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Marco Marquez

Hometown/first soccer experience: Milwaukee, WI. First started playing soccer at age 5 with the Milwaukee Rampage youth club. Played with multiple clubs throughout my youth. Won the U18 Boys WI State Championship in 2014 with Milwaukee Bavarians.

Family: I’ve got a younger sister that plays for Pius XI High School varsity team. My younger brother will be joining Pius in the fall and will hopefully play there too.

Years of Coaching: I’ve coached two years, excited to enter my third year!

Favorite Team and why?: Atletico Madrid. Not my favorite style of soccer. Very defensive minded. But I loved when Diego Forlan was with the squad and really brought the club back into the top 5 of La Liga. It was amazing to see them win the league in 2014. It was the first time I had seen any team other than Barca or Real Madrid win La Liga. Their 2nd place finishes in champion’s league this past decade were so tough. I hope I can see them win it one day.

Favorite Player and why: Andres Iniesta. His vision as a midfielder is amazing. When he played with Xavi and Messi it was incredible to watch. It seemed as though his mind was working 2 or 3 times faster than everyone else on the field.

Coaching Education: I’ve got grassroots coaching certifications, I’m waiting to apply for my D license.

Why did you start coaching? I miss playing soccer, but I hate watching bad soccer. I can’t watch my brother or sister’s games without pacing around, getting angry with how they are playing. I am not saying I know everything, in fact I have a lot to learn; but I do believe playing-style, philosophy and organized attacking, defending, and transitions are so crucial to working effectively as a unit. A lot of coaches in my experience don’t dedicate time to making sure everyone is on the same page about these core principles. I try to make sure my girls are.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: I love Pep Guardiola’s philosophy and style of play. Possession minded soccer, focused minimizing risks and maximizing opportunities to score.

Favorite Coaching Memory: This past fall a new player joined my U9 girls team. She had played rec soccer before but this was her first year in Academy. She needed some help with her technical abilities but she had lots of potential. Her parents asked me after a practice session if they should work with her individually at home. I said they absolutely did not have to and did not need to feel like they should. We practice 3 times a week and that is plenty for busy parents. Their daughter was great at listening to directions, asking questions, and trying her best and that’s all I can ask for in a player. She quickly became one of my best strikers on the team and scored her first goal on our last game of the season. It was so easy and effortless for her that I did not realize it was her first goal of the season. Once I did I was so excited and so was she.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? Rock climbing!

Favorite Book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Did you play other sports growing up? Nope! Just Soccer!

What is something people may never guess about you? I have competed in Ballroom dancing competitions!

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!

 

Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex

Rules

  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.