I grew up around a soccer ball due to my father always taking me and my brothers to the park to just kick around the ball. At the age eleven i joined a team in a local soccer league. I was not good at all when I first began to play in my league and consider myself as the worst player in the league. In the league they started me off as a forward and later on they change my position as goalie. When I started as a goalie I was not bad at all for a starter and really liked the position. I stayed playing that position for several years, and when I turned fifteen years old I became an academic player after playing with a Mexican club called Morelia I had the opportunity to play in Tijuana. The years flew by as I was playing part of a professional soccer club. As I got better I had the chance to join the club I always dream to play for America I was able to play with the club due to all the hard work and commitment and my family support.
Soccer was brought into my life owing it to my parent’s effort they would take part of their time so much they would take me to my practices every day. In a way if it was not for my parents I would not have had the chance to play it or even is part of a professional soccer team. Due to all the support and confident they gave me I would not have pushed myself to keep moving forward and putting to mind that practices makes perfect.
My parents were born in different parts of Mexico my dad is from Guadalajara and my mom is from Durango they come from a family that loves soccer. My dad went for the rival team which was Club America instead for Chivas which was a club that was from where my dad was born.
I grew up my whole life watching Club America and to me they were the best team no matter if they won or lost. In a way that made me push myself to become and get where I wanted even though I didn’t get what I really wanted was to become pro. I had the chance to become professional soccer player but due to an injury that suddenly changed my future with the club I didn’t reach my goal in life but I learned other important things in life there.
The Clubs History
Club America is one of the most popular and high prestige team in Mexico. They have won many tournaments and are constantly fighting for the league title against Chivas. Club America has been in the final for two tournaments straight and won one of those two finals against Cruz Azul and lost the other finale four months ago against Club Leon.
America was founded on the 12th of October of 1916. The club is one of two clubs owned by a media company called Televisa. The clubs soccer stadium is the largest stadium in Mexico and Latin America, and the second largest football-specific stadium in the world. The club has eleven national titles. The clubs name was originated by any regular team the team was looking for a name for the team so one of the players by the name of Pedro “Cheto” Quintanilla said America because the team was formed on Columbus Day. There logo consisted of a map of America and the “C” for Club and an “A” for America on each side.
The Teams Colors
The team colors were decided by the team the colors were brought by one of the players called Rafael Garza Gutierrez brought some blue shorts and a yellow shirt and the team decided that they would be the colors. In order for Club America to become part of the Mexican League which consisted of five teams in order of America to become part they had to play three games and win all of them. But they only won two and tied the last one but despite that they were accepted to the league they shorty changed their name due to bad results but then decided to change their name back to America.
Club America was the first Mexican team to play out of Mexico. The founder of the club was Rafael Garza Gutierrez. The rivalry team Guadalajara was born and the rivalry became most noticeable during the 1945-1946 season which America lost 6-4 and 4-2.The team was then bought by a soft drink company and then was sold to a its current owner.
Because of Them
A soccer ball is a simple object that can change the world, a person. A soccer ball changed my life my parents helped me get where I wanted to be if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been where I am if not for them I probably wouldn’t be writing this essay I did have a chance to become a part of great club but things didn’t work out my parents and friends pushed me so that I could work my hardest in a way I realize that thanks to my parents hard work , sacrifices that they did so that I could have a chance to become a great part of something big. Even though my parents didn’t have the same chances as me they tried their best to provide not only me but my two younger brothers my father always told me that “If you did nothing then you shouldn’t expect anything to change” this in my head made me push myself not only to try my best in soccer put get to where I wanted to be college. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been writing this essay or would have gone to college.
They were both born in México with families that came from low budgets they didn’t have the opportunities that I have had or that my brother will my parts opened the doors for me so I could have the chances it was really only up to me if I would take advantage of what I had in front of me despite not having reached my goal to become a professional soccer player I had many opportunities and great experiences even though I am young I can happily say that my life has been awesome despite the challenges that I’ve had in front of me and I am really happy in a way that actually had that chances to do what I did. It’s true what the saying says “If you don’t take the risk you will never know what you missed out of course there are a lot of things that I’ve wished I should have done different but it’s a way of life how things happen to me a simple ball can change someone’s life as an event can too. The most important things in your life are your parents despite if you have a good or bad relationship with them they are the ones that can only really teach you things about life of course you have to experience them sometimes to get the true feeling of what they are telling you, but I believe that they should always be your number one thing because to me they are soccer is something I love with a passion but my parents helped me get that opportunity to enjoy it even though right now club America isn’t doing so good in the current tournament I am still proud to say that is my favorite team not only because I grew up watching them but also because they gave me the chance to be part of their team might of not been first team player but proudly I can say I was the U-18.Anyone can have something that means a lot to them and to me it would be soccer and my parents.
My name is Raul Leal I am a student at Cal State Northridge and I am majoring in Manufacturing Systems Engineering