Gooooal! Leadville Soccer Player Headed to Pros?
Do you have World Cup fever? Have you been catching the games and cheering on Team USA?!
Well, when you live in Lake County, you don’t have to go very far to see good soccer games with some top-notch players.
In fact, one of Leadville’s very own garnered a top spot on the Alianza de Futbol regional soccer team! Congratulations to Jesus Nava who was one of the players chosen from over 180 of the top Hispanic players from around the rocky mountain region who vie for 20 spots on this very elite 16 and under soccer team.
According to Leadville Flame Soccer Club Coach Kevin Cannell who reported the good news on the clubs’ Facebook page, “The players are judged and appointed to the team by representatives of the top professional Mexican soccer clubs. Making the team is a huge stepping stone towards playing professional soccer.” Nava will be a junior at Lake County High School (LCHS) this fall.
Coach Cannell also reported that while he has never personally coached Nava, he wanted to learn about the Alianza de Futbol tryout process so that he could better prepare Leadville Flame players for future tryouts.
Here are additional coach reports updates about how the team players did:
- 12 year old Uriel Bujanda played very well in his tryout game, but was unable to make the top 4 players chosen. Uriel should make the team in the next two years. Uriel will be an 8th grader at Lake County Intermediate School this fall.
- 14 year old Irvin Guaderrama had a great tryout as well. Irvin was the “go to guy” in tryout match. Irvin will be a sophomore at LCHS this fall.
“I plan on taking every dedicated Flame player (to the Alianza tryouts) next year,” said Coach Cannell.