Player Spotlight – Michael Wetungu
Vardar U16 Academy Team defender, Michael Wetungu, has been with Vardar for the past six years. We caught up with him for a few Questions & Answers.
- To date, what is your favorite memory of Vardar? Winning the Manchester United Cup and representing the US in Shanghai, China (all expenses paid by Nike)
- What are some of your individual and team accomplishments?
Selected to MI ODP, made the Rochester Adams High School Varsity Soccer Team as a freshman, selected and a starter on the Vardar U16 Developmental Academy Team, invited/attended two id2 Regional Camps, invited to and played on the U17 Men’s National Winter Showcase Team in December 2013.
Team Championships/Accomplishments (starting defender):
2013 U15 US National Qualifier
2013 U15 Region II Champions
2013 U15 State Cup Champions
2013, 2012 Annandale Premier Cup Champions
2012 U14 US National Qualifier
2012 U14 Region II Champions
2012 U14 State Cup Champions
2012 MRL Premier League Champions
2011 U13 State Cup Champions
-Recently you attended the U17 National Camp and played in some games in Bradenton. Please describe your experience.
It was great playing with the some of the best players, learning my strengths and weak points. I also realized how hard I have to work/practice to improve my performance on the field to become better.
-How did the U17 camp help you develop as a player?
I learned it takes a lot of practice to become an exceptional defender. I must work hard, focus on technical skills and work on areas that the coaches’ identified I can improve on. Practice whenever I have a chance.
-How has playing in the Vardar Academy prepared you for this kind of experience and exposure?
Playing with Vardar academy has given me the opportunity to play against soccer players with equal talent or better that helps me to become a better defender. The team has exposed me to good competition and college coaches.
Upon graduation from high school I would like to play soccer for a Division 1 school. I am extremely excited about my abilities to play for a top tier school.