July 8, 2011

U.S. soccer star has big choice: UCLA or Liverpool

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Marc Pelosi, regarded by many as the top high school boys soccer player in the United States, thought he had finished his recruiting process when he verbally committed to UCLA.

Now, however, he has a much-bigger decision: Liverpool F.C. has offered him a chance to go pro and join one of the world's top organizations.

"It's a great feeling," he told topdrawersoccer.com.

And a big decision for the 17-year-old from Sunnyvale, Calif.

"I have been told the current Barcelona coach said that, 'If you don't go to Barcelona, the second-best place to develop is at Liverpool.' It's a great, top notch organization," he said.

"Right now, I want to make sure that wherever I go I am in the right place where there is a balance between training and playing high-level matches. And I want to ensure I can continue my education."

He has said he hopes to decide in the next few weeks. If he turns pro, he will join the development program of the English Premier League club.

Pelosi, 6-0, 170 pounds, can play both defender and attacking midfielder with the type of skills that have made him the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012 by topdrawersoccer (see top 100).

He has been a regular on U.S. national teams for years and joined the residency program in Bradenton, Fla., in the fall of 2009. He was the captain of the team when the U.S. advanced to the Round of 16 in the FIFA U-17 World Cup earlier this month. He had two goals and two assists to help the U.S. qualify for the event.

"It's a great feeling knowing that the work I have put in the last few years, and especially the last two years in the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, has paid huge dividends," Pelosi said. "I think it has been a great benefit being able to play against professional and International teams, as well as playing in big stadiums in front of large crowds."

And while life in Europe may be daunting for some 17-year-olds, it wouldn't be for Pelosi. He was born in Baden, Germany.

According to the report, he has spent many summers in Europe competing with youth teams. He also competed with the Borussia Monchengladbach club based in North Rhine-Westphalia.



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