Andrew plays for our Rapids 04B South Select I team as a forward, where he has scored 4 goals and assisted 1 in his first 5 games of the season! This year, he was selected to play with the Rapids 03/04 EDS team as one of only 3 juniors on a team populated by senior players. With a passion for the game and dedication to improving every day, Andrew has found success at every level of play and earned a reputation as a “world-class teammate, who consistently offers support and encouragement”.
This May, Andrew will be presented with a plaque and gift card to acknowledge his achievement. We spoke with Andrew to learn a bit more about him and see what drives his game. Check out the full interview below!
What influence has soccer had in your life?
I’ve learned many life lessons from playing soccer, such as working well with others, being resilient, and work ethic. I’ve made many friendships on and off the field.
Why do you believe that you were nominated for this award?
Maybe because I am dedicated and a team player.
What do you enjoy most about playing for Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club?
I’m grateful for the opportunities to compete and train at an elite level through EDS and guest playing.
What soccer accomplishment are you most proud of?
Winning President’s Cup and representing Colorado at regionals.
What academic achievement are you most proud of?
I’m proud of my GPA that I’ve worked hard for.
How do you think your teammates would describe you?
Competitive, team player, hard worker, passionate about the game.
What is something that shows your exemplary character, commitment to sportsmanship, community involvement, etc..?
When I was 5 years old, my parents took me on my first mission trip to Juarez, Mexico. I fell in love with the community and have been building houses and providing outreach to the community at least once every year since.
What’s your favorite soccer player and team?
Mo Salah and Liverpool
What do you hope to pursue in the near future?
I’m hoping to pursue a Psychology degree and some day become a youth psychologist.
Who inspires you and why? This can be someone famous or someone you know personally!
I’ve been told by many coaches that I’m too small, but Messi inspires me to keep working hard and that my height does not need to hold me back.
What else do you enjoy outside of playing for CRYSC?
I enjoy spending time with my friends, listening to music and managing the girls soccer team at my high school.
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.