Date of Birth: 9th November 2002 (current age 16)
Nationality: British, United States, and Dominican Republic passport holder
Current height: 5’9”
Current weight: 140 lbs
Dominant foot: Left (but I play with both feet)
Preferred position: Central defensive midfielder
Positions played: Defensive or attacking central midfielder; central defender; left or right back; left or right midfield; centre forward
Current teams: Oxford City u18, New College Swindon u18, Oxfordshire County u16.
Previous teams: Faringdon Town u12; Swindon Town Advanced Centre u12, u13; Cirencester Town u13 and u14; Greenmeadow u13; Vale of the White Horse u13, u14, u15; Oxfordshire County u14; Kennington Athletic u14, u15; Oxford City u14, u15; Junior Premier League Southern u14 representative team.
Other interests: Languages (I am fluent in Spanish); music (I play guitar and drums); reading (fiction, biography, and football tactics); athletics.
My family lived in rural Spain until 2013 when I was aged 11. During this period I did not play any organised football, just playground matches during and after school.
2014/15 SEASON (u12)
After we returned to the UK from Spain, in the 2014/15 season I played for Faringdon Town FC, my local team, in the Oxford Mail Youth League, and I also trained and played with the Swindon Town Advanced Centre after a successful trial. In both teams I played as either a holding or an attacking central midfielder.
Faringdon Town began the season in the E division. After winning 5 and drawing 1 match in the Autumn we were then promoted to the C division, winning 6, drawing 1, and losing 1 match, to finish top of that division and gain promotion to the B division.
At the end of this season I began to train with Greenmeadow FC. I played in the Greenmeadow team which won the Eldon Celtic tournament in July of that year, and subsequently left Faringdon Town to join Greenmeadow FC.
2015/16 SEASON (u13)
In the 2015/16 season I played up a year for Greenmeadow FC u13s in the u14 first division of the North Wilts League; for Cirencester Town FC u13s in the Junior Premier League (JPL); and for the Vale of the White Horse English Schools Football Association (ESFA) representative team in various cups and leagues arranged between u13 associations. In November 2015 Swindon Town FC academy invited me to trial for them after I had attended an initial assessment, but I decided to remain with my current clubs for at least the rest of the season.
North Wilts League
During this season Greenmeadow FC u13s played up a year in the u14s 1st Division of the North Wilts League. I played mainly as a centre back, scoring 1 goal. We finished sixth out of nine teams, with the fourth best defensive record in the division, and we were semi-finalists in the u14 league cup.
Greenmeadow FC also played at u13 level in the Wiltshire FA cup, reaching the final and defeating Liden u13s 5-1, in a match in which I played as a centre forward.
Junior Premier League
In this league I played in 16 matches, winning 12, drawing 1, and losing 3, and scoring 4 goals. I was one of only two players who started all matches for which I was fit, usually as a central defender, and very occasionally as a holding midfielder or centre forward. A feature of the JPL is that managers award a gold, silver, or bronze “virtual medal” to the three players in the opposition team who impressed them most in a match, and provide a brief comment to support their decision. This season I was awarded 7 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals. This was the highest number of awards to a defensive player in the JPL. Comments from opposition managers were:
• FC Wiltshire (gold award): Played well throughout, caused problems and scored a great goal
• Hereford FC (gold award): Quality defending and excellent composure on the ball
• Birmingham City FC Blue (bronze award): Big defender, made some strong runs hard to stop when going
• Island Soccer Academy (silver award): Powerful performance, influential throughout
• Birmingham City FC Blue (bronze award): Strong and fast defender
• Evolution Soccer Bath (gold award): Defended very well, competitive and intelligent
• Hereford FC (gold award): Defended well throughout
• St Georges FC (gold award): Fantastic performance, dominated game and scored the winner
• Pro Soccer FC (gold award): Great pace and finishing
• Cheltenham Town FC (silver award): Great performance, worked hard and controlled game
• Gloucester City FC (gold award): Brilliant performance in defence
• Gloucester City FC (bronze award): Best defender we have played against this year
Vale of the White Horse ESFA
I successfully completed a trial for this team, which comprised a mixture of players from professional team academies (Southampton, Fulham, QPR, and Oxford United) and local grassroots teams. I played as either a left or right mid-fielder, or left back in 12 matches, winning 10, drawing 0, and losing 2. We also competed in the ESFA Somerset festival, winning all five of our matches.
