The University of Michigan recently added two IMG alumni to their current 2009 Men's Soccer roster, Alex Martinez and Seung Tak Nam.
Martinez, a native of Vancouver, B.C. Canada spent the fall of 2008 at IMG training with Marcello Carrera and the Under 19 boys. While Martinez had the physical attributes to play Division 1, proper development of his technical ability needed to be critiqued and improved. Under the care of Carrera and Director of Coaching Tom Durkin, Alex quickly improved and was prepared to head to Ann Arbor. Michigan head Coach, Steve Burns said the following about Martinez on the Wolverine website. "Martinez is a versatile left-footed attacking player; he may be one of the best on our team at playing the high striker position and rolling off his mark with his first touch to find his shot. He has quick feet and is very technical. Because he enrolled this semester and is presently training with our team, he's adapting nicely to the college game."
Seung Tak Nam was a three year student of the Academy and also played two summers for Coach Durkin on the Bradenton Academics PDL team. Nam was instrumental during his time here, contributing to a Dallas Cup Championship, Sunbowl Championship and earned team recognition as MVP and team caption. Nam's talents earned him a spot on the University of Central Florida Men's Soccer team where he started 15 matches and contributed well to the team. After two seasons at UCF, Nam has moved on to joining the Michigan lineup and we are confident that we will make a positive impact. The Michigan website quoted Burns on Nam stating, "Nam is a technically gifted midfielder, with great awareness, he plays with veteran-like composure and does a great job of connecting the field. His relentless work ethic and soccer intuition allow him to break up many attacks in the middle of the field, which will be a huge asset to this team."
We wish the best of luck to Martinez and Nam in Ann Arbor.