Player Profile: Meet Bjorn!

Name: Bjorn

Position: Defender

Favorite Soccer Team: Chelsea

Favorite Soccer Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Why do you play soccer? It’s fun and good exercise.

What does being a Ranger mean to you? Being part of a committed, hard working team.

What are you most excited about traveling to Barcelona? To experience playing soccer in Spain. To visit a new country and see Spain culture.

What are you most nervous about traveling to Barcelona? The food.

What makes you the soccer player that you are? My dad helped me and the good coaches I’ve had so far. Working my best.

Who has influenced you most in your sport or what inspires you to play soccer? My dad first introduced me to soccer and now I enjoy playing.

What pushes you to play harder? My mom.

What is one funny thing you would like to share about yourself or share something unique that not everyone may know about you? I play the violin.

Player Profile: Introducing Kylar

Name: Kylar

Position: Striker/Winger

Favorite Soccer Team: Arsenal

Favorite Soccer Player: Alex Sanchez

Favorite Quote:  

There will be no obstacles.
There will be no doubters.
There will be mistakes.
But with hard work, there are no limits.

Why do you play soccer?
I play soccer because I love the adrenaline rush and the competitive aspect of the game!

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
Being 1 of 4 of the newest players, being a Ranger means a lot to be able to play with these highly capable players!

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you?
The level we are at now is awesome and our team is very good. So, being part of this team makes me more confident in myself.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited to just get to Barcelona!  I am also excited to be there with my best friends and teammates and get to do something that I love!

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
When we travel to Barcelona, I am most nervous about being a long distance from my parents.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
Losing makes me the soccer player that I am.  Losing just makes me want to win more.  All I do with my mistakes is learn from them.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My Step Mom Sharon has influenced me most in my sport.  She played semi-pro in Canada and made a team in the woman’s Premier League.

What pushes you to play harder?
Making mistakes, my family, losing and my team pushes me to play harder.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
My team and sometimes music pumps me up before a game.

What is something about yourself that not everyone may not know about you?
I always put my left shin guard in first.

Get to Know Isaac

Name: Isaac

Position: Forward/Midfielder

Favorite Soccer Team: Arsenal

Favorite Soccer Player: Mesut Ozil

Favorite Quote: “Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.”

Why do you play soccer? I play soccer because I LOVE the game.  I love both the mental and physical parts of the game.

What does being a Ranger mean to you? Being a Ranger means that I am committed to the team and contribute what I can to make the team be the best that they can be.  I am dedicated and committed to my team.

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you? It means that I am committed to being mentally and physically ready to train so that I can be the best that I can be. I want to encourage my teammates and work hard every time we play.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona? I am excited to travel internationally and experience a different culture.  I am excited to play soccer in another part of the world with my teammates.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona? I am most nervous about the long flight.

What makes you the soccer player that you are? My focus and determination to be the best player I can makes me the soccer player that I am. I love the game!

Who has influenced you the most in your sport? Professional soccer players have a set standard of what I desire to become. Also, my sister influences me because she works hard every day to be the best athlete she can be.

What pushes you to play harder? The desire to be better each time I play is what pushes me to play harder.  I can be better technically and mentally every time I play.

What pumps you up before a soccer game? Music pumps me up before a soccer game.

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you? One thing that people might not know about me is that I hate ketchup and mustard!

Player Profile: Get to Know Aidan

Name: Aidan

Position: Left Wing, Outside Back

Favorite Soccer Team: Manchester City

Favorite Soccer Player:  Antoine Griezmann

Favorite Quote: Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong- Antione Griezmann

Why do you play soccer?
I play because it is something I enjoy and it allows me to experience new opportunities.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
Being a Ranger puts a role of responsibility on me to represent the club.

Why are you most excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited to experience the culture of a new place.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about playing other teams and trying to get results.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My dad played soccer when he was a kid and encouraged me to play as well.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
Music

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds.

Player Profile: Meet Carter

Name: Carter

Position: Holding Mid or Center Back

Favorite Soccer Team: Sounders or Barcelona

Favorite Soccer Player: Osvaldo Alonso

Favorite Quote: I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over again in life and that is why I succeeded. – Michael Jordan

Why do you play soccer?
I play soccer because it brings me so much joy.  It is an amazing sport.  When I play I feel free and have fun.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
It means I am representing a great soccer community and one great big team.  It gives me a sense of pride to know my hard work has earned me a place beside so many great soccer players.

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you?
It means that I am able to work with my teammates, to represent our community and soccer club. I am excited to be on this team because I get to share a once in a lifetime experience with friends and have fun.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am very excited to play teams from Barcelona so I can see the differences and similarities between our players and the Barcelona players. I am also very excited to see an FC Barcelona game.  I think it will be a great experience!

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about being in a different culture.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
I use my physical and mental strength to play hard and aggressively.  I am tenacious and dedicated.  I love this game!

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My mom has influenced me the most in soccer.  She is so supportive and super amazing!

What pushes you to play harder?
When I make a mistake I will push to make sure I don’t make another mistake.  That makes me try harder and play harder.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
MUSIC!

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
Until 5th grade I lived on Sumas Mountain and we had lots of farm animals.

