My name is Thomas Zimmerli and I am from Lagrange, NY. Soccer is my passion but I also like volunteering, fishing, hiking, skiing, and spending time with my family and friends. I am a hardworking, coachable, and dedicated person that is willing to adapt to any environment. I believe in staying positive and putting the team ahead of my own interests.
I play soccer for FC Malaga City NY, part of the USL- Academy structure. I am a starting center midfield player for their USL development team. I have been a starter in the midfield for the past 4 years with our NPL program in the Hudson Valley, NY. I am co-captain of our team and was also co-captain for my high school team last year. In 2020-2021 I attended school at FC Malaga academy because of Covid-19. This allowed me to be in a classroom with my team mates and also learn online. I would play soccer 2 hours everyday before school, then focus on academics. The school also allowed me to study abroad in Spain and continue to play in a highly competitive environment while in Spain last year. These aspects of my daily and weekly routine last year, help differentiate me academically and athletically from other candidates. In 2021-2022 I will return to Arlington High School but play soccer with FC Malaga City.
Soccer is a huge aspect of my life and very important to me because this is where I can let my feelings out and be myself. I am looking for a college that will challenge me to be the best person I can possibly be both on and off the field. However, I also understand this school needs to fit my playing style and academic goals. In addition to soccer, I am also looking for a group of lifelong friends and mentors that I can relate to and develop with.