For varsity boys captain, soccer is life

Sophomore Simon Restrepo runs with the ball during the Braswell vs. Crowley varsity game in January. Restrepo has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old.

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Sophomore Simon Restrepo runs with the ball during the Braswell vs. Crowley varsity game in January. Restrepo has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old.

Bruno Ladaniuski, Sports reporter

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Sophomore Simon Restrepo is captain of the varsity soccer team, playing as a center back. He also plays for the FC Dallas team as a striker.

Restrepo started his soccer journey in Medellin, Colombia, his hometown, when he was 3 years old. He then he moved to the U.S., where he continues to play and improve every day.

“I Started playing soccer really early,” he said.

As a captain, Restrepo always has to make the right choices and give advice to his teammates.

“Whatever happens in the game, stay calm, tell your teammates to stay calm, don’t talk back to the referee, don’t get in confusion,  and enjoy the game,” he said.

Usually, all the players have a particular number of jersey that gives them luck or has a significant story behind it. Restrepo always uses the No. 19 jersey.

“It has a value to me because is the same number of my cousin/best friend uses,” he said. “And I see him as inspiration. We always used to play soccer together.”

Restrepo dreams of becoming a professional soccer play one day.

“I want to play for FC Dallas or with whatever team in Europe,” he said. “Maybe Monaco FC in France with my idol, Falcao Garcia.”

 

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