Alex plays for our Rapids South 08B Select I and Champions League, Premier I teams as a center-midfielder. He’s known by his teammates as an exemplary Rapids player who always showcases a positive attitude on the pitch. Alex consistently works to improve all areas of his game and is often selected by coaches to lead the team in practices and on matchday. Overall, Alex has shown dedication to improving on and off the field, the ability to build trust with teammates, and the desire to grow in his role by always asking for feedback from his coaches.
This October, Alex will be presented with a plaque and a gift card to acknowledge his achievements. We spoke with Alex to learn a bit more about him. Check out the full interview below!
What influence has soccer had in your life?
Soccer has promoted a healthy lifestyle, encouraged leadership and team development, and led to international travel and appreciation for other cultures and styles of play.
Why do you believe that you were nominated for this award?
Recognition for hard work over the summer and beginning of the season, further development of skills and techniques from camps.
What do you enjoy most about playing for Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club?
Friendships that I have made and further development as a player
What soccer accomplishment are you most proud of?
Being invited to a Real Madrid camp in Madrid last November, competing at a high level at a residential camp with Chelsea outside of London, and making the EDS team this year.
What academic achievement are you most proud of?
Qualifying for state in TSA, NHD, and being accepted to the National Junior Honor Society (and unanimously nominated by classmates for the leadership role within NJHS)
How do you think your teammates would describe you?
Smart, decisive with the ball, great vision, great at distribution, and a fantastic knuckle shot.
What is something that shows your exemplary character, commitment to sportsmanship, community involvement, etc..?
During my residential camp at Chelsea, I acted as an older brother to a nine-year-old at the camp (assigned to his house, and was the youngest player at the camp). Throughout the camp, I provided support and encouragement for Marlon, to the extent that several weeks after the camp ended and players had gone home (Marlon to Switzerland), his mother reached out to me to thank me directly for helping Marlon adapt to camp life. She relayed that every time Marlon talked about camp, he mentioned me in a very positive way, and she ended the conversation by extending an open invitation to me to visit their home any time he’s in Switzerland.
What’s your favorite soccer player and team?
N’Golo Kante and Chelsea
What do you hope to pursue in the near future?
Who inspires you and why? This can be someone famous or someone you know personally!
Mr. King, my science teacher. He always pushes me to think of innovative ideas and not settle for anything less than my best.
What else do you enjoy outside of playing for CRYSC?
I enjoy spending time with my friends, playing pool with my grandfather, and playing guitar.
Since 2018, CRYSC and UCHealth + CU Orthopedics and Sports Medicine have worked together in an effort to grow the safety and health resources that are available for Rapids Youth players and members.
As our partnership strengthens with UCHealth, we want to work together to highlight the amazing players within the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club with a monthly ‘Player of the Month’. Check out the criteria and nominate any players that deserve to be highlighted by UCHealth and CRYSC on the UCHealth Player of the Month page.