Ugarte Sits Down for Q&A Session
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June 21, 2013

Following two seasons at Providence College, Marcos Ugarte is set to join second-year head coach Chaka Daley and the Wolverines. MGoBlue.com's Scott Kemps caught up with Ugarte, who has spent his summer playing for the Michigan Bucks and taking classes.

On the transition from Providence to Michigan ...
"I decided to leave Providence at the end of the winter term and I reached out to a couple schools, Michigan was high on my list because of my relationship with coach Daley, as he was my coach as a freshman at Providence and also a couple years of club. I knew what this school had to offer in terms of academics and even athletically. He was willing to take a chance on me. So far, it's been awesome."

On the guys he's meeting on the team ...
"I've hung out with Adam Grinwis a lot because he's my roommate for the summer and we are teammates on the Bucks. I knew TJ Roehn before because I trained over the summer with him last year in Florida, so I knew him and I've been hanging out with him. I've gotten to know Tyler Leppek and Dylan Mencia, and all the guys have been really cool and welcoming. I've been texting Tyler Arnone and Fabio Villas Boas Pereira, and everyone seems really excited for the season."

On the college lifestyle ...
"Spring is little lighter cause you're not taking a full schedule. I'm only taking two classes but it's good that I'm doing it because I'm getting adjusted to Michigan academics. At times maybe there's a road bump in terms of training or that I can't go to a game for my summer team, but spring term is finishing up and I still have a whole second half of the summer to focus on training. It's been good so far."

On his role with this team ...
"First and foremost, whatever coach Daly and the staff want me to do to help the team -- helping them improve and helping to win games -- I will do. I'm a midfielder, so whether that's attacking midfield or whether that's playing out wide, I'm fairly versatile so I can definitely play other spots. I'm looking to establish myself as a starter and contributor to score goals and add assists, and above all, help us win games."

On the experience he brings to the team ...
"I'm a junior now so I've got two years under my belt of what it's like to be at college. I have played in some difficult games at Providence so I kind of know the ropes a little bit. Playing in the Big East, one of the best conferences in the country, and I played a lot at Providence so I was in the mix. I hope to educate the younger guys and let them know what it's about, and how we're here to win championships and win games and not to just say you're on the soccer team."

On whether being here this summer will help the transition with new teammates ...
"I need to know my role at the same time, but I'm still a new guy for sure. I can let the younger guys know how the adjustment goes, because I have a little bit of a step up, not just because I'm older and I've played two years of college already."

On playing for coach Daley and with volunteer assistant Jhojan Obando at Providence ...
"I've always been coached by Daly since U15 Club level and he's definitely one of the best coaches I've had. It kind of shows why I decided to come here, a lot had to do with him. He gets it done, he wins games and we're looking to do that again this year. I like his balance in terms of how he coaches on the field but also the relationship with the players outside of the field. I think he's the right man for the job, no doubt and he's proven it in years past. Jhojan is awesome. I'm really glad to be with him, as he was, and still is, an excellent, excellent goalkeeper. I know he's still doing really well as a goalkeeping coach. He was one of the guys who kind of mentored me when I was a freshman at Providence up until last year and he had a heck of a season, so he knows his stuff without a doubt."

Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423


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