A new season means new players and to help introduce and welcome our new players we have provided a player profile and a quick Q&A below.

New player Q&A here – Part 1 (Hernandez, Tapia, Yrizar, Holt, Tucker, Lanzetta, Ferrara, Valdez, Novick, Baird, Taylor

RoryName – Rory O’Meara
Hometown – Ankeny, Iowa
Age – 14
Position – MID
Previous Club – West Des Moines Soccer Club

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – To improve as a player and to get new experiences as a person and player.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – All the accomplishments they have here, style of play and the opportunity to develop.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Be a professional player.

Hobbies – Soccer, hanging out with friends
Favorite Team – Barcelona
Favorite Player – Andrés Iniesta
Team in FIFA 14 – Barcelona

Fahat YogolName – Fahat Yogol
Hometown – Salt Lake City, Utah
Age – 15
Position – FW/MID
Previous Club – Sparta

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – To get developed and get better.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – Fito, Bofo all of them. When I see them play I wanted to play here.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Hopefully go pro or get a scholarship for college.

Hobbies – Hang out with friends, train every day
Favorite Team – Arsenal and Real Madrid
Favorite Player – Cristiano Ronaldo
Team in FIFA 14 – Any team

Danilo AcostaName – Danny Acosta
Hometown – Salt Lake City, Utah
Age – 15
Position – DEF
Previous Club -

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Because I wanted to get better.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – My friends who were playing here.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Hopefully get a scholarship for college and be a pro player.

Hobbies – Movies, hang out with friends
Favorite Team – Barcelona
Favorite Player – Messi
Team in FIFA 14 – Barcelona

MatthaisName – Matthias Binder
Hometown – Austria
Age – 17
Position – MID
Previous Club – Matterburg

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – I was asked to play in Austria for an Academy, but then I found this and wanted to go here.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Go to college or play pro.

Hobbies – Street soccer, free-style soccer, swimming, hanging with friends
Favorite Team – Manchester United
Favorite Player – Ricardo Quaresma
Team in FIFA 14 – Chelsea

1Name – Victor Alverez
Hometown – Rochester, New York
Age – 18
Position – FW/MID
Previous Club – Empire Revolution

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – I heard about it through Jordan Allen and I knew if was a good place to become a better player.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – I want to improve my game and become a better player.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Go to college and if I get the opportunity to play professionally.

Hobbies – Soccer, reading Game of Thrones, working out
Favorite Team – Real Madrid
Favorite Player – Cristiano Ronaldo
Team in FIFA 14 – Real Madrid

JacksonName – Niki Jackson
Hometown – Memphis, Tennessee
Age – 18
Position – FW
Previous Club – Phoenix FC

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – Thinking about if for a few years and made the switch this year.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – I have played them a few times and just watching they way they play, move and pass. I want to be a part of that.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Play professional or go to college.

Hobbies – Video games
Favorite Team – Inter Milan
Favorite Player – Eto’o
Team in FIFA 14 – Manchester United

ConorName – Conor Orton
Hometown – Petaluma, California
Age – 15
Position – GK
Previous Club – Marian FC

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – To become a better player and a better person.

Q – What made you interested in joining the Academy?
A – Heard if from Marcos who is currently playing here.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Go to college and play Division and see where it takes me.

Hobbies – Read, listen to music, soccer
Favorite Team – Barcelona
Favorite Player – Gianluigi Buffon
Team in FIFA 14 – Barcelona

GiovannyName – Giovany Alcocer
Hometown – Guadalajara, Mexico
Age – 15
Position – MID
Previous Club – Chivas

Q- Why did you join Grande Sports Academy?
A – My friend saw it and he said it was good. He invited me here.

Q – What plans do you have for your future?
A – Go pro or go to college.

Hobbies – Golf
Favorite Team – Barcelona
Favorite Player – Messi
Team in FIFA 14 – Barcelona

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