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Bijan Akhtarzandi-Das ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • Washington International School
  • WASHINGTON, DC
  • Men's Soccer
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Bijan Akhtarzandi-Das's Men's Soccer Recruiting Profile
Club:
Arlington Soccer Association
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
155
Dominant Foot:
Right
Age:
16
Prim. Position:
Def Mid
Sec. Position:
AM
Mile Time
5:26.0

Personal Statement


Currently a sophomore with a 3.52 GPA (6.15 based on my school's International Baccalaureate (IB)7-point system). I want to continue a high standard of education and stay with my school's focus on building global leaders, learners, and citizens with a mindset of giving back. My school and my soccer passion suit me as I am a child of this world: globally infused in culture as an American with Indian, British and Persian heritage. Soccer is a global sport and I love it. I would like to play pro or at a highly competitive level. I have been told I am a very patient and giving person. I mentor younger players and find enjoyment in sharing my love with the younger generations.

I started my passion for soccer at the age of 4 by sneaking on my twin sisters' Coed U8 team! Since 10 years old I have travelled abroad to Europe each year to elevate my soccer IQ. I have been to Portugal, Belgium, Holland, and Denmark. I have played against European academies like PSV, Club Brugge, and Ajax. My idol like so many kids is Lionel Messi and his team (Barca). The link - Johan Cruyff was from Ajax, brought Ajax "rondo" style to FC Barcelona, even had his kids attend my school! And competing against Ajax at U11 awoke my awareness to how beautiful this game can be when played at a high level of game awareness and quality of play. I've taken from that experience the drive to make myself a student of the game, learn from everyone (even coaches I did not understand) and be a better player because they play at such a higher level than we play here in the US. All this has made me a smarter player, a more patient player, and a team player.

One of my strengths is my versatility. I have played from U14-U17 Left Back, Center back, Defensive Mid, Attacking Mid, Left and Right Winger.  I am a team player, and can step up and be an asset to my team and be willing to do what is needed. This year, I earned the Co-Captian role for my team. I played the #6 and #8 most of the shortened COVID season, but was asked to draw on my past defensive role and play Left Center back in the 2020 U17 Virginia State Cup final to fill in for our teams injured starting Left Back!

Athletics

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 3 seasons
  • 2020 Arlington Soccer Association (Academy U17 2004 Boys DA )
  • Notes: Play various positions in order of frequency #6, #8, #10, optionally as needed #4 or #5. team Co-Captain, Starter - typically playing 60 to 75 minutes per match. Finalist in Virginia State Cup U17 Boys. Tied Final 4 v 4 to loose in Penalties.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 Arlington Soccer Association (2004 US Development Academy Boys )
  • Notes: EDP Boys U16 Atlantic Development League #2 Seed overall, Ranked #1 South Atlantic Averaged 2.23 goals per game. Finalist 2019 Virginia State Cup. Positions played for Coach Matt Badiee #6, #8, #10.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Arlington Soccer Association Academy (VA) (US Development Academy )
  • Notes: 2016-2017 Season. Played Left & Right Back and some Holding Mid (6). 2017-20118 Season Played 2, 5, 6 mostly. Then 2018-2019 Season. Played mostly 6 (def Mid) , as well as 2 and 5 (Left & Right Back), occasionally 7 & 11 (winger). My current coach - Oscar Feliu - style of coaching is much like my past 5 years. His background is from Barcelona Spain and coaches in the Spanish Soccer Federation style layered under the US Soccer methodology for the US DEV Academy.
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Matt Badiee
  • Club Coach
  • Oscar Feliu

Academics

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High School Information

High School:
Washington International School
State:
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Phone:
000-000-0000

Academic Accomplishments

Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
No

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Freshman 1st and 2nd Semester First Honors
  • Activity
    • SING
  • Activity
    • PIANO
  • Activity
    • GO KART RACING
  • Activity
    • LIKE LANGUAGES - speak English
  • Activity
    • Spanish & Chinese

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