If you asked any of the people who know him, chances are that they would mention how much soccer means to Alberto Diaz. Diaz, an attacking midfielder, has been playing soccer for as long as he can remember. Growing up, everything was always about playing soccer with his brother or being coached by his father. Even now at age 21, Diaz feels his household is a mecca for discussion about international stars or coaching strategy. He jokingly mentioned that his mother isn’t much of a fan because all 3 of them won’t stop talking about soccer. To Diaz, soccer isn’t just about playing the game… it’s a lifestyle.
The lifestyle that he lives brought about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity back in 2009. Diaz and other top performing players from Southern California had the opportunity to travel with the Boys Under 15 U.S. Men’s National Team to Germany. As a 15-year old, those 10 days solidified his commitment to becoming a better player. When Diaz spoke about his experience, he enthusiastically said, “we got to play against some of the best international players as young kids.” Having this exposure to the world soccer scene influenced his next step.
Now, back in San Diego and continuing to play for the Chula Vista Football Club, Diaz talks of the family bond that has been established between him and several players over the years. “We started out together playing for the Aztecs in South San Diego,” said Diaz. Moving over to the Chula Vista Football Club, he and his counterparts continue to spread their passion for the game with fellow San Diego soccer stars. Diaz is currently coaching 7 and 8-year-old boys alongside his brother and father. Like many who play the game here in San Diego, he plans to stay local with CVFC and explore new ways of improving not only his game but the game of the young kids he coaches. “I’m all about San Diego,” Diaz said, “there is a lot of diversity here and I want to be a part of it.”.
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