Get To Know The Zest: Samuel Gomez, California State University Bakersfield
20-year-old center-midfielder Samuel Gomez, pending league approval, played last year at for the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield will be playing his first Season for the SD Zest.
Here are some get to know you facts about Samuel
What got you into soccer?
“For as long as I could remember soccer has been a lifestyle in my house and that’s thanks to my dad. My older brother and my dad have been playing soccer for my entire life”. As a freshman Samuel played in 17 of 19 matches.Who was/is your favorite soccer player & why?
“Andres Iniesta and Zinedine Zidane are my favorites. They are so fun to watch and they play so smoothly and freely, plus they do it from center mid which is my position”.
Is there a team (other than the Zest) or professional league that you follow?
“I follow the Seattle Sounders. I’ve had season tickets since their first league game in the MLS and I’ve been a fan for a long time”. Samuel played in the Seattle Sounders academy system of the during the 2014-15 season.
How many siblings do you have?
“I have two siblings, an older brother and an older sister”.
What is your major in school and why do you pick that school & major?
“My major is kinesiology learning about our bodies is interesting to me because it’s really applicable to my life as a soccer player. I would want to live a healthy life even if I didn’t play soccer, so learning how to do that will help me and allow me to teach others”.
Where did you play high school/college soccer?
I played at Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Washington and now I play at California State University, Bakersfield”. Prior to attending either Cal State Bakersfield or the Seattle Sounders program, Samuel played for the Crossfire Premier Club from 2011 to 2014 and spent the Spring of 2015 in camp with Honduras’ U-20 National Team.
How has your level of play/technique improved or changed?
“Since college I’ve become a more confident, smarter, and more well-rounded player. “I would love to be able to make a living doing what I love to do, which is play soccer”.
“What have been your biggest challenges if any (physical, mental, outside the game, etc)?
“The length of the season has been a challenge for me. It goes by so quickly and it took me time to realize I needed to be fully ready by week one because there is no time to ease into the season.”
Have you ever played any other positions on the field? Would you like to?
“I’ve played every position except for goalie, but I would love to play winger for a couple of games”. Standing at 6 feet and 170 pounds his combination of size, agility and technique make him a nightmare for opposing coaches to game plan for.
What advice can you give amoung/aspiring soccer player who may be following you?
“You can never set goals that are too high because if you really believe in yourself and want something enough, you can make it happen”.