SoCal Player Chooses to Play in Atlantic Coast Conference

Roman Martin, a midfield playmaker from San Diego, recently committed to Wake Forest University.  Martin, who plays for the Nomads U18 Academy in the USSF, has just recently returned from Croatia, where had spent the summer training with the U19 program at GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

When asked about his decision, Martin indicated that a big part of the draw was the brand of soccer that is played at Wake Forest.  “It is an attractive attacking style  — on both sides of the ball – and that fits the way how I have been taught to play,” said Martin.  “Coach Vidovich also has a great track record of producing results and getting the most from his players, and that was important to me”

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At 6’1” and 160 lbs, Martin is viewed as a versatile player that can play higher up the field in a playmaking role or in a defensive role in the midfield or along the back 4.  In addition to training at Dinamo Zagreb, Martin has also played extensively in Brazil and Europe.  In the two previous summers, Martin played over 70 games for two different Brazilian clubs in Spain, Portugal, England, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Martin currently attends the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego and graduates in June of 2015.

Roman Martin, a U.S.-based player, try-out with GNK Dinamo Zagreb this week

TKS NEWS

by Carleton J. Brown

Roman Martin, a U.S.-based soccer player, was called in for a try-out with GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Martin has played internationally with several different Brazilian clubs, including having played over 70 games in England, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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Roman Martin, a U.S.-based soccer player, training with GNK Dinamo this week

Martin is the product of the youth development program at the Nomads Soccer Club in San Diego, California. Widely known as a midfield playmaker, Martin is 1.85 meters tall. In addition to his attacking prowess, Martin has a reputation as a formidable defender, bringing a big physical presence to the middle third of the field. Martin, who is 17 years old, is currently training with Dinamo’s U19 team. “It’s a privilege to train here with Dinamo Zagreb,” said Martin. “I understand and respect the long history of player development that has occurred here. No matter where you are from, that’s a big draw for any young footballer.”

The Zagreb-based club is commonly thought of as one of the leading professional clubs in Europe. What is drawing increasing attention, however, is the club’s success with its youth development programs, as well as its global reach. Players like Martin from the U.S. understand what it means to be part of the tradition of excellence at Nogometna Skola Dinamo.

The club is credited with producing a long list of big name stars like Luka Modric (Real Madrid), and recently the 17-year old sensation Alan Halilovic (FC Barcelona), among others.

Other Media Background:

http://www.socceramerica.com/article/53357/nomads-martin-invited-to-join-brazilian-club.html

http://www.soccernation.com/roman-martin-shines-in-europe-cms-4643

http://www.soccernation.com/san-diego-soccer-player-roman-martin-makes-a-splash-overseas-cms-3193

Recap: TKS Summer Football Camp July, 2014

Not even the rain, lightning and thunder kept the campers from going out and kicking this past weekend here in San Diego, CA. Over 20+ kickers came together for a TKS Summer Kicking Camp.

Students came from all over the United States and internationally. TKS had students from all corners of the country which included Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Oregon.

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Davey Last, University of San Diego kicker, works with TKS Campers

Nick Sloan, kicker for the Naval Academy, Davey Last, University of San Diego kicker and Ethan Swerdlow, former punter from Lafayette College were on hand to help coach the younger kickers.

“This was the best quality kicking camp we have ever had,” said TKS Director John Matich, “the professionalism and quality instruction from our coaches was outstanding, the campers definitely tapped their knowledge bank. This camp exemplifies our direct goal of having high quality instruction in a positive atmosphere.”

Owen White, from Central Catholic High School from Portland, Oregon was the camp MVP. Own won the field goal competition from 53 yards and gave a great push to the college kickers by making the finals. Nick Sloan, earned the title by kicking a monstrous 55 yard field goal.

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Owen White from Portland, Oregon, about to hit his 53-yard field goal!

“We really enjoy working with each individual student and family and guiding them through the process. We cherish our relationships as we foster our students to become the nations best kickers and soccer players.  By continuing with our private training and small camp settings, we can guarantee you no kicker stands alone.”

Owen White kicked a 53-yard field goal to win the kicking competition. Will Dwyer, TKS Camper, flew in from Boston, Massachusetts to attend camp. Will attends the Governors Academy one of the oldest prep schools in the country, founded in the 1700’s.

Bill Spinney, from Explicit Fitness (xplicitfiness.com), in Mission Valley was on hand to put the campers through a demanding functional based dynamic warm-up.  Campers performed stretching, functional core work, and joint integrity exercises prior to kicking.

