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Ali Almajidi, Garland Brighter Horizons
Ali Almajidi recently won the VYPE DFW Private School Boys Soccer Player of the Year Fall Poll! VYPE caught up with Almajidi for the 411 on the star from Brighter Horizons Academy.
VYPE: How long have you been playing soccer and how did you get your start?
Almajidi: I started playing soccer at a young age around 6 so I’d have been playing around 11 years. Soccer was always in the family for me. My uncles and cousins were heavily into soccer so it was only a matter of time until I had consumed it.
VYPE: Who’s your favorite athlete and why?
Almajidi: My favorite pro athlete would have to be Neymar his playing style is so composed yet so explosive and he can always keep a cool when provoked.
VYPE: What’s your pre-game meal? Routine?
Almajidi: My go to pregame meal was always some Chick-Fil-A with my teammates it was never too heavy for me . Before games me and my friend used to finish school, eat , roll out any sore muscles and just listen to some music to set the mood.
VYPE: Off the field, what is your favorite thing to do?
Almajidi: Off the field I like to spend time with friends and family. Family is very important to me so making sure I get time with them when I’m not on the field or schooling is big.
VYPE: Favorite subject in school?
Almajidi: My favorite subject in school was always English it was never a struggle for me and the easiest too.
VYPE: What is the one memory from the game you'll never forget playing soccer?
Almajidi: My greatest high school memory would have to be being crowned district champs at home against our school rivals . Going into the season the team had a lot of setbacks , it felt like we had a chip on our shoulder going into this one as we failed to come out top 2 in our district the previous year so winning that game to solidify the district championship was huge for us all.
What a season it was for public school boys' soccer in the city of Houston! Here is the All-VYPE Public School Boys Soccer Team
Team of the Year: Seven Lakes (20-2-3, state semifinalist)Coach of the Year: Jason Meekins, Katy Jordan (state semifinalist in program's first year of varsity play)Goalkeeper of the Year: Elijah Betancourt, Katy Jordan, so. (1st team All-State; UIL all-state 6A team)Player of the Year Finalists: Luis Lugo, Tompkins, jr. (29 goals, 12 assists for 16-4-1 team; HM All-State); Ben Bucic, Katy Jordan jr., Nicholas Arellano, Richmond Foster sr.
First Team: Ezekiel Cerda, Richmond Foster, sr. (2nd Team All-Region)
Second Team: Aidan Bousleiman, Katy Taylor, sr. (2nd Team All-State)
First Team: Ben Bucic, Katy Jordan, jr. (UIL 5A state all-tournament; 1st Team All-State)
First Team: Ty Koc, Seven Lakes, sr. (1st Team All-State)
First Team: Mason Vezza, The Woodlands, sr. (UIL 6A state all-tournament team)
First Team: Sedat Kilicarslan, Fort Bend Kempner, sr. (2nd Team All-State)
Second Team: Miguel Bazaldua, Pasadena Dobie, sr. (HM All-State)
Second Team: Kissell Nava, Cy Creek, sr. (2nd Team All-State)
Second Team: Ian Seager, Deer Park, sr. (1st Team All-Region)
Second Team: Evan Hebert, Kingwood Park, sr. (HM All-State)
First Team: Nicholas Arellano, Richmomd Foster, sr. (1st team all-state)
First Team: Noa Stasic, Seven Lakes, so. (1st team all-state)
First Team: Aidan Morrison, Seven Lakes, jr. (UIL 6A state all-tournament team; 1st Team all-state)
First Team: Erik Morales, Cy-Creek, sr. (15 goals, 19 assists for 23-3-1 team; 2nd team All-State).
Second Team: Jason Fierro, Kempner, jr. (2nd team all-state)
Second Team: Ronaldo Guzman, Pasadena Dobie, jr. (22 goals; 2nd team all-state)
Second Team: Jose Miranda, The Woodlands, jr. (UIL 6A state all-tournament team)
Second Team: Justin Zenteno, Stafford, sr. (2nd team All-State)
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