Player Profile: Get to know Trevor

Name: Trevor

Position: 3,2,6,10

Favorite Soccer Team: Sounders

Favorite Soccer Player: Messi

Favorite Quote: Soccer is fun, sharpen the saw

Why do you play soccer?
I play soccer for fun and to make my family proud.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
Being a Ranger means being part of a team, helping others and playing soccer.

What does being part of a team mean to you?
Being part of team is having fun and working together.

Why are you most excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited to see a new culture and have fun with the team.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about communicating with the people there.

What inspires you to play soccer?
My family inspires me because they were all good at sports and I want to be like them.

What pushes you to play harder?
I don’t want to let the team down.

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
I have sailed on a boat with my family for ten days.

Player Profile: Meet Gracen

Name: Gracen

Position: Center Back and Center Defensive Mid

Favorite Soccer Team: Manchester United

Favorite Soccer Player: Bastian Schweinsteiger

Why do you play soccer?
I am good at it and it is fun and competitive.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
It means being on a team, playing competitive soccer, traveling and bonding with your team and coaches as you move up in the levels.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited about going to a whole new continent to experience a whole new culture and playing soccer.

Are you nervous about going to Barcelona?
I am nervous about going to a whole new continent and country where they speak a different language than you.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My dad and other pro soccer players around the world inspire me the most.

What pushes you to play harder?
Inspiration from the pro soccer players around the world push me to play harder.

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
I draw my own made up fantasy maps with intricate detail.

Player Profile: Introducing Aiden

Each week, we’ll share some information about the boys in their own words. Enjoy!

Name: Aiden a.k.a. Buck or Bucki

Position: Center Back, Right Back and Holding Mid

Favorite Soccer Team: Bayern Munich

Favorite Soccer Player: Bastian Schweinsteiger

Why do you play soccer?
I play because I love doing it.

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
It means that I am a good player and that all my work has paid off.

What does being part of a team mean to you?
I like how everyone gets along and are all pretty respectful of each other.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited about watching the pros play and picking up tips during the game.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about getting hurt and not being able to play the whole time.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
Practice and repetition makes me the player that I am.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
Northside Rec coaches Carlo Furlan and Mike Brown influenced me the most.  They were great coaches and taught me while being amazing people.  They made me want to play soccer.

What inspires you to play soccer?
I am inspired by the idea of getting better and better and showing my skills.

What pushes you to play harder?
If I am angry at someone, I tend to push harder and go harder to beat them.  And playing with the amazing, friendly players I play with makes me want to play better for them.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
If I know we are going to have a tough opponent, then it’s fun because I can test my skills and see what I need to work on.  And if I have a weaker opponent, I need to stay at my level and not drop to theirs.

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
Something people might not know is that I love books, because I can get away and dive into another amazing world.

Player Profile: Introducing Kai

Name: Kai

Position: Right or Left Wing

Favorite Soccer Team: Barcelona

Favorite Soccer Player: Neymar Jr.

Favorite Quote: Just do it!

Why do you play soccer?
Because it is fun, I have been playing for years and it has me hooked!

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
Being a Ranger has made me feel like I can do more.  It makes me feel like I am a better player.  I know that I improve with each season, and it just means a lot to me.

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you?
It means that I know someone always has my back when we are in a game or at practice.  I know that I can count on my team to help me out.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited to get to watch the Barcelona game, seeing my favorite team play.  I am also excited to play Spanish teams, it will probably be a whole other level of difficulty.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about playing the teams from Spain…. excited and nervous.   We will be in a new place we have never been before, playing teams that are really good.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
All the coaches that I’ve had so far, and my mom and dad who are always supporting me.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
The game inspires me, it is just so fun!  My dad has really influenced me to keep playing by giving me pointers an helping me improve.

What pushes you to play harder?
The different teams we play, because if we lose a game we know we have to step it up.  So that pushes me to play harder and be a better soccer player.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
Playing against friends and players I know well gets me pumped up because I want to win.

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
Rubik’s Cube is a passion of mine. I am always trying to improve my speed and time just like in soccer.

Player Profile: Meet Cole

Name: Cole

Position: Defender (Outside Back)

Favorite Soccer Team: Manchester United

Favorite Soccer Player: Paul Pogba

Favorite Quote: I can do all things thru Christ who gives me strength – Philippians 4:13

Why do you play soccer?
I play soccer to have fun because I love the sport!

What does being a Ranger mean to you?
That I can represent our community, Whatcom County.

What does being part of a team and this team mean to you?
Being part of the team makes me more confident that I can compete vs better players than me.

Why are you excited about traveling to Barcelona?
I am excited to see the atmosphere of the youth soccer clubs there, and the FOOD.

Are you nervous about traveling to Barcelona?
I am nervous about the flight, it is too long.

What makes you the soccer player that you are?
I work hard to become better.

Who has influenced you the most in your sport?
My mom influenced me.  She taught me the game and gives me advice.

What pushes you to play harder?
If an attacker on the opposing team beats me with the ball, I will try not to let it happen again.  And I will try to run faster and make smarter decisions.  I will also be more physical.

What pumps you up before a soccer game?
Listening to music pumps me up.

What is something unique that not everyone may know about you?
My favorite food is sushi. I used to like Manchester City.