The Kicking System is planning their next kicking camp for September 28th in San Diego, CA.

About The Kicking System

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boston College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach to unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

 Brazil Versus Croatia: Match Preview

Croatia-Flag TKS Staff Writer

On the opening day of the 2014 World Cup, the Croatian national team goes into Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo as heavy underdogs. As the host country, Brazil is favored in the opening match at 11-1 odds and will be playing in front of an expected home crowd of 65,000.

But the pressure may very well be on Brazil.  Although only drawing from a country of 4 million people, Croatia will field a talented, veteran-laden squad with nearly 1,000 caps among its players — and a lot to play for.

The Balkans have been hard hit by flooding from cyclone Tamara in recent weeks, and the Croatian players are expected to take the field on Thursday buoyed by a ground swell of emotion about all that their countrymen (and the region in general) are going through.  On top of that, the Croatian side benefits from a rich legacy in football and a strong commitment to player development from its professional teams.  For example, Croatia is one of several successor countries to Yugoslavia, which had a rich history of international success in football.  In fact, it is because of their longstanding success in football that Yugoslavia’s national team (or the Plavi) ironically became known as the “Brazilians of Europe.”  Now, the great soccer traditions of that country are being carried into this year’s World Cup by Croatia and Bosnia–Herzegovina.

Croatia, in particular, has a recognized history in player development.  Its leading professional club, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, is widely regarded as one of the top youth development programs in Europe.   A series of big name stars have come through Dinamo’s youth system, including Luka Modric who plays in La Liga for Real Madrid. Modric will be the triggerman for Croatia in the opening match.  Paired with Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic in Croatia’s midfield, Modric will be key if Croatia is to be successful in denying the Brazilians possession of the ball.

Another product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth system is Eduardo da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk).  In an interesting backdrop to the game, Eduardo is Brazilian born and made the move to Croatia to join Dinamo’s youth program.  Eduardo took up citizenship in Croatia in 2002 and is expected to see substantial action against Brazil due to the one-game suspension of Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, who received a red card in Croatia’s last qualifying match against Iceland.

Beyond Dinamo’s representation on Croatia’s side, their current U17 team is heralded as the best in Europe.  Other top professional clubs have taken notice. Most recently, FC Barcelona agreed to a deal to sign 17-year-old Croatia international Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb for an initial £1.8m.

Dinamo’s reputation in player development extends beyond Europe as well.  It has been reported that 17-year-old, U.S.-based Román Martin has been linked to a move to Dinamo Zagreb this summer.  Martin is a product of San Diego’s Nomads Soccer Club and will be enjoying his fourth stint overseas this summer having formerly toured Europe with two different Brazilian clubs. Other American players have garnered interest at Dinamo as well.  The draw of playing overseas continues to be the opportunity to be exposed to player development programs where there is an established track record of producing results like GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

When the opening match of the 2014 World Cup kicks off on June 12, no one should be surprised by the quality of play on both sides of the ball.  Croatia will field a team with not only depth and veteran experience, but also one of the best midfields in the World Cup. If Croatia can protect against the pace of Brazil on the wings, the opening game of the World Cup presents an intriguing early match up.

Flash News:  Set to take the field for Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, Ivan Rakitic is reportedly set to sign with FC Barcelona. Rakitic, who was rumored to have fallen out of talks with his current club Sevilla, is now supposed to sign a long term deal with the Catalan club. Other clubs such as Athletico Madrid and Real Madrid have also expressed interest in the Croatian midfielder.  But FC Barcelona seems to now be front runner for Rakitic’s services as a potential replacement of Cesc Fabregas.

San Diego Kicking Camp – December 1st, 2013 – La Jolla Country Day School – 9-12pm – john@kickingsystem.com

Former Minnesota Vikings kicker and the second leading scorer in Boston College football history  John Matich, announced today that The Kicking System will open their National Kicking Camp on Dec 1st. 2013 at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego. Matich and his professional staff of football coaches will host the one-day Kicking Combine and San Diego Kicking Competition.

Top High School Kickers in Southern California -June 2013-San Diego Kicking Coach John Matich

The weekend before the Fourth of July, was loaded with kicker and punters.  Temperatures soared over 100 degrees easily all weekend long.  San Diego Kicking Coach, John Matich nevertheless had 7 lessons, meaning TKS worked with over 20 kickers in the entire weekend.

