Know Your Strikers: James Marcelin
Strikers newcomer James Marcelin signed with the club on July 7th. Marcelin, 28, has accumulated more than 20 caps at the senior level for his native Haiti. Along with Strikers teammate Stephane Guillaume, Marcelin participated with Haiti in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Marcelin started his career with Roulado FC in Haiti, winning the league title Clausura in 2003. He also played for one of Haiti's best clubs, Racing Club Haitien, before joining the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division where he made consecutive CONCACAF Champions League appearances in 2008-09.
A year later in December 2010, Marcelin moved to the Portland Timbers where he started 22 of 25 regular-season appearances during the USSF Division-2 Pro League before the Timbers eventually transitioned to the MLS in 2011. Marcelin also played one season with FC Dallas in 2012 after being released by the Timbers.
Marcelin has made two appearances for the Strikers. He was named to the NASL Team of the Week for his performance in the Strikers 1-1 draw with the Cosmos last Saturday at Lockhart.
Here's our Q&A with James:
1. Name one favorite moment that stands out in your soccer career ...
JM: Every time I go up to the Haiti National Team and then when I come back to the MLS team, the coaches and teammates approached me and ask me how was the game. I always feel proud about a moment like that.
2. If you were not a soccer player, what other profession do you think you would have pursued?
JM: That's a tough one because I don't think about it too much, but I would probably be in the Navy.
3. What is your favorite hobby outside of soccer?
JM: I play video games, like to watch movies and maybe go the mall and walk around.
4. Do you have a favorite music genre you listen to? Any favorite singer and/or band?
JM: I enjoy listening to Haitian music and Jamaican music and in general a variety of music.
5. Any favorite sports besides soccer?
JM: I like to watch women's volleyball and I also like basketball.
6. Which professional soccer league in the world do you consider to be the best?
JM: The Premier League in England.
7. Do you have a favorite soccer club -- or one that you may have cheered for while growing up?
JM: Portland Timbers. I like the organization and the way the club is.
8. Who is your favorite soccer player?
JM: Patrick Vieira.
9. Who has had an impact in your soccer career and how?
JM: Peter Germain who was one of the best Haitian players. When I was growing up, I watched him a lot and I also got to play with him in the national team.
10. What is your favorite food here in South Florida?
JM: Haitian food is all over the world. I like my native food.