Things I love most are my family, friends, God and SPICY, LIP-NUMBING foods. I love the arts and enjoy writing poetry and spoken word, painting, sketching and enjoy listening to all genres of music. Soccer has been a part of my life since I was born. I started training with Eryck Avila twenty years ago before he opened Avila and went on to play as a starting center-back at Concordia University. In 2013, after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, I gave my life to Christ which radically changed me. Shortly after, I moved to Xai-Xai Mozambique, Africa for two years to serve as a homeschool teacher, coach and small group leader at Celebration Church. I started and coached the church’s very first youth soccer program which included a competitive youth soccer team of 22 boys ages 11 to 18 and soccer small groups of at least 45 kids. I plan to return to Africa after attaining my masters in social work and start orphanages. Currently, when I’m not a skills trainer at Avila, I am mentoring youth at my church and in an organization called Reset mentoring that give hope and a second chance to incarcerated teens. My passion is to empower, equip and encourage the next generation (our youth and our children) to reach their full potential of becoming influential leaders around the world.
Top 3 teams I support:
I am definitely a supporter of the USA women’s soccer team, for their incredible victory over this past world cup and the amount of blood, sweat and tears that has been put into developing the team. I believe the USA women’s team who developed legacy-making legends like Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Michelle Akers. I believe to make the best soccer teams and the best players it takes determination and meticulous dedication to development of skills, and even character. These legends, like Michelle Akers, laid the foundation for the growing popularity and support for women’s sports in this country and around the world. Stories like Michelle Akers, who overcame debilitating illness to becoming one of the greatest women soccer players of all time inspire players to push through and never give up no matter the challenges we face. It’s the history of women’s soccer and the individual victories that inspire me as a coach to empower my players to let nothing, not even themselves, stop them from reaching their dreams.
FC Barcelona because, well, Lionel Messi is one of the most skilled and successful players of all time. I don’t care what people have to say, his success and ability speaks for itself. I’m a Lionel Messi supporter not just because of his out of this world technical skills but he is also a great example of overcoming challenges. Messi was born with growth hormone deficiency yet he is the only player to have won five FIFA Ballons d’or, first player to win three European golden shoes, won 8 La liga titles in and four UEFA Champions league. Although growth hormone deficiency has many negative effects such as diminished lean body mass, social withdrawal, loss of strength, and stamina, he has overcome by becoming one of the most skilled and strongest players in the history of professional soccer. His story is inspiring and shows that God created us to be overcomers and he gives us the strength to do so even when we don’t realize or recognize it’s Him.
Manchester United because my brother is die hard and he knows the world of professional soccer better than I do. Family is important to me, plus my brother and I are extremely close, so I blame him for getting me into supporting Manchester United. Plus, Rooney and Pogba are pretty dope players too.