As a child, like all children, I loved to run, jump, kick, compete, win and interact with friends. I fondly remember the days when I started playing soccer, with my brothers and neighbors, on the streets of Mexico. Through soccer, we learned important lessons about ourselves and our communities.
I first kicked a soccer ball at the age of 2, and since then soccer has been my challenge, my passion and my life.
The natural talent I displayed as a child only took me so far – it was the hard work and dedication, of myself and those who understood the fundamentals of the game, who contributed to my success. The more time I spent on the field, the stronger I became, and my passion for the sport grew. Soccer provided me the opportunity to stay healthy while I learned about integrity, commitment, team-work and excellence. I’m proud to say these principles guided me through my career and are the very foundation to which our youth soccer programs were built.