Rodriguez is an All-American Soccer Player

Northwood’s soccer program is one of the best high school soccer programs in the country, so it is no surprise that one of our players, Mateo Rodriguez Cortina`20, was selected to play in the 2019 High School All-American Game.

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Rodriguez (second from left) with other Black Rock FC players at the All-American Game in Orlando, November 2019.

The game was played on Saturday, December 7th, and it consisted of twenty-one of the best high school players from the East (Mateo ́s Team) against the twenty-one of the best high school players from the West. This is the second time Northwood School soccer players have attended this huge match in Orlando, Florida. Last year, Inaki Rodriguez`19 and Christos Athanasiadis`19 were also selected. With only two years of existence, the Black Rock FC/Northwood School Residential Academy has shown that it possesses great individual and collective talent.

”When I got the news that I was selected to play at the All-American game, I was filled with excitement,” said Rodriguez. “I rushed to tell my parents and friends about it. It was a great satisfaction for all the hard work I’ve put in.”

This is the second All-American match that Mateo has been selected to. Last year he played in the Allstate All-American Game on July 31st. When asked to compare both experiences he said, “I think the overall experience of the event was quite different. The event schