Rookie Zemanski Settles In

Ohio native looks to make an impact in the Goats' midfield

Less than six months ago, Ben Zemanski was just a college student.
His biggest concerns were math homework and dining hall food.  

But now, all that has changed. Now, he’s a professional soccer player.

After
an impressive run in preseason, Zemanski has been offered a contract
with Chivas USA for the 2010 season. He joins the Red-and-White on its
Supplemental Roster.

“It feels great,” Zemanski recently told
MLSsoccer.com. “I feel very grateful for them to give me this
opportunity. I’m just looking forward to the season and helping this
team out in any way I can.”

Zemanski was drafted 47th overall in
the 2010 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Akron, where he played
86 games. He served as captain for the team on several occasions and
helped lead the team to a place in the NCAA final in 2009.

“We’re
very happy to have Ben,” Chivas USA head coach Martín Vásquez said. “We
knew he had done well with Akron over the four years he played. He was
one of the pleasant surprises in preseason. He’s ready to help us.”

That
help will come in the midfield, which lost Jesse Marsch, Paulo Nagamura
and Sasha Victorine during the off-season. Zemanski’s quick,
no-nonsense style makes him well suited for the holding midfielder role.

“I
work hard, I keep the ball moving, and defensively I’m solid in the
midfield,” Zemanski said. “I can help guys out in front of me and
behind me.”

Now that he has earned his spot on the team, Zemanski has set his sights on winning a place on the gameday roster.

“I
want to make the roster every game,” he said. “I want to get some
minutes, and then some more minutes, and keep adding time.” 

Off
the field, the 21-year-old Ohio native has begun to look for an
apartment to share with teammate and fellow Akron alum Blair Gavin, all
part of adjusting to life in sunny Los Angeles. 

“I’m starting
to get used to the city,” Zemanski said. “The weather is unbelievable
every day. It’s nice to finally feel settled in.”