Author: John Gall

Sam Garza named as Interim Head Coach

Former MMFC standout Sam Garza has been named Interim Head Coach, taking the reigns from long time leader, John Gall.

Garza, had a plethora of awards during his time as a Marauder between 2005 and 2008.  He was a varsity starter for four years, scoring both goals as a freshman in a 2-1 play-in game vs Plano to help secure a playoff spot for Marcus in 2005.  He broke the school scoring record as a junior in 2007 with 26 goals, helping Marcus FC to it’s first ever State Title, a National Championship and an unreal, flawless 30-0-0 record.

“I cannot wait to get started.  This program has been such a big part of my life and am so thankful for the opportunity of leading this incredible place”, beamed Garza.

In 2008, Garza, as captain, led the Marauders to Back-to-Back State Championships (making Marcus FC one of only three teams to do so in UIL Boys Soccer history), claiming the State Championship game MVP and Gatorade State Player of the Year, along with All-America and UIL All-Century team accolades.

“I am thrilled and so proud that Sam is taking my place.  He was not just a superb player, but the complete player for me.  He was ultra competitive, determined, passionate and a fantastic teammate.  I will never forget him putting in that winning shootout (in the 2007 State Championship Game vs Plano West), exactly the way we worked on it for weeks prior.  He was incredibly coachable and when you have your most talented player as the example for everyone else, it made our environment unstoppable, and we were”, said John Gall.

Garza represented the US Men’s National U20 Team and was drafted out of UC Santa Barbara as the 6th overall pick in the 1st round of the MLS Superdraft by the San Jose Earthquakes.  He most recently played for Arizona United in the USL.

The Marauders head into the 2017 season in great shape with a tremendous senior class and a group of talented underclassmen.  They will be looking to extend their amazing playoff steak to 26 years in a row – no matter the sport or the level, that is simply special!

Gall leaves for full-time Director of Coaching position with FC Dallas

It is with great sadness that we share today that John Gall, our head coach since 2001, has been offered and accepted a full time position with the professional club FC Dallas, ending his time in charge of the Marauders.  We wish him all the best!

Gall, compiling a record of 276-71-42 (including a 41-13 UIL playoff record) in his fifteen years at the helm, guided the Marauders to a National Championship in 2007 and Back-to-Back State Titles in 2007 and 2008.  Sam Garza (2008) and Zach Barnes (2010) we named Gatorade State Player’s of the Year under his tutelage.

“This is a very bitter-sweet time for me.  I love this program and letting go is very painful but, like I have always said to my player’s, when an opportunity presents itself, go get it”, stated Gall on his offer from FC Dallas.

Gall led the Marauders to 15 straight years in the playoffs, that has grown their consecutive streak to an incredible 25 years in a row.

“Marcus FC has been a massive part of my family’s life.  I am proud of what this program has accomplished and am I proud of the position that the program is in as I am leaving.  This place has always been full of awesome people and this place will continue to be successful because of all the awesome people still in it”, added Gall.

A search for a new head coach will begin immediately with Gall helping with a smooth transition.

“I only will ever want the best for this program and these kids.  There are so many, many players that gave everything they had to help build this program into a special place and I will never forget them”, Gall concluded.

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Gall receives LEF award…

Head Coach John Gall had been awarded by the Lewisville Education Foundation (LEF)  for Changing Children’s Lives.  Gall received most donations to LEF from students and parents last year among all educators in Lewisville ISD.

“I am certainly honored to receive this award from LEF, who do such an incredible service for our district”, stated Gall.  “I am thankful to those who donated to LEF on my behalf, and am privileged to be part of such a fantastic community”, he added.

Gall is beginning his 16th season with the Marauders.

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2016/17 season about to start…

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The last weekend of summer is upon us as the players return Monday for the beginning of the 2016/17 season.  Even though January seems a long way off, it’ll be here before we know it.  Its going to be another exciting year for the Marauders with an abundance of talent returning from last season.

Stay up do date with our off season here at marcusfc.com and at our twitter handle @marcusfcdotcom

MMFC!!

All-Area 2nd Team

Senior striker Jackson Bradford (District 6-6A Offensive MVP) has been named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area 2nd Team.

Bradford scored a team high 13 goals this season in a break-out season.  Bradford started his MMFC career as a holding defensive midfield player, but his pace and power began to see him move forward, causing havoc for many defenders.

Jackson Bradford

“Jacko has been brilliant this season and I’m so proud of how he stepped up this season.  He is a handful and will certainly continue to cause defenders trouble at the college level”, steated head Coach John Gall.

Bradford has an offer from NCAA D1 Houston Baptist to play collegiately.

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Congrats Jacko!

All-Area Defensive MVP

If being District 6-6A Co-MVP was not enough, senior captain Landon Plunkett has now captured the Dallas Morning News’All-Area Defensive MVP.  With 12 shutouts in 21 games, Plunkett, who has committed to play at Harvard non-other, was an absolute rock for the Marauders this season.

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Plunkett guesses right and saves a penalty against Flower Mound in the Marauders’ 3-0 district win

“The accolades just keep pouring in for this kid, who absolutely deserves all he gets”, said Head Coach John Gall.

Plunkett, who comes on a long list of superb MMFC goalkeepers, will leave some pretty big shoes to fill…but the Marauders might have found the next in a freshman who did not concede a single district goal this season for our district champion JV1 team!

Senior Captain Landon Plunkett
Senior Captain Landon Plunkett

Congratulations Landon….awesome!

Marauders fall 2-0 to Coppell

The Marauders’ 2016 campaign came to a disappointing end Friday night as they lost 2-0 to the Coppell Cowboys.  A jittery start to the game saw the Marauders find their feet and create two great goalscoring opportunities, but it was Coppell who took advantage of their chance and were 1-0 ahead with two minutes left in the first half.

The second half was a lethal blow for Marcus as Coppell got on the score sheet early, which proved to be the end for the Marauders.

Marcus have certainly plenty to look back on this season.  The 2016 team has left lasting memories and have done themselves and their program proud.

Congratulations to Coppell.