WASHINGTON - Georgetown University men’s soccer junior goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle) signed a Homegrown Player Contract with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer (MLS) this week. Marcinkowski will forgo his senior season and is officially a member of the Earthquakes.
“This is a dream come true,” said Marcinkowski. “Ever since I began playing soccer, I’ve been wanting to be a professional soccer player and I’ve told everyone that my entire life. I know I have plenty of work to do, but it’s only going to get better. At the moment, it’s a nice realization that dreams do come true and if you work hard enough, you can get where you want to be.”
Marcinkowski played every minute in goal for the Hoyas this season and was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree as well as a Third Team All-Great Lakes Region selection. The two-year captain had a 0.72 GAA with 68 saves and eight shutouts on the season. He was the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on three occasions and also earned three nods to the honor roll the year.
In his career he has earned two All-Great Lakes Region awards including a nod to the second team in 2015. He was a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree and the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors during his rookie campaign.
In his time on the Hilltop, Marcinkowski has amassed a 33-15-7 overall record with 194 saves and a 0.84 GAA. His 21 shutouts rank him fourth in program history. His nine shutouts in 2015 sit him at third on the all-time season listing while his eight in 2017 rank him fourth all-time.
Marcinkowski has been a member of the U.S. National Team Pool since 2010. He has earned 26 caps for the U-14 through U-20 national teams with 13 shutouts to his credit. With the U.S. Team, he has won the 2014 International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic, the 2013 Niigata International Tournament in Japan and the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
In the spring of 2017, Marcinkowski took the semester off to train exclusively with the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team. He played and trained in Costa Rica with the squad, and was on the U.S. roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.
As a homegrown signee, he has been in the San Jose system for a number of years. Marcinkowski was a three-year captain and four-year starter in the Earthquakes’ Academy. The Homegrown Player Rule is a program that allows MLS teams to sign local players from their own development academies directly to MLS first team rosters. To place a player on its Homegrown List, players must have resided in that club's home territory and participated in the club's youth development system for at least one year, as well as meeting other unspecified league requirements.
Marcinkowski is the third player in GU program history to sign a Homegrown Contract, joining Brandon Allen (C’15) and Alex Muyl who signed with the New York Red Bulls in 2015. Wiese has now had 17 players be drafted or sign with an MLS club in his tenure on the Hilltop. He has had at least one player drafted or signed by an MLS club every year for the past six seasons.
“I'm extremely proud of JT and he deserves this opportunity. He is as ready to tackle the challenges of being a professional athlete as any player I've worked with,” said Wiese. “JT has been our starting goalkeeper for the past three seasons, and we will miss his steadying presence in back. He leaves very tough shoes to fill. What I’m most proud of is that he will be continuing his education and is committed to graduating with a Georgetown degree.”
The goalkeeper will continue his Georgetown education despite leaving campus early following in the footsteps of three former Hoyas. Joshua Yaro of the Philadelphia Union and Muyl are both still in the process of obtaining their degrees while playing professionally. Former midfielder Ian Christianson was drafted in 2013 and earned his degree in 2015.