Gaining confidence to not only play soccer but to continue playing was a challenge for me growing up, as I always thought “I was never good enough.” Choosing to play soccer rather than being forced to, was what really pushed me to keep going. I started off playing at a developmental team where I never fit in. Alongside this, growing up, I was extremely insecure about myself and had really low self-esteem and confidence, conscious of every action. I stood separate from the rest and always wondered if what I was doing “fit in.” I never realized at the time that fitting in was the wrong path and that being your true unique self would lead you to success. This would be a pivotal moment in my life as I had no direction with my life, but knew I wanted to make my parents proud and be something. As a result, with my drive, compassion, and heart I turned everything around and became the player I am today, who captains his club travel team and plays on the varsity soccer team at his High school. I am always driven to improve and is determined to take my game to new heights. Going into every game and practice, I give everything I have to offer and leave my heart out on the field. Not only am I hard worker on the field, but a leader on and off, pushing myself and my teammates to play until the last whistle. Winning the division undefeated 5-times in a row, moving up a division after each, winning the Long Island Cup, being the captain of my club team for the past two years, and making the High School Varsity soccer team my freshman year made me a player who gets up after every fall no matter what.
I consider myself ball-hungry and is always looking to help my team in any way. I know that no one is perfect, but I make sure to listen and try to perfect what wants to be done and do everything I can to improve. Similar to others I always look forward to a win, but in order to win you have to know how to lose and I take every loss on my back and look to fix every mistake. My mentality is that with every shot I miss in a game, I make that shot 10 more times at practice to make sure I never miss that shot again. I take all this energy I put on the field into school as well, attending school everyday and using my brains on the field in class as well. Remaining humble, always having a positive attitude, and simply being committed is instrumental towards success and this is what separates me from the rest. I would talk about my speed and goal-scoring ability, but all these physical abilities are qualities anyone can have so looking more into a person gives a greater definition of who they really are. Thus, I am open to attending any college around the U.S. to play. I aspire to join a team with the same mindset as mine and help them succeed however I can, making both an immediate impact on the field and in school. A team that I can help turn the game around and bring up a notch, as a key ingredient to the recipe is where I want to be. A place that takes soccer way more than a sport but as a lifestyle and a team that becomes family, is more than I could ask for.