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2023 winners

Esperanza García. El Paso, TX

Favorite Player?

Megan Rapinoe because she was a very aggressive player and didn’t take nothing from no one and to me that shows a very headstrong person and I look up to that.

What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream is to be a pediatrician I coach little kids in soccer right now and I enjoy it so much so working with kids medically is something I cannot wait to do because helping kids and seeing them smile is one thing that always makes my day so much better and that’s how I feel when I’m coaching my younger soccer players. 

Who is your role model and why?

My biggest role model would be my late grandma she was very head strong and always believed in me and always encouraged me to never give up and keep pursuing what I love and because of her encouragement I learned to never give up on what I’ve grown to love especially with my love of soccer.

Vladimir Palos. Denver, CO.

Favorite Player?

Ochoa, because he is a leader and an example for all young people.

What is your biggest dream in life?

My dream is to become a professional goalkeeper and be able to play in Europe. As well as one day being able to represent my country.

Who is your role model and why?

Memo (Ochoa) because for me he is one of the players who has best represented us in soccer.

Johan Olivero. Chicago, IL.

Favorite Player

Lionel Andres Messi because he is a fundamental player for the team, apart from that, he is a complete person as a human being, he has good characteristics that make him look like an excellent player and person, one of the characteristics that catches my attention the most in his humility to deal with to others

What is your biggest dream in life?

Being a professional player since that is what I am most passionate about. Outside of that, I want to become a professional player to give a great gift to my dad, which is being a professional player. It would make him and my family very happy to be part of this sport that most I like it. It fills me with a lot of happiness since it makes me forget all the bad thoughts and it is the most beautiful thing there is.

Who is your role model and why?

My dad, since he is a warrior person who, despite the circumstances, keeps going and does not let himself fall, he is a humble person who does not believe he is better than anyone else and that inspires me to move forward.

Gloria Cedillo. Houston, TX.

Favorite Player

Alex Morgan. It may sound just like a regular answer, but alex’s rise was around the time when I started playing. I would watch her play and would always hear about her everywhere. She was my last final push to get me to play; all my cousins played and I was one of the very few who didn’t and seeing her play and her passion encouraged me to join a local team.

What is your biggest dream in life?

To become a nurse practitioner. I want to be able to help the people around me as everyone helped me. I want to be able to give back to make a positive impact on my community. 

Who is your role model and why?

My parents. They gave up so much to get me to where I’m at, without them I would never have the opportunities I have today. I would have never got this either if it wasn’t for them. They are my biggest supporters and my cause to keep going for anything I put my mind to. I look to them when i’m lost to find guidance since a young age. 

Alexa Colmena. New York, NY

Favorite Player

My favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi. Though it may seem like a basic answer, I’ve always been fascinated how Messi can dribble the ball and take it through defenders like they’re soft jelly. His style of play is so fascinating and his career is amazing. 

What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream in life is to go pro, do what I love and help repay my parents for all their hard work and sacrifices for me and my family.

Who is your role model and why?

My role model is my mother. Not only does she help me to keep working hard towards my dream, but I see myself in her and she sees her reflection in me. She inspires me to try hard and work even harder. She’s gone through so much and keeps going no matter what and she keeps me going everyday.

Mariann Romero. Los Angeles, CA.

Favorite Player

My favorite player is Javier Hernandez “Chicharito” because growing up I would always watch him play and he was my favorite player on the Mexican National Team. My family would always gather together and watch Mexico play, Chicharito stuck out to me because he was skillful and scored many goals. He showed a lot of passion and that made me want to play for Mexico.

What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dreams in life is to play college soccer and graduate college and eventually play professional soccer in the NWSL or overseas.

Who is your role model and why?

My role model is my parents because they are hardworking and passionate. They came from Mexico with a dream and they have worked so hard to provide for the family, they’ve faced many adversities but never gave up and were driven to overcome obstacles that came in their life. 

Karina Vargas. San José, CA.

Favorite Player

My favorite soccer player is Chicharito because  he was always a positive player and had a great mentality on and off the field .

What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream in life is too play for the Senior Mexican National  and win the Women’s World Cup

Who is your role model and why?

My biggest role model is my father he’s always pushed me to the best player and person I can be,When he first came to the United States he struggled a lot financially and didn’t have any support from anyone . He managed to overcome a lot of difficult obstacles in life that really inspires me knowing anything is possible with persistent,dedication,and commitment.

Rocio Nordquist. El Paso, TX.

Favorite Player

My favorite player is Lionel Messi because he overcame many adverse conditions at the start of his career to become the best player of all time. Messi is a great individual player who brings out the best in his teammates.

What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream in life is to become an ambassador for the United States.

Who is your role model and why?

My role model is my mother because her friendliness is contagious, and she always puts others before herself. I admire her dedication to her beliefs and morals. Her strength is demonstrated by her immigration journey.

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