The following performance data were collected by a Playertek GPS that I wore for several matches during the 2015/16 season:
• Greatest distance travelled in an 80-minute match: 7.41 km
• Greatest average distance per minute: 111 m/min
• Greatest sprint distance per 80-minute match: 858 m
• Top speed achieved: 8.22 m/sec
2016/17 SEASON (u14)
In the 2016/17 season I played for Kennington Athletic FC in the u14 first division of the Oxford Mail Youth League; for Cirencester Town FC u14s in the Junior Premier League (JPL); for the JPL u14 southern representative team against professional academy teams; for Oxford City u14s in the Midlands Junior Premier League (MJPL); for the Vale of the White Horse English Schools Football Association (ESFA) representative team in various cups and leagues arranged between u14 and u15 associations; and for the Oxfordshire County u14 ESFA representative team in the national inter-county championship and the South West Counties cup.
In January 2017 I was asked to train with Cheltenham Town FC academy, and after one week I was invited to join their academy without a formal trial. I declined the offer because the training and games programmes did not appear to offer a significant improvement over the grassroots programmes in which I was already participating.
Oxford Mail Youth League
This season I chose to move from Greenmeadow FC in the North Wilts league to Kennington Athletic in the Oxford Mail Youth League for a different Sunday league u14 football challenge. For Kennington I played mainly as a central defensive or attacking midfielder, and scored 16 goals. I started all league matches for which I was available, winning 15, losing 0, and drawing 3 matches, and winning the league with the best defensive record and goal difference. We reached the quarter finals of the Berks & Bucks u14 cup, where we were knocked out by one of the finalists in a match in which I was unable to play because of injury. We also reached the semi-finals of the OMYL KO cup, where we were knocked out by the eventual winners in a match in which I was again unable to play because of injury. At the end of the season I was voted the Supporters’ Player of the Year.
Junior Premier League
In the JPL this season I played for Cirencester Town in 11 matches during the first half of the season, winning 8, drawing 1, losing 2, and scoring 6 goals. I was one of only three players who started all matches for which I was available, usually as a left midfielder, but sometimes as a centre forward. This season I was awarded 3 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze medal (opposition manager comments were not recorded this season). I left Cirencester Town in February 2017 to join Oxford City, because Oxford played in the Midlands Junior Premier League, which was more challenging than the JPL at u14.
Midlands Junior Premier League
I joined Oxford City from Cirencester Town towards the end of the season, after they had already played 21 MJPL league and cup matches and were 23rd in the league table: winning 9, losing 9, and drawing 3 matches. In the remaining two matches I played as the central defensive midfielder and we won both, finishing 16th in the table.
Oxford City had reached the final of the Oxfordshire County Cup before I joined them. I played in the final, which we won 2-1.
JPL southern representative team
This season I successfully trialled for a place in the JPL southern representative squad. This squad draws upon players from JPL teams across the south of England and plays against teams at professional academies. We played the following matches:
• Swindon Town academy u14s. This was our first match of the season after we had first met and trained as a team for two hours the previous evening. I played as a left midfielder in quarter 1, centre forward in Q2, and central midfielder in Q3 and Q4. We were drawing 1-1 at 70 minutes when I was substituted because of injury. We subsequently lost the match 3-1.
• Cheltenham Town academy u14s. I played as the central defensive midfielder for the full 80 minutes of this match, which we won 3-2. I was asked to trial for Cheltenham Town academy after my performance in this match.
• Chelsea FC foundation u14 team. I played Q2 as a right midfielder, Q3 as a left back, and Q4 as a central defensive midfielder. We won 0-4.
• Southampton FC u13s. I played as CDM for the full 80 minutes of this match, which we won 2-9. I scored two of our goals and was voted joint man of the match by my teammates.
• Bristol City FC u13s. I played as CDM for the first half of this match, because I had to leave at half time to attend the ESFA Easter festival. I scored one goal in a 5-1 victory (5-0 at half time) and was voted man of the match by my teammates.
• JPL Northern Representative squad. I played as CDM for most of this match and scored one goal in a 3-3 draw.
