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Nomads' Martin invited to join Brazilian club
August 22nd, 2013 7:48PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, brazil, development academy


[AMERICANS ABROAD] Roman Martin has been invited to join the Clube Pequeninos do Jockey of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the club known for developing players like Kaka, Ze Roberto and Julio Baptista. Martin, a product of the La Jolla Nomads, is the first non-Brazilian to be invited to play with the club in its 38-year history.
After competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase in Dallas in June, Martin flew to Finland to join Clube Pequeninos do Jockey's team of 15- and 16-year-old players that began their European campaign in the U-17/18 division of the Helsinki Cup, where they lost in the semifinals in a shootout.

Martin scored six goals on the tour.

“Roman’s play this summer was spectacular," said Odir Martins, Clube Pequeninos do Jockey’s U-16 coach. "He is a highly skilled player with great vision.  For him to travel half way around the world and step into a new team and help us win at this level says a lot about the caliber of player that he is.”

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: August 22, 2013 at 11:50 p.m.
    Which of our national youth teams is he on ?
  1. Rich Lomanto
    commented on: August 23, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
    Once again, Southern California produces!
  1. Mike Lee
    commented on: August 23, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.
    I just saw another article also about Roman saying he and his team won gold in the Dana Cup and bronze in the Gothia World Cup.
  1. John Matich
    commented on: August 23, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.
    Seem him play --another national caliber Nomads's product. This kid has huge upside!
  1. Mary Hertel
    commented on: August 23, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.
    Sounds like this kid is creating a buzz in the international soccer community. Way to go!
  1. Branko Soccer
    commented on: August 23, 2013 at 7:54 p.m.
    Good to see the recognition --Roman Martin is one of those cerative midfielders that doesn't come along very often.

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