One Time Opponents, Now Teammates

March 19, 2018
By: Bryan Giese

If you haven’t seen the Milwaukee Torrent have a new kit design for the 2018 season. Bold blue and granite grey vertical bars are joined together by the encompassing circle of Leff’s Lucky Town. A great new look that will be proudly worn by an eager new squad of talent. Coach Davi and his staff have been hard at work putting together a men’s team that will showcase amazing individual talents, while bonding together toward a common goal. Recently announced, the Torrent have two new members that fans may recognize.

PARIS MARTINS – Midfielder

Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, Paris Martins has been playing club soccer since he was just five years old. Growing and fostering his skills while playing year after year for the Iowa Soccer Club, Martins truly appreciated his 13 years with ISC.

While in Iowa, Martins played several years for the Olympic Development Program (ODP), winning three regional titles and one National Championship. In high school, Martins continued his winning ways with three state championships. Paris was named first team All-Conference three years in a row and in his senior year he was the Press Citizen Player of the Year.

After graduation, Martins moved on to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Here he was a starter all four seasons, scoring 30 goals in that time. Martins was named first team All-Conference three times and second team All-Region his senior year.

Martins played one season of PDL for the Springfield Synergy before moving on to play two seasons in the UPSL with the Muskegon Risers. A fan favorite there, Martins was named team MVP both seasons. He just completed spending his winter playing indoors for the Risers of the MASL2. Here Martins led the team in goals with 11.

Martins spent his time recently training for the upcoming Torrent season. “I work out twice a day, once in the morning on the treadmill, and again at night for strength training,” says Martins. “I couldn’t be happier to be coming to Milwaukee to play for Coach Davi.”

ALEX BRADLEY – Midfielder

Starting out as a left back in England, Alex Bradley played for the Watford and Milton Keynes Dons Academies before giving way to spells with Luton Town and Stevenage Borough.

Bradley came to the United States where he found himself playing college soccer for Loras. As an attacking midfielder or forward for the last six to seven years, Bradley is a versatile option for Coach Davi and his staff. While at Loras, Bradley made All-Conference, All-Region, and NCAA All-Tournament teams and received an All-American award.

In 2016 Bradley played the summer for the Madison 56ers and the last nine months he has been with the Cedar Rapids Rampage of the MASL. For the 2017-2018 season, Bradley appeared in 15 games, netting 10 goals and helping on nine others.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time playing indoors with the Rampage,” says Bradley, ‘but I cannot wait to get back to playing outdoors. I am very excited for the opportunity to come to Milwaukee and help the team anyway I can. I think my willingness and eagerness to learn, and my drive to improve as a player, every single day, on and off the field, is the biggest asset I can bring to the Torrent this season.”

Opponents turned teammates

While at Loras, Alex Bradley played a few times against Wartburg College and Paris Martins. The two players were recently asked about that experience.

“Paris was a really good player for Wartburg,” states Bradely. “We knew he was by far their biggest threat offensively, so we always tried to put our most athletic player on him to man mark him the entire match. It was still tough to keep him contained. He is a fantastic player.”

When Paris Martins was asked of his time playing against Loras, Martins stated “Alex Bradley? That boy can hold anyone off the ball. He is one strong man, but man can he finish. He’s scored a lot of goals for his school, and was by far the best player on his team, without a doubt.”

The two former opponents are very excited to be on the same team this summer, and are looking forward to getting to Milwaukee soon.