2015 Vermont Voltage

2015 Voltage Players Profiles

Andre Bernardini

Nick Name: Andre
Date of birth: 02/21/1996
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brasil
College/High School: University of South Carolina Aiken
Position: Goalkeeper
Biography: Born in Sao Paulo, Brasil, I started playing goalkeeper at age 3. Since then, I have played for several clubs in Brazil. At age 18 I moved to United States to play at University of South Carolina Aiken, my head coach told me about the voltage and I came here to play during the summer. I have always looked up to the European soccer, and goalies there as well.
Season Goals: Improve myself on the field. Help the team to reach full potential. Have a good summer, and fun at camps.
Favourite team: Real Madrid
Favourite player: Iker Casillas
Role Model: My mom and dad
Favourite Movie: Lone Survivor
Favourite Book: Capitaes da Areia by Jorge Amado
Favourite Food: Sushi
Dream Vacation: To spend a summer in Hawaii
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Quote: Difficulties prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destinations

David Giddings

Nick Name: Dave
Date of birth: 10/4/1993
Hometown: Newburgh NY
College/High School: Saint Peters University / Newburgh Free Academy
Position: Goalkeeper
Biography: Height:6’3 Weight:195 Played in U.S. Soccer Development Academy wit PDA before attending college.
Season Goals: Train and play well enough to play pro after the summer.
Favourite team: FC Bayern Munich
Favourite player: Manuel Nuer
Role Model: Older Sister Jessica
Favourite Movie: Anchorman
Favourite Book: Old man and the sea
Favourite Food: Chinese Food
Dream Vacation: Bora Bora
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Quote:

Ivan Acimovic

Nick Name: Kica
Date of birth: 31/01/1995
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
College/High School: University of North Georgia
Position: Striker; Left/Right Winger; Attacking midfielder; Left back
Biography: Clubs: Sindjelic; Obilic; Rad; Brodarac (All Belgrade, Serbia) National Team: Part of National Team of Belgrade U10 Season 2012/2013 18 goals and 10 assists for Youth team of FC Broadarac in First Youth League of Serbia
Season Goals: Improve myself on the field. Help the team to reach full potential. Have a good summer, and fun at camps.
Favourite team: Red Star (Belgrade); Barcelona
Favourite player: Messi; Therry Henry
Role Model: Messi
Favourite Movie: Montevideo Bog te video
Favourite Book: Orlovi rano lete
Favourite Food: Goulas; Sarma; Gibanica; Jagnjece pecenje
Dream Vacation: Ibiza
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Quote: Never Loss, just Lecture

Keenan Douce

Nick Name: Kangaroo
Date of birth: 11/04/1995
Hometown: Portsorell, Tasmania
College/High School: St Brendan Shaw College
Position: Wing
Biography: I am an Australian college soccer player in the US. Going into my junior year and I like long walks along the beach. My former club was Devonport City Strikers.
Season Goals: To improve as a player.
Favourite team: Liverpool FC.
Favourite player: Steven Gerrard.
Role Model: My mother and father.
Favourite Movie: The Castle.
Favourite Book: Harry Potter.
Favourite Food: Cheese
Dream Vacation: Italy.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Quote: “Be yourself because everyone else is taken”.

Kevon Farquharson

Nick Name: Kev
Date of birth: 7/19/1993
Hometown: St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
College/High School: Mount Mercy University
Position: Midfielder
Season Goals: Score a lot of goals and help my team to the best
Favourite team: FC Barcelona
Favourite player: Ronaldhino
Role Model: My Mom
Favourite Movie: Accidental Spy
Favourite Book: To Kill A Mocking Bird
Favourite Food: Jerk Chicken with Rice and Beans
Dream Vacation: Barbados .
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” .

Luis Manta

Nick Name:
Date of birth: 10/08/1994
Hometown: Chandler Arizona
College/High School: University of San Diego
Position: Center Midfield
Biography:Sereno Soccer Club (Arizona); Nacional Club de Futbol (Uruguay); Indiana Invaders (PDL); Saint Louis University (NCAA D1); University of San Diego (NCAA D1);
Season Goals: To become a better soccer player.
Favourite team: Arsenal
Favourite player: Luis Suarez
Role Model:
Favourite Movie: Finding Nemo
Favourite Book: Kane & Abel
Favourite Food: California Burrito
Dream Vacation:
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Quote: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars” Martin Luther King Jr.

Luka Pauk

Nick Name:Pauk
Date of birth: 1/14/1992
Hometown: Split, Croatia
College/High School: West Virginia Wesleyan College / Elektrotehnicka skola Split
Position: Goalkeeper
Biography:: Height – 6’6”, Weight – 194lbs, getting Bachelor’s degree in Sport Business and Master’s in Business Administration Season Goals: Recover from my shoulder injury and concede 0 (zero) goals
Favourite team: Hajduk Split
Favourite player: Diego Armando Maradona
Role Model:Gianluigi Buffon
Favourite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favourite Book: Harry Potter
Favourite Food: Anything Italian
Dream Vacation:Split, Croatia
Favorite Color: White
Favorite Quote:“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Mark Benson

