A new season means new players and to help introduce and welcome our new players we have provided a player profile and a quick Q&A below.

Marcos HernandezName – Marcos Hernandez
Hometown – Petaluma, CA
Age – 15
Position – DEF
Previous Club – Marin FC

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Heard about it through a friend, Miles Stray.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – Came out here and the whole setup was professional, which made me want to come out and play.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – College and then see where it takes me.

Hobbies – Hanging with friends
Favorite Team – Real Madrid
Favorite Player – Sergio Ramos
Team in FIFA 14 – Real Madrid

Jose Miguel TapiaName – Jose Miguel Tapia
Hometown – Guadalajara, Mexico
Age – 16
Position – MID
Previous Club – C.D. Guadalajara

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Miha Kline invited me out and I really liked it.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – I really liked the franchise, the work system and how they play hard and work every day.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Graduate from college go to MLS.

Hobbies – Soccer
Favorite Team – Real Madrid
Favorite Player – Mario Balotelli
Team in FIFA 14- Real Madrid

Pato YrizarName – Patricio “Pato” Yrizar
Hometown – Queretaro, Mexico
Age – 18
Position – MID/FW

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Be a soccer player and be a better person.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – I was here two years ago, but I couldn’t play because of a FIFA rule. Now I’m 18, can play and I’m very excited.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – If not professional, then college in America.

Hobbies – Practicing with the ball, gym
Favorite Team – Barcelona
Favorite Player – Andrés Iniesta
Team in FIFA 14- Brazil or Bayern Munich

Erik HoltName – Erik Holt
Age – 16
Hometown – San Diego, California
Position – DEF
Previous Club – Surf

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – The level of play, caliber of player and it’s a MLS club.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – The talent level. Just how good the team was when I played against them.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Go to college and maybe become a pro.

Hobbies – Gym, training, beach, surfing
Favorite Player – Bayern Munich
Player – Pepe
Team in FIFA 14 – Bayern Munich

Austin TuckerName – Austin Tucker
Hometown – Brooklyn, New York
Age -14
Position – MID
Previous Club – FC Westchester

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Because my brother was here and he enjoyed it a lot. I want to share the same experience.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – My brother.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Play pro.

Hobbies – Music, soccer
Favorite Team  – Chelsea
Player – Marco Reus
Team in FIFA 14 – Borussia Dortmund

Mikey LanzettaName – Michael Lanzetta
Hometown – Bronx, New York
Age – 15
Position – MID
Former Club – FC Westchester

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – I came her for a trial and feel in love with the place.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – The environment of soccer every day. It’s 24/7.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Become a pro player.

Hobbies – Gold and ping-pong
Favorite Team – Juventus
Favorite Player – Cristiano Ronaldo
Team in FIFA 14 – USMNT

Avery FerraraName – Avery Ferrara
Hometown – Hammond, Louisiana
Age – 14
Position – DEF
Previous Club – Baton Rouge Soccer Club (BRSC)

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – To get better at soccer.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – When they won the U.S. Soccer Academy U-16 National Championship.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – To go to college and then become a pro player.

Hobbies – Soccer, golf and fishing.
Favorite Team – USMNT
Favorite Player – Cristiano Ronaldo
Team in FIFA 14 – USMNT

Alex ValdezName – Alex Valdez
Hometown – Maui, Hawaii
Age – 15
Position – FW
Previous Club – Matanusca Soccer Club (MSC)

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Everything is just good here. The player here are stronger and faster.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – Heard about them and saw them play. Then I came for a summer camp.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Major League Soccer

Hobbies – Dirt biking, video games and working out.
Favorite Team – Real Madrid
Favorite Player – Cristiano Ronaldo
Team in FIFA 14 – Barcelona

Luke NovickName – Luke Novick
Hometown – Mill Valley, California
Age – 16
Position – FW
Previous Club – Marin FC

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Just how good the players are here.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – I knew someone who was here.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Play college and then go pro.

Hobbies – Hanging out with friends.
Favorite Team – Chelsea
Favorite Player – Drogba
Team in FIFA 14 – Chelsea

Thomas ZiemerName – Thomas Ziemer
Hometown – Santa Rosa, California
Age – 17
Position  – MID
Previous Club – Dinamo Zagreb

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – I think it’s a good place to improve as a soccer player. Incredible facilities and a great coaching staff.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – The reputation as a soccer environment.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Play pro.

Hobbies – Movies, music
Favorite Team – Tottenham
Favorite Player – Sergio Busquets
Team in FIFA 14 – Tottenham

Josh TaylorName – Josh Taylor
Hometown – Anchorage, Alaska
Age – 16
Position – MID
Previous Club – Alaskan North Stars

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – A couple of friends from ODP spoke very highly of it.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – I came to the summer camp and improved a lot in just the one week I was here.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Play Division I then go pro.

Hobbies – Skydiving, fishing, hiking, biking, hanging out with friends
Favorite Team – Manchester City
Favorite Player – Neymar
Team in FIFA 14 – Manchester City

Corey BairdName – Corey Baird
Hometown – Escondido, California
Age – 17
Position – MID
Previous Club – Surf

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – I wanted to be on another high level team.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – Justen Glad helped convince me.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Go to Stanford, I’ve already committed.

Hobbies – Soccer
Favorite Team – Manchester United
Favorite Player – Mario Götze
Team in FIFA 14 – Chelsea or Real Madrid

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