Orange County SC’s Aaron Cervantes Speaks Out on Signing his Pro Contract
So many youth soccer players dream of becoming professionals and following in the famous steps of their heros of the pitch — One very talented goalkeeper has made a significant step towards reaching his dream of making a big difference in the beautiful game.
Youth Soccer News: When Orange County SC’s owner James Keston announced the signing of 15-year-old goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes for his USL team, the news nearly went viral.
Sports fans from around the country rallied to cheer for this youth soccer player who has just signed his pro contract. And, there is reason to celebrate. It is not everyday that a teenager signs a professional soccer contract — and, it has been made only more special by the fact that his club is so dedicated to his success.
The offer to become a professional player is a huge honor and the decision for a young player is equally huge. Signing a pro contract eliminates the possibility of a college scholarship — and Orange County SC has offset this financial risk with a sizable ‘safety’ net which Cervantes can use towards his education, if he wishes.
GoalNation has interviewed Orange County SC’s General Manager & EVP Oliver Wyss, and Head Coach Braeden Cloutier on why they selected this young player to join their team — but we also wanted to know what Cervantes thought.
Here is our interview with this talented young player — and, one certainly to watch.
Diane Scavuzzo: Congratulations. What did it feel like when you signed your pro contract?
Aaron Cervantes: It felt great. It’s just the beginning and I will never be satisfied.
I will always look to develop and improve.
Diane Scavuzzo: What is the most exciting part of of becoming a professional at such a young age? What is the scariest?
Aaron Cervantes: The most exciting part is knowing that I’m in a professional environment with top class players — at every training session. There is no scary part.
Diane Scavuzzo: Why do you think you were able to become a pro player at such a young age?
Aaron Cervantes: I think it’s due to the sacrifices I made, my dedication, the time I put into the game and my work ethic.
Diane Scavuzzo: What do you think are your special qualities?
Aaron Cervantes: I think it’s my leadership ability, my positive personality, and my hard work ethic.
Diane Scavuzzo: Do you still talk to your old youth soccer teammates? What do they think?
Aaron Cervantes: Yes of course! They congratulate me and encourage me to get better.
Diane Scavuzzo: Who is your mentor?
Aaron Cervantes: Andre Rawls and Frans Hoek.
Diane Scavuzzo: Who do you admire the most?
Aaron Cervantes: I admire Tim Howard, he captains MLS’ Colorado Rapids and is the goalkeeper for our U.S. Men’s National team.
Diane Scavuzzo: Who do you think are the best goalkeepers in the world today or in the past?
Aaron Cervantes: Currently, Ederson, Manuel Neuer, and Tim Howard.
In the past, I would say Jorge Campos and Peter Schmeichel.
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