Nick Name:Marko Polo
Date of birth: 7/25/1981
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
College/High School: St. Marks High School, Goldey Beacom College
Position:Left Midfield, Left Defender
Biography:: College: Goldey Beacom College NAIA: ECAC Finalist, CACC Champion, 2002 NAIA National Tournament, 2002 Region X Champion, 2001 NAIA-CACC Independent Region X Final, 2000 CACC Quarterfinal, and the 1999 CACC Quarterfinal
Professional Career started in 1998 trough 2000 he was asked to train with USISL 3rd Division Delaware Wizards Professional Team of the United States International Soccer League until the team folded in 2001. In 2000 he appeared in 2 friendlies.
Mark signed to the Vermont Voltage of the United Soccer Leagues “USL” 4th Division in January 2002 and continued to perform for the club until September 2006. After tryouts with teams such as Philadelphia Kixx, and the Baltimore Blast in the MISL, and Harrisburg City Islandsers of USL Division 2, and Philadelphia Union MLS he returned to the Voltage in 2011 as the teams Assistant GM / Director of player development, and player for the team. He has represented the Voltage now for a total of 10 seasons. Season Goals: This Season I want to really help a lot of the younger players gain valuable experience by setting an example for them to follow. Also I look to help our team Capitalize and win all of our home matches, any way that I can.
Favourite team: Whatever current team I am playing on, or coaching.
Favourite player: Derek Bujak
Role Model:My Parents
Favourite Movie: Rudy
Favourite Book:
Favourite Food: Coffee Ice Cream
Dream Vacation:My hometown with my friends and family all together.
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Quote:"If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, where are you going to find time to do it over?"Joe Benson

Pero Dzakic

Nick Name:Kuka Junior
Date of birth: 01/23/1995.
Hometown: Belgrade
College/High School: Cowley College.
Position:Center Back, Right back.
Biography:: I’m from Belgrade Serbia , I started playing soccer when I was 7. I have played for 2 different clubs in Serbia , now I playing for Cowley College. Season Goals: Every next game be better than last game.
Favourite team: FC Bayern Munich
Favourite player: Philipp Lahm.
Role Model:My Parents
Favourite Movie: Goal
Favourite Book: I’m Zlatan Ibrahimovic’’
Favourite Food: Everything
Dream Vacation:Ibiza
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Quote:"Yesterday is history , Today is gift , Tomorrow is mystery!"

Petar Djurdjevic

Nick Name:Peca
Date of birth: 22/02/1995
Hometown: Belgrade
College/High School: Oklahoma City University
Season Goals: To stay healthy and enjoy the soccer
Favourite team: Real Madrid
Favourite player:Cristiano Ronaldo
Role Model:My Parents
Favourite Movie: Goal! The Dream Begins
Favourite Book: Na Drini Cuprija
Favourite Food:Grilled Chicken
Dream Vacation:Bora Bora
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Quote:"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it’s all that matters"

Renato Skoko

Nick Name:Reno
Date of birth:21/11/1994
Hometown: Siroki Brijeg
College/High School: Illinois Central College
Position:RIGHT Back, Right Wing, Center Mid
Biography:: Played for NK SIROKI BRIJEG academy(Bosnia and Herzegovina youth Premier Ligue) for 10 years. During that time we won ligue 5 times and we won Cup 2 times. After that, last year I transferred too Illinois Central College which is D1 Junor College. At my first season at ICC we won our Region Championship and District as well. After that we qualified to Nationals tournament. Our season record was 18-3-0.
Season Goals: Win every game
Favourite team:Borussia Dortmund
Favourite player:Dario Srna
Role Model:Luis Suarez
Favourite Movie: Lord Of The Rings
Favourite Book: Kraljevic i Porsijak
Favourite Food:Chipotle
Dream Vacation:Hawai
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Quote:"It’s not about how hard u hit, it’s about how hard u can get hit and keep mowing forward"

Robert Poirier

Nick Name:Rob
Date of birth:11/2/1995
Hometown: Old Lyme, CT
College/High School: University of New Havene
Season Goals: Develop and help my team as much as possible, Score Goals
Favourite team:Real Madrid
Favourite player:Karim Benzema
Role Model:Andrea Pirlo
Favourite Movie: The Wolf of Wallstreet
Favourite Book: I Think Therefore I Play
Favourite Food:Curry Chicken made by Kevon
Dream Vacation:Amsterdam, Holland
Favorite Color: Silver
Favorite Quote:"Everything that we are, is a result of what we have thought"

Bo Vuckovic

Nick Name:Big Cheese
Date of birth:07/17/1970
Hometown: St.Albans, VT
College/High School: Franklin Pierce University
Biography:: I grew up in Belgrade where i played for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Partizan Belgrade FC. I was a member of yhe Youth National Team of the former Yugoslavia. I Moved to the US and attended Franklin Pearce University where i still hold he scoring record. After my college career i played for multiple indoor and outdoor pro clubs where i achieved being an all-star and New Englend Hall of Fame in 2010.Right now i try to spread my soccer knowledge all around the beautiful state of Vermont.
Season Goals: Stay Healthy
Favourite team:Partizan Belgrade
Favourite player:Maradona
Role Model:My Mom
Favourite Movie: Once Upon a Time in America
Favourite Book: Life of Saint Sava
Favourite Food:Serbian Food
Dream Vacation:Adriatic Coast
Favorite Color: Brown
Favorite Quote:"Harder i work, the luckier i get"