On June 29th, Coach Matich, had three lessons which included, Owen who flew down for the weekend again from Portland, Oregon. Owen showed great improvement from our lesson from a few weeks ago, which showed us he had been working on his kicking homework. Owen, even sported the TKS T-Shirt – Special Edition #kickingsystem! By the end of the day, Coach Matich, was one tired puppy, temperatures topped over 100 degrees for most of the day.

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Owen from Portland, OR working on his field goals

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Roman Martin in action!

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Hunter from Robert Morris working on his kickoffs

On Sunday June 30th, it felt more like a San Diego Kicking Camp, starting with Roman Martin, who recently was featured in the La Jolla Light and San Diego Union Tribune. Here are the links to both articles (http://www.lajollalight.com/2013/06/16/young-shores-soccer-star-to-play-for-brazilian-team/)(http://hs.utpreps.com/news_article/show/266635). Roman is heading to Europe this week for the top youth soccer tournaments in the world, and was getting his last minute kicking adjustments.  Coach Matich also had a new student from Westview HS – Gabriel working in for the first time. TKS also had a few college kickers Hunter (Robert Morris) and Parker from (Howard) also got some work in, to name a few.  Coach Matich concluded his kicking camp weekend with sophomore Kyle from Santana HS (East County San Diego) – Kyle is on pace to become a Division 1 punter! Great workout session as he hit his first 4.63 bomb! #bombsaway.

TKS is looking forward to the Fourth of July week, which will include plenty of heat and kicking! This weeks word of the week is FREEDOM. When you are kicking — your technique should allow you plenty of freedom to swing your leg. If you are constrained and worried about missing the kick, you will miss, but if you allow your mind and body complete freedom, you will be much more consistent.
Coach Matich is looking to celebrate his FREEDOM with all his students from across the county. Happy Fourth of July!

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New student Gabriel working on his lockout

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach John Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, collegiate, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide due to its connections with several soccer and football coaches across several collegiate divisions. Along with kicking and punting instruction The Kicking System provides several strength and conditioning options to its students as well. John Matich is a former Boson College and professional kicker who is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System uses a unique approach to provide its students a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

Private Kicking Lesson: James Sherman – Montgomery, Alabama

The Kicking System had the privilege of working with high school kicker James Sherman on an individual session.  James is a rising senior, from Montgomery, Alabama.  Interestingly, James’s family are good friends with Bill Walton, (The former NBA Great) and staying at his house during their brief visit to San Diego.

James was referred to Coach John Matich through Bill Walton relationships with Sportsforce and Andrew Beinbrink (sportsforceonline.com).

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James Sherman at a private kicking lesson with TKS owner John Matich in San Diego, CA – Field Goals

James, who has worked with most of the established kicking coaches across the nation and is ranked very highly in most of the recruiting boards across the nation. He has heavy interest from LSU, Tulane, and Clemson to name a few.

Unfortunately, there was bit of wind during the session on a gorgeous day at St. Augustine HS in North Park, San Diego.  Nonetheless, it did not waver our work with James.

After a few kicks, Coach Matich, started to tweak a few key fundamentals. One of which was his foot placement.  James had a history of kicking in more of a wedge type of technique. Coach Matich pointed out how this was hindering his hip getting into the kick. After a few tweaks, James was keen on getting his hip into the kick and getting down field more.

After a few kicks, James was the first High School kicker to hit a football over the, “monster” at the Saints HS field. Coach Matich was bit surprised by his massive power and ended up hitting a neighborhood car. The funny part is that the ball landed in someone’s front yard, we never got the ball back because the neighbor confiscated the ball! Unbelievable!

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Working on his foot placement — 3/4 club!!

After a few more tweaks in the field goal form, James hit a few kickoffs.  He hit a 4.25, 4.09, 4.13 and a few a few yards deep from the 35 yard line – still working on his new foot placement.  James has great lift on his kickoffs and the best I have seen from a high school kid since Billy Bennett (Torrey Pines HS) and Jack Mitchell (Northwestern University).

Afterwards kicking coach John Matich got a chance to chat with James and his family. With a few recruiting tips, James left with plenty of homework and work to do over the next few months. There is no doubt we think James can be a Division I kicker and with a few more tweaks in his kicking technique the sky is the limit for his potential.

Coach Matich is planning to spread the word about James to his network of college coaches. Should be very interesting to see where he ends up playing his college ball!

Over the last few weeks Coach Matich has had kickers flying in from Portland, Oregon, — Mobile, Alabama, and Los Angeles, CA. The word is spreading! Slots are filling up fast!

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boson College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach to unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.