HOW ACQUIRED: Signed to a Homegrown contact on March 4, 2014
A two-time Canadian U-17 Player of the Year, Marco Carducci joined Whitecaps FC’s MLS roster on March 4, 2014 after spending two and a half years with the club’s Residency program. The Calgary, Alberta native made 40 appearances in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) since joining the Whitecaps FC Residency program in September 2011, recording 14 clean sheets during that period.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
2014: Carducci allowed just two goals in four appearances with Whitecaps FC during the 2014 preseason.
UNITED STATES SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
2013-14: As a member of the Whitecaps FC U-18 squad, Carducci has posted two clean sheets in his four USSDA appearances so far this season. 2012-13: The Calgary native started 19 of 21 regular season games he played for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency, with four clean sheets on the season. 2011-12: Carducci started 13 of 15 games for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency, and he amassed a 10W-4L-0D record, with eight clean sheets on the season.
U-18: In November 2011, Carducci took part in a 10-day training camp in San Jose, Costa Rica with Canada’s U-18 development squad. U-17: Carducci, who was named Canadian U-17 Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, has recorded eight caps with the Canadian U-17 national team. He won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship, starting all four matches and recording a clean sheet in the tournament opener against Trinidad and Tobago. In October 2013, Carducci also started all three matches for the Red and White at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The Calgary native was Canada’s player of the match in a 2-2 draw with Austria and a standout in their 1-1 draw with Iran, who launched 23 shots towards the goal and 12 on target. U-16: At the age of 15, Carducci earned his first call-up to a Canadian youth national team in 2011 under head coach Robert Gale.
Carducci's accomplishments throughout his youth career are impressive. He started his soccer career with Calgary's MSB United (2000 to 2005) before a brief spell with MacKenzie FC (2005 to 2006). He then joined Calgary Villains FC for a five-year spell (2006 to 2011). Carducci has also represented the province of Alberta from U-13 to U-16 levels, while he represented Western Canada at the 2008 Danone Nations Cup. As a member of the Alberta U-14 provincial team, Carducci earned a bronze medal and was named top goalkeeper at the Canadian U-14 All-Star Championship in 2010. Carducci also trained with the Canadian Soccer Association's National Training Centre (Prairies region) program in 2010 and 2011. The goalkeeper has already earned several individual awards in his young career. They include the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the 2007 Calgary All-Star Game and being named top U-14 goalkeeper (2008-09) and top U-16 MVP (2010) at Calgary Villains FC. It was also in 2010 that Carducci claimed Calgary Villains FC's 'James Dobson Memorial Trophy' for leadership and example. Carducci was also named as the Umbrella Academy Whitecaps FC U-16 Player of the Year in 2013.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Carducci's parents are Maria and Luciano Carducci. The goalkeeper also has a brother named Alessandro. As a student in Calgary, Alberta, Carducci attended Monsignor Neville Anderson Elementary School (2002 to 2008) before spending one year at St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary Junior High School (2008-09) and then attending St. Margaret Junior High School (2009 to 2011). He currently attends Burnaby Central Secondary in the twelfth grade. The goalkeeper also carries dual Canadian and Italian citizenship.
When the 6-foot-1 goalkeeper spends time away from soccer, he enjoys biking, running, reading, watching soccer, and spending time with his family and friends. The goalkeeper loves Italian food and watching his favourite team in Italian Serie A giants S.S. Lazio. His favourite player is Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. He dreams to one day play at the legendary Italian stadium, Stadio Olimpico, and BC Place, the home of Whitecaps FC's first team.