he developed a reputation as a goal scoring defender from set pieces.

Vargas was drafted into the Melbourne Victory squad in 2006 after a successful trial, and soon became a key member of the Victory back line. He was involved in a controversy when he was allegedly called a "black monkey" by the Newcastle United Jets midfielder, Stuart Musialik.[3] Vargas was a key member of the Melbourne Victory team in their first appearance in the Asian Champions League in 2008 against Chunnan Dragons at the Telstra Dome. Vargas capped off a great performance with a brilliant goal, the club's second ever in Asia and only the second by Vargas for Melbourne Victory. Vargas was also captain for Melbourne Victory in their pre-season Cup win over Wellington Phoenix on 6 August 2008.[4] On 28 March 2012, it was announced that he had been released from Melbourne Victory after six seasons with the club.[5]

Two days later, Green Gully Cavaliers announced that he would rejoin his brother Andy at their club.[6] He played his first match for them the next day. On 23 February 2013, Rodrigo Vargas was charged by the FFV with entering the field of play without permission and directing violent conduct towards an opposing Bentleigh Greens player during a pre-season practice match between Green Gully and Bentleigh. At a tribunal hearing on 13 March 2013 he pleaded guility and was banned from FFV football until 14 April 2013.[7] Vargas helped Green Gully secure the 2013 Dockerty Cup.

After being released by Green Gully after the 2016 season, Vargas joined NPL Victoria 2 side Dandenong Thunder SC.[2] After his brother Andy was sacked as coach of Thunder in June 2018, Vargas joined FC Bulleen Lions.

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