JT Marcinkowski

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This week on Here’s What We Know, we dive into the fascinating world of professional soccer, featuring our guest, JT Marcinkowski. From his childhood in Alamo, California, to defending the net for San Jose Earthquakes, JT shares his inspiring journey and gives us an inside look at what it takes to be an amazing goalkeeper.

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In this Episode:

  • Learn about how goalkeepers are no longer just shot-stoppers but integral playmakers on their teams.
  • Understand why positioning is as critical as reflexes when it comes to making those game-saving blocks.
  • JT shares insights on how other sports influenced his goalkeeping skills, particularly baseball and basketball.
  • Listen as JT discusses the challenges and stereotypes associated with height in goalkeeping and how he overcomes them.
  • JT candidly addresses the mental challenges faced by goalkeepers—the pressure of being the last line of defense—and how he works continuously with sports psychologists to maintain focus during games.
  • An in-depth discussion on how changes in soccer rules have affected gameplay strategy over time, particularly for goalkeepers, who now participate actively in building up plays rather than just waiting to react defensively.


“​​Sports is a huge part of my life. I love baseball. I love basketball. I love soccer. It was everything.”  ~ JT Marcinkowski

“I think a lot of people kind of describe keepers as being pretty weird and I think it takes a special sort of person to want to get hit by the ball instead of get out of the way of the ball.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“Reflex is a huge part of it but, I think more than anything is just positioning and just being prepared and being ready for the shot because the higher level that you get to, the quicker that the forwards can score. The quicker that gets off their foot, you don’t really have much time to think or to, you know, you’re just reacting out there.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“I’ve had to learn a lot of different things just because I’m not 6’7, I’m 6’1 on a good day. So that’s the, uh, you know, that’s the body that I’ve been given. I think that’s the, I can do a lot of things that maybe those taller guys can’t, or, you know, the bigger guys who play in goal just don’t have the same ability as I do.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“ I think definitely speed and pace can differentiate some players.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“Everything I try to do is to make it look easier than it actually is. Because, you know, that’s, what gives everybody confidence around you. That gives your teammates confidence. When they look back or when the goalkeeper makes the save, if it looks easy, everybody’s like, okay, no problem. Sure. That was, maybe it was a hard shot. Maybe it was tough, but he made it look easy. All right, let’s go out and get another play.” ~ JT Marcinkowski

“I’m trying to anticipate; I’m trying to read the game to make sure I’m in the right position to make the safe.” ~ JT Marcinkowski


James Thomas “JT” Marcinkowski is a professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes.  JT played for the Georgetown Hoyas for three seasons, from 2015 to 2017, where he achieved a 0.84 goals against average (GAA) over 56 appearances.

In his final season at Georgetown, he captained the team to a 2017 Big East Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament championship win, his second with the team. He also played two games for the USL PDL side, the Burlingame Dragons. Marcinkowski signed a Homegrown Player contract with the MLS side San Jose Earthquakes on December 6, 2017, after spending four years prior to his college career with the team’s academy. He was San Jose’s third-ever homegrown signing to the first team, after Tommy Thompson and Nick Lima. Marcinkowski was then temporarily loaned to San Jose’s USL affiliate, Reno 1868 FC, and played his first game for the team in Reno’s 3-4 loss to Swope Park Rangers on March 17, 2018. Marcinkowski has played for the United States men’s national team at multiple levels, earning 24 caps between the U14 and U18 levels. In 2017, he played for the U20 squad, at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

JT was named to the final 20-player United States under-23 roster for the 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in March 2021.

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Shea Salinas

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This week on Here’s What We Know, our host Gary Scott Thomas had a candid conversation about the fascinating world of soccer and being a man of faith, featuring our guest, Shea Salinas, known for his remarkable tenure as the winger of the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Join us as we explore Shea’s journey into soccer and personal growth through family life. Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Discover Shea’s remarkable story of how he got into soccer.
  • Shea shares the sacrifice made by his parents to support his dream.
  • Hear about the evolution of soccer’s popularity across small towns in America and insights into something he aims to address through coaching education and retention strategies for soccer.
  • Hear about family dynamics and how Shea balances his children’s screen time with creative outdoor play for development.
  • Listen to Shea’s first professional game experience, where he played against iconic figures like David Beckham.
  • Be inspired by how faith changes Shea’s life to be peaceful and stable and how he acts as a role model to his teammates.


“It’s an extremely accessible sport. You can be any size and play the sport.”  ~Shea Salinas

“I think autonomy comes out of necessity. It’s a survival.” ~Shea Salinas

“Just know your value. Know where you’re needed.” ~Shea Salinas

“Being a man of faith, being a Christian, is about having a relationship with God.” ~Shea Salinas

“Our life is so dependent on how well we perform.” ~Shea Salinas

“My faith has really allowed me to have this like stable joy, hope and peace, and it’s not dependent on all of these things.” ~Shea Salinas

“The reason He came is because He knows we were not going to do that perfectly. We’re all going to fall short of that standard and we’re all going to have temptations and we’re all going to be selfish. So that’s why Jesus had to come is, to like give us mercy and grace, so that we could be closer to God.” ~Shea Salinas

“He made water into wine. But he did it all with a purpose. And that’s how I want to live. It’s like, man, I want to have fun and have abundant life. I go out with my teammates, but I want to do it with a purpose. I want to build a relationship. I want to point people to how we should treat others and how we should be kind.” ~Shea Salinas

“I think it’s biblical to put your wife first or your marriage first, but it’s also counter-intuitively, it’s what’s best for the kid because they see stability. They see this safe place, this safe relationship that they could put their trust in.” ~Shea Salinas

“the sacrificial joy. It’s the counterintuitive life that the Bible calls us to. When we make sacrifices, we actually receive great joy.” ~Shea Salinas

“Every scientist at this point would say that the earth had a beginning, that creation had a beginning. And that statement alone should give you faith in a creator because that means if it had a beginning, something had to start it, something had to have been outside of time, something had to have been extremely intelligent, something had to be everlasting and all-powerful and something had to be really kind to give us this place where we could live.” ~Shea Salinas


Shea Salinas is a distinguished professional soccer player known for his remarkable tenure with the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Shea has built a reputation as a versatile and dedicated midfielder/winger. He began his professional career in 2008 when he was selected 15th overall by the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS SuperDraft.

Throughout his career, Shea became a fan favorite for his relentless work ethic, speed, and ability to deliver precise crosses. He played a crucial role in the Earthquakes’ successes, including their memorable Supporters’ Shield victory in 2012. Known for his leadership both on and off the field, Shea has been an integral part of the Earthquakes’ squad for over a decade, making over 300 appearances for the club.

In addition to his club career, Shea is recognized for his community involvement and dedication to charitable causes, embodying the spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork. His contributions to the game and his community have left an indelible mark, making him one of the most respected players in the league.

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