Erick Reyes, 15, has a passion for the game of soccer. His dream is to grow up and play for Real Madrid. So far, he is on the right path. Reyes, a sophomore at Durant High School, was a part of an Atlanta Cup finalist team and Disney Cup finalist team this year. He was the 2009 Tri-Star winner and in 2010, finished third. He already has more than 20 assists this season for his Plant City Lancers U15 team.
How long have you been playing soccer?
Since I was 7 or 8 years old
What do you like about soccer?
I just love to play it. It’s my passion, and I hope to become a professional soccer player one day.
What position do you play?
What do you like about that position?
I like distributing passes to my teammates and just helping my team out.
What’s been some memorable things you’ve done with soccer?
Scoring my first goal, winning tournaments and meeting new people. Getting to know all my teammates, also.
Do you have a particular tournament that stands out for you?
The Atlanta Cup up in Georgia
Why do you want to play for Real Madrid?
I’ve been a fan of them for a while. It started a few years back, when (Cristiano) Renaldo moved there.
Do you have a favorite player?
Isco (Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez)
Would you like to go on and play in college?
Yes. I would like to play for USF.
Have you always played with the Lancers?
No, I’ve been with them for two years. I used to play for the Brandon Flames. I like playing with the Lancers. They’re competitive, and everyone is nice.
What would be an ultimate dream for you?
To win a World Cup
What are some aspects of your game that you want to improve?
Scoring more goals. I also want to get better with my passing, but mostly, just scoring more goals.
Do you have a favorite subject in school?
Do you have a favorite book or favorite type of books?
I really like investigation books.
What do you like to do for fun outside of sports?
I like to hang out with friends, listen to music, watch movies and play “FIFA.”
What kind of music do you like?
What about movies. Do you have a favorite?
“Now You See Me.” It’s a great movie.