Mark Linnville

Mark Linnville
Mark Linnville
Mark Linnville
Real Name: Mark Linnville
HT: 6' 1" WT: 170
Age: 29 (04/28/1991)
Birthplace: Hendersonville, North Carolina
Hometown: Boone, N.C.

Centerback and team leader for Princeton, known for his long throw-in technique.

What Scouts Say: "Centerback that is solid at every aspect of the game ... Leader and organizer ... Has an effective, long throw-in … Plays simple ball, but can play long ball if needed ... Pretty tough, but not really special athletically … Really good college player ... Doesn't possess high-end pace, size, technique or power ... Not lightning fast, but doesn't get himself into jams and puts himself in good spots ... Timing is good ... No one standout quality, but his overall game is good at a high level ... He plays a pretty safe and mistake-free game ... Feet are not good enough for a move to midfield in MLS ... Smart player -- good from the neck up and might be worth a flyer."

College (Princeton): First-team All-Ivy for all four years at Princeton. Only 8th player in Ivy League history to achieve the feat ... Team captain for two years (2011 and 2012) ... Played in every single game during his Princeton career, including starting all 18 matches as a freshman in 2009.

Club: Played PDL with Carolina Dynamo ... Played four years of club soccer with Greensboro Soccer Club ... Greensboro won the North Carolina Premier League and were state cup semifinalists ... previous club experience with the Charlotte Soccer Club.

High School: Played his freshman and sophomore soccer at Watauga High School, helping the team to a 27-19-1 record ... Played his junior and senior years at North Carolina School of Science and Math and helped the team to a 36-8-3 mark ... A three-time captain ... Scored 38 career goals and 46 career assists ... Collected 19 goals and 20 assists as a senior ... NCSSM won the 2007 state championship and were conference runners-up in 2008 ... Watauga was conference runner-up in 2006 ... Named the 2008 Conference Player of the Year.

Personal: Parents are Ric and Barbara Linville ... father ran track at Florida in the 1960s ... has three brothers, Maxwell, Cameron and Collin and one sister, Neta ... Originally a prospective pre-med, he's majoring in religion ... Involved in Princeton Faith and Action on campus ... Vice president of Ivy Club.


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