Selected with the No. 13 pick in the 2014 SuperDraft. Click on image to read the full article or see video on the front page. Congrats Marco.
Chino Hills, CA
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected with the No. 13 pick in the 2014 SuperDraft
WHAT COACHES SAY: "Played right back first three years and played centerback this year ... Versatile. Very good player. Calm on the ball. Technically clean, can play with good possession, shows good control of the ball. Quick enough, can hit the longer pass as well ... Probably a right back in MLS ... He can definitely push up. He's got some quickeness to him. Composed and quick. ... He had a good year this year as a centerback and they moved him there out of necessity. But he's a better outside back. He got forward as a right back and that was one of his best qualities to join in the attack ... Has no major weakness. Good and solid in all areas. Has speed, ahtleticism and good feet. ... Better at this age than Sean Franklin was. More skillful, better going forward, just as fast and good in the air. Pro material ... Good 1-v-1 defending, and can pass the ball really well. ... Great technically. Very smart. Very efficient with his play."
COLLEGE: 2013: Started all 23 matches for UC Irvine, second among field players with 2,134 minutes played... Helped the anteaters post 10 shutouts en route to the Big West Championship and a Sweet 16 finish in the NCAA tournament... Recorded two assists... Big West Defender of the Year... 2012: Started all 16 matches that he played... recorded two assists... 2011: Played 22 matches his sophomore season... Earned six assists... 2010: Played in 15 matches, earning four starts.
HIGHSCHOOL/CLUB: Sierra League MVP at Chino Hills HS... Two-time team captain... Played club ball with CZ Elite FC... Member of 2009 USYS national championship team
PERSONAL: Majored in criminology, law and society.