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Marco Terminesi Forced to Injured Reserve List with Serious Illness

2010 February 17
by Brian Quarstad

The Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer team announced today that they are placing Marco Terminesi on the injured reserve list because of a serious illness. The release states that the former Thunder goal scorer may have a brain tumor.

The Woodbridge, Ontario native has returned to Canada for extensive testing and observation. He has missed five of the Wave’s last six games with symptoms of nausea, headaches and vertigo, playing only on Jan. 23 against Baltimore. He is on the injured list for five games, making him eligible to return on March 7.

“Words cannot describe how much we miss Marco’s presence each and every day, more for who he is than what he has done,” said Wave coach Keith Tozer. “He and his family are in our prayers, and we look forward to his return to the Wave in the very near future.”

In a letter to teammates on Monday, Terminesi said doctors believe he has a tumor on the pineal gland in the center of the brain. The type of tumor and its status is unclear, he said. Doctors believe the best course of action is to observe him for six more weeks, then perform another MRI to see if the tumor has changed size or shape. A biopsy comes with risks because of the location of the gland and the tumor, Terminesi said, so doctors want to pursue other options first.

Photo by Jeremy Olson

Doctors aren’t positive the symptoms are related to the possible tumor, Terminesi said in the letter. The original diagnosis was an inner-ear infection, but as symptoms lingered and worsened, doctors performed tests and found the irregularity.

“I am in good hands here and you know I will be jumping up and down every time you guys score and win a game,” wrote Terminesi in the letter to his teammates. “No matter how much pain I am in I will come down there and hold the trophy with you guys when you win it.”

Matt Schroeder, VP of Communications for the Wave, said emails and well wishes can be sent to Marco at

IMS and its readers send our best to Marco for a speedy recovery. I personally would love to see him back on the field at NSC this summer wearing a Stars uniform and tormenting opposing teams with his speed, commitment and goal scoring prowess.

11 Responses
  1. FlashyAndy permalink
    February 17, 2010

    Agreed. I was REALLY hoping for him to be one of the first Stars signings. All the best to him and here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

  2. February 17, 2010

    holy smokes
    i am floored
    i love seeing this guy on the field
    all the best to marco

  3. thesuperrookie permalink
    February 17, 2010

    This will not derail the M-Train.

    Get better!

  4. Greg permalink
    February 17, 2010

    SR’s right. I actually feel sorry for the tumor after Marco finishes with it. Best wishes for a speedy recovery Marco, we miss you in MN.

  5. February 17, 2010

    Marco is a great player and an even better person. Sending major positive vibes his way so he can get back on the field ASAP!

  6. Soccer Boy permalink
    February 17, 2010

    This is terrible news. I will keep Marco in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Neal aka Lightning Striker permalink
    February 17, 2010

    Peace and futbol, my friend.

  8. Jeff Wolter permalink
    February 17, 2010

    Funk Tumors, and all that kinda stuff! 🙁

    More goals are in his future.

  9. Demolition Man permalink
    February 17, 2010

    Get well Marco.

  10. dizzy dollars permalink
    February 18, 2010

    We all got your back homey ! stay positive, you’ll be on the field slicing and dicing fools up in no time !!!

  11. meghalbagel permalink
    February 27, 2010

    Marco wont fight the tumor….the tumor will realize its messin with the wrong guy and go away!!

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