Marcus Tracy, 29, officially signed on board with SoccerViza this month, taking on the role of Director of Business Development and Creative Content.
Marcus, one of the best and most respected collegiate soccer players in recent memory, had his professional career cut short by injury, and has since worked closely with Major League Soccer in their digital media department.
Marcus won the highest collegiate award in the country, the Hermann Trophy, in 2008, one year after winning the College Cup with Wake Forest. With MLS options available, Marcus took his career to Europe, where he signed with Danish giants Aalborg BK, making his debut and earning his first assist in a UEFA Cup game against Manchester City.
Seen as a dark horse contender for the USA’s 2010 World Cup squad, Marcus was called into the team’s January camp, but was forced to withdraw due to knee problems that eventually forced his retirement in 2013, after attempting a comeback with the San Jose Earthquakes.
“Marcus is someone I’ve known for a long time,” SoccerViza Founder and CEO Joe Funicello said.
“We played together and against each other growing up, and he’s someone I’ve long held in the highest regard. He is someone I’ve always called family, and now it just makes sense that he officially becomes part of the SoccerViza Family. He brings with him an incredible array of ideas, connections, and motivation to help SoccerViza become a household name around the world.”
SoccerViza attendees of recent Danbury combines in 2015 are already familiar with Marcus, having met him and observed his video footage of the events, some of which was cut into a promotional video that has since garnered over 127,000 views.
"I know all about Joe's path to becoming a professional soccer player,” Marcus stated.
“It's an incredibly compelling story about grit and desire. The vision he has for this company creating smarter players, creating opportunities, couldn't be more authentic, because he lived it, struggled with it, and now wants to change that system and help players navigate through it. After seeing that vision and passion, I was excited to come on board to assist in moving this company forward, and help work to give players of all different abilities a chance to make it in this game at some level; if that's what they dream".