Coach Zimmerman Helps Kick Local Teen Into Pro Soccer…
In August, the Soccer Club of Oceanside, known as the Oceanside Breakers, will celebrate its 40th year. The Breakers program serves approximately 2000 children annually, ages 4 – 18, with a comprehensive, inclusive and educational soccer program. The program provides both a recreational and competitive environment.
This summer, players, coaches and staff will keep one eye on Mexico City, as one of their own begins his journey toward a life in professional soccer.
Heron Martinez, 17, is training with the under 20 (U20) team of Club America, a professional football club based in Mexico City. Club America competes in Liga MX, the top professional league in Mexico. Martinez, has been a part of the Breakers program since he was 9 years old.
Later this summer, when Martinez turns 18, the 5’8″ forward will officially join the Club America U20 team. He will be one call away from joining the parent team and competing against the top players in Mexico.
Frank Zimmerman, Director of Coaching for the Breakers for the past 22 years described the excitement about Martinez joining Club America. “We are proud of the meaningful, well-rounded experience the Breakers have provided to Heron. Heron is dynamic, explosive, quick on and off the ball and a very technical player.”
“Heron is a special player,” coach Z continued. “He works hard in practice, and has a unique combination of knowing when to shoot, pass or dribble. He has the ability to shoot with spin, with power or with placement, yet is willing to let go of the ball when the game requires him to.”
We wish Heron the best of luck and will keep you updated as his career progresses.
Zimmerman, completed his 22nd season as head coach of the Oceanside Pirate boys’ soccer team. The Pirates finished 17-4-6, winning the Avocado East League Championship before losing 2-1 to Valencia High in the CIF So. California Boys’ Soccer Championship.
Several Pirates will be continuing their soccer careers. Leading scorer Donovan Wilson will be playing at Cal State Northridge, Angel Villalobos at Stanislaus State, Connor Daugherty at Holy Names University and Jake Gerardi at Azusa Pacific (where he will also play football). Several others will continue their careers at MiraCosta College.
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