The Quakes recently announced the signing of goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski to a Homegrown Player contract. Here are six things to know about the Quakes’ newest player:
- Marcinkowski is the club’s first-ever Homegrown Player signing at the goalkeeper position and third overall, following Tommy Thompson in 2014 and Nick Lima in 2017.
- He hails from Alamo, Calif. and attended De La Salle High School, the same as Chris Wondolowski, where he was on the high honor roll.
- He has represented the U.S. at various youth levels, including at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017.
- Marcinkowski is widely regarded as one of the best amateur goalkeepers in the country and was even selected as the U.S. National Team’s fourth-best keeper prospect and the only one who hadn’t already turned pro.
- Among his collegiate awards are the 2015 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, 2015 BIG EAST All-Academic, 2015 BIG EAST First Team, 2015 All-BIG EAST Tournament Team, 2016 BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, 2016 Preseason All-BIG EAST, 2017 BIG EAST Second Team, 2017 All-Tournament Team, 2017 BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
- He led the Hoyas to their first two BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championships in their history in 2015 and 2017.