South Carolina men's soccer signees Eric Martinez and Alex Long were named to the 2009 PARADE All-America High School Boys Soccer Team, as announced by the publication in its June 14 edition.
The reigning North Carolina state player of the year, Martinez (D/MF, 6-2, 180, Fort Mill, S.C. /Providence Day N.C.) was also named an ESPNRISE.com All-American, an NSCAA Adidas High School All-American, and is listed by ESPN.com (RISE Magazine) as one of the top 10 recruits in the country. Martinez is a member of theU18 U.S. Men's National Team, plays with the Region III Olympic Development Program and has earned numerous all-conference, all-region and all-state honors during his prep career.
Long (GK, 6-3, 200, Cary, N.C./Green Hope) also earned NSCAA Adidas High School All-America honors, while he also garnered all-state accolades during his prep career. He is a member of the U18 U.S. Men's National Team, is a member of the Region III ODP team and plays club soccer for the CASL Chelsea FC Academy.
"Eric and Alex are tremendous athletes and great competitors. They will certainly have an impact on our team going forward," USC head men's soccer coach MarkBerson said.
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South Carolina begins its 2009 season in late August with an exhibition contest at Stone Stadium against High Point University.
The PARADE All-America High School Boys Soccer Team was founded in 1979, and has featured several athletes that have played at the collegiate and professional levels.