Vale of the White Horse ESFA
After playing for the u13 team last season, I successfully passed this year’s trial for the u14 Vale team, which again comprised a mixture of players from professional team academies (Southampton, QPR, and Oxford United) and local grassroots teams. I played this season as a left or right mid-fielder, winning 6, drawing 0, and losing 2 matches, scoring 1 goal and winning the Williams Cup and the Meeson Cup.
This season I was one of four u14 players who were also asked to play up a year for the Vale u15 team, in which I played as the CDM.
Oxfordshire County ESFA
The ESFA district teams provide players for County team trials. I was put forward by the Vale of the White Horse manager and was successful in a trial for a place in the Oxfordshire County squad. I was one of only five players in the squad of 17 who was not from a professional football academy (Southampton, Fulham, QPR, Reading, or Oxford United). I played as either a left or right mid-fielder, left back, wingback, or centre back in 6 matches, winning 4, drawing 1, and losing 1, and scoring 2 goals. This team reached the semi-finals of the national inter-county cup, where we were knocked out by the eventual winners, and we won the South West Counties Cup.
This season I played futsal for Swindon Centurions in a Friday league. After winning 12, losing 1 and drawing 1 match we qualified for the FA’s Southwest Regional Futsal finals, which I was unable to attend because of a prior football tournament commitment.
The following performance data were collected by a Playertek GPS that I wore for most matches during the 2016/17 season:
• Greatest distance travelled in an 80-minute match: 9.85 km
• Greatest average distance per minute: 126 m/min
• Greatest sprint distance per match: 1129 m
• Top speed achieved: 8.68 m/sec
2017/18 SEASON (u15)
In the 2017/18 season I played for Kennington Athletic FC in the u15 A division of the Oxford Mail Youth League; for Oxford City u15s in the Midlands Junior Premier League (MJPL); and for the Vale of the White Horse English Schools Football Association (ESFA) representative team in various cups and leagues arranged between u15 associations. I also trained for six hours a week with the Swindon New College u18 and Hellenic League men’s teams (I could not play for these teams because of my age).
Midlands Junior Premier League (MJPL)
This was my first full season playing for Oxford City in the MJPL. We finished 4th in a league of 39 clubs, which was a significant improvement over the previous year when we finished 16th. I usually played as the CDM but dropped to centre back if the regular centre backs were injured. I scored three goals during the season. Oxford City were also finalists in the u15 Oxfordshire County cup.
Oxford Mail Youth League
This season I continued to play for Kennington Athletic, but was moved forward to play as one of two strikers in most matches, and only dropped back to CDM if the other midfielders were struggling. Kennington Athletic won Division A of the OMYL by 11 points without losing a match, and they also won the League Cup and the Inter-League Cup. I scored 19 league goals during the season.
Vale of the White Horse ESFA
After playing for the u13 and u14 teams in previous seasons, I successfully passed this year’s trial for the u15 Vale representative team. We were finalists in this year’s Wright Cup. There was no Oxfordshire County representative team this season because ESFA do not hold an inter-county competition for u15 players.
Oxford United academy u16 squad
I trained during preseason from June to August 2018 with the Oxford United academy u16 squad and played in several matches for them, winning 4-1 against Coventry City, 2-1 against Cheltenham Town, and 1-0 against Swindon Town; drawing 2-2 with Watford; and losing 2-1 to West Ham (we were winning 1-0 when I was rotated off). Across these matches I had the highest pass completion rate (84%) and the second highest passes per minute played (0.5) out of the seven Oxford United central midfield players used in these games.
The following performance data were collected this season by a Playertek GPS that I wore for most matches:
• Greatest distance travelled in an 80-minute match: 9.9 km
• Greatest average distance per minute: 121 m/min
• Greatest sprint distance per match: 1262 m
• Top speed achieved: 8.8 m/sec
2018/19 SEASON (u16)
In the 2018/19 season I am playing up for Oxford City u18s in the Junior Premier League (JPL), and for New College Swindon u18s in the Wiltshire Floodlit League. I have also been selected to play for Oxfordshire u16s in the ESFA National Inter-County Cup.
Futsal National Super League
I scored my first goal in the FA's Futsal National Super League for Oxford City Lions men's team against Southend yesterday to help us win 5-0. I've enjoyed playing futsal for fun in the past, but...
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Date of Birth: 9th November 2002 (current age 16) Nationality: British, United States, and Dominican Republic passport holder Current height: 5’9” Current weight: 140 lbs Dominant foot: Left (but I...