Brian Groark

Brian Groark
Brian Groark
Brian Groark
Real Name: Brian Groark
HT: 5' 9" WT: 150
Age: 27 (02/08/1990)
Hometown: Florissant, Mo.

What Scouts Say: "Hard worker ... Based on his size and his position, he might have a chance ... Taller, good engine, fit. And works his tail off ... Decent enough player. Is he going to be rangy enough, hard enough and good enough positionally? ... But he's a guy who can fill in there size wise and be a box-to-box guy ... A No. 6 or a No. 8 ... Like a Wil Trapp ... He's a link, connector, efficient in possession ... Technically gifted with a good range of passing ... Touchline to touchline guy ... Fairly mobile ... Top guy fitness-wise and can carry a load  ... Sleeper pick ... Fairly athletic and good in the air ... A good leaper ... His dad was a pro ... Good soccer IQ ... Strong personality ... Needs to have a little bit more higher level of concentration and urgency on the defensive side ... Tends to check out at certain moments of the game and has a tendency to overplay in certain moments but those are all things that can be fixed ... He's got a big upside ... Doesn't get most notoriety because he 's a No. 6 ... Big guy in the middle. Pretty disciplined and played simple, effective ... Solid enough but doesn't stand out ... Solid, good size, played within himself ... He's a big part of how they play ... Good size but is his quality good enough? Don't know how it translates to MLS ... Very good college player ... Mature and very comfortable on the ball ... A pivot guy, a good passer on dribble. Nice player ... Could surprise people because people may not know about him."

College (SIU-Edwardsville)

2012: Second team All-Missouri Valley Conference performer ... Started all 20 games for SIUE ... Sixth on the team with seven points, scoring two goals to go with three assists ... Tallied the game-winning goal against UMKC (9/9) with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation ... Led the Cougars from the central midfield position ... Also named to Honorable Mention All-MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

2011: Tied for second on the team in assists with four ... Scored only goal in 3-2 loss at UIC ... Tied for fifth in shots with 24.

2010: Finished second on the team in assists with four ... Recorded goals in wins over Bradley and Central Arkansas ... Started 18 games ... Finished with 19 shots, eight of which were on-goal.

2009: Redshirt

2008: Scored first goal of his career in 2-0 win at IPFW on Sept. 14, a game-winner ... Appeared in 11 games.

Prep: First team All-State and first team All-Metro in 2007 ... First team All-Metro Catholic Conference as a senior ... Three-year varsity letter winner for soccer ... Four-time honor roll student.

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