Born on October 12, 1991 in San Diego, CA, Eli Galbraith-Knapp is an experienced soccer player that has played at various levels throughout the country.
As a teen, you could find him on the soccer field with the San Diego Nomads. He got his first taste of international soccer when his Nomads team participated in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup in 2006. While with the Nomads, he played over 75 games and was a member of the U17-18 Select Team from 2009 through 2010. In addition to excelling in club soccer, he fine-tuned valuable skills while training with the US Soccer Development Academy. In 2010, he was named to the All-Western Region Development Academy Starting XI squad.
In 2011, Eli went on to the University of San Diego to play Division I soccer. Eli chose USD over other well-known universities due to their well-respected soccer program and their stellar academic system. As a hometown soccer player, Eli started in 74 of a possible 77 games during his career, the sixth most starts in Gals history. He finished his career with 10 goals and 4 assists. In addition, he was named to the West Coast Conference Freshman All-Conference Team in 2010. In 2012, his team advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament and eventually lost to Georgetown 1-3.
Following his success at the collegiate level, Eli moved overseas to play for UD Alzira in Valencia, Spain. While in training, the opportunity to sign with the team fell through and he made his way back to the U.S.
Eli moved on to the Professional Development League (PDL) played for FC Tucson for 2 seasons. In his 2nd season with the team, they advanced to the fourth round of the US Open Cup. In that same year, he was invited to the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders scouting combines following the MLS Superdraft.
It was time for Eli to make his way back to San Diego. In August 2014, he was a starter with the San Diego Sockers. In total, he played in five games with the Sockers, picking up two assists. In October 2014, he was elected to the US Mens’ Arena Soccer National Team.
2015 brought about a new challenge for Eli. In February 2015, he signed with United Soccer League club Tulsa Roughnecks. In the 19th minute of his debut with Tulsa, Eli delivered a blast into the upper right corner to score his first goal for the club.
Eli joins the North County Battalion squad in April 2016 and is excited to be back in San Diego played the game that has changed his life.