There are over 24 million people that play soccer in America, and according to Top End Sport soccer is the most watched sport with 3.5 billion fans tuning in.
Where does this passion for soccer come from? For many their love from the game came from their parents, that was the case for Angel Cuellar, a senior at Samueli Academy says, “I was inspired by my dad because he always watches (soccer) and when I was younger I watched him play,”
Angel played for our team last year, “When I am playing soccer, I feel adrenaline in my body and it is the best feeling. I also enjoy the teamwork with the people that I play with. Soccer is great exercise and a stress reliever.”
Angel shares that his mother gets nervous when he plays soccer. His dad loves it , because he plays too. Some people might have different opinions when it comes to pursuing soccer as a career. Angel’s opinion on the matter is that “If you are really into it and think about it as a career and if you have a passion for it, then yes, pursue it.”
Every famous soccer player has a unique story and reason why they became a professional. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently playing for Real Madrid, "All I wanted to do as a boy was play football.” Ronaldo’s godfather, Fernao Sousa emphasizes Cristiano’s passion, "He loved the game so much he'd miss meals or escape out of his bedroom window with a ball when he was supposed to be doing his homework."
Alex Morgan is currently playing in the U.S. Women’s National Team. “I was 7 or 8 years old, I remember writing a note to my mom that when I grow up I want to become a professional soccer player. That was my dream and I stuck to it.” Alex goes on to share, “when I was 9, the Women’s World Cup was going on. … Kristine Lilly is a big reason I wear No. 13 today.”
Soccer has grown increasingly popular throughout time and it is one of the sports that has a diversity of people playing as well as its fan base. It is not a sport where there is only one race or culture that is dominating. Even though people might think that it is a violent sport, they also think it is a great sport to play and to watch. Soccer is a sport where both men and women athletes are celebrated. Some soccer clubs encourage competition where female and males play soccer together.
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