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Published on 04/03/2009 12:15 pm   (Last Updated 04/03/2009 12:15 pm)
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Thunder Signs Defender Marcus Watson
Minnesota Thunder News Release
Blaine, Minn. (April 03, 2009) -- The Minnesota Thunder announced today the signing of defender Marcus Watson to a three year contract, pending USSF approval. Watson, who has spent time with both the U20 and U18 US National Teams, has joined the team immediately in preparation for the Thunder’s season opener on the road against the Carolina Railhawks on April 11. The Thunder will play four games on the road before returning to Minnesota for the home opener on May 2 against the defending champions, the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Watson signed a one year contract with Leicester City Football Club in England during the 2007-2008 season. As a member of the U18 Academy team, Watson was rostered in two reserve games while at Leicester City. The 19-year old decided to forgo college to pursue his opportunities as a professional player.

“Marcus is a young, athletic and technical outside defender that likes to join the attack,” said Thunder head coach Donny Gramenz. “I believe he will adapt well to the professional environment and develop into a great player for the Thunder.”

Watson most recently participated in league and cup games with Hollywood United, a high level amateur team based out of Hollywood, California.


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