When I was about eight or nine years old, I played soccer.
I played in a lot of different leagues.
I was a striker and a midfielder, so I would be at the game and they’d give me the ball and I’d just try and find the back of the net.
And I got so much pleasure out of scoring goals, because I thought it was my job to score goals.
I loved that feeling.
That was my sport.
The sport that I loved, it wasn’t football.
It wasn’t soccer.
That sport was soccer.
It was football, but with soccer, it was just like any other sport.
So when I started playing soccer, I was just happy to have that opportunity to play and have fun and just enjoy myself.
Then, when I was in the fourth grade, I started watching sports.
I saw a lot on television, and I saw my older brother playing soccer.
And he was just so excited about the sport, so excited to be playing, because he thought it would help him.
So that’s when I saw that I wanted to be a soccer player and try to become a professional soccer player.
So I would go out there and practice with the team, and practice a lot.
I would practice hard.
I wouldn’t have a day off.
I just wanted to play, and my dad would just play the game with me.
He would just go, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want you to do, you can’t just sit back, you gotta be out there playing.’
And he would tell me that, because that’s how he wanted me to be, so he was a soccer guy.
I remember he was watching all my friends play, so we would go and practice.
And then I was 11 or 12, and he would come to my house, and we would just practice, and when I first went out there, I could see how much it meant to him, and how much I was looking forward to it.
And when I did go out, I would score a goal, because we were just playing soccer and that was what I wanted, just to score.
I had that feeling that was like the joy of the sport.
And it was the reason why I was playing soccer for so long.
It made me want to do something else.
So, after that, I really wanted to go to college, so that was when I got my first scholarship offer, so after that I started getting scholarship offers.
And in the end, I got a scholarship to UCLA.
And the reason I got that scholarship is because my dad always taught me, and then when I would see him at practice, I’d say, ‘Hey, dad, I want to be an All-American, because you’re always encouraging me to play soccer.’
And my dad was like, ‘Why do you want to go on a scholarship?’
And I was like ‘Well, you know, I just think I want that opportunity.
I’m just trying to learn.’
And that’s the way it is with sports.
It’s a way to have fun, and it’s a great opportunity to learn.
That’s how I started soccer.