Transfers leave Madrid in the dust
It seems to be just another ordinary day. Everything is how it should be.
But then, there’s that voice. It encourages him, propels him, and torments him to realize what his soul yearns for. Yet, it’s not enough to make him think twice.
He saunters downstairs then heads to the fridge for breakfast. Between bites, he pauses. Suddenly, he realizes.
With his revelation in mind, junior Guillermo Almirall announces to his parents that he will play soccer in the United States next year.
Almirall and junior Marta Moix were compelled to travel 37,000 miles from Madrid, Spain to play the games they love in America.
Ever since he was five, Almirall lived and breathed soccer. Now a member of the varsity soccer team, he plays attack and midfield with the number 10 on his back.
“Passing the ball, scoring, the games, the competition. I love it all,” Almirall said.
However, the game itself is not the only aspect of soccer which Almirall enjoys. He has also formed new friends from the team.
“We’re a group. We know each other really well. It’s the same friends on the team that I sit with at lunch,” Almirall said.
“My team here is like my team in Madrid, so that’s good,” Moix said.
However, Moix’s opportunity to play in America did not arrive as suddenly as Almirall’s. While competing in the basketball championships in Madrid, Moix was offered a scholarship to play in the United States.
Now as number 12, Moix is a member of the varsity basketball team, playing point guard.
Even though her season has not officially started, Moix still practices with an AAU (American Athletic Union) team to keep her skills in check. Her first official game is not until Nov. 27 against Perry Hall High School.
Although varying in the ways they pass the ball, Almirall and Moix still share the same passion: the love of the sport.
Sydney Setree is a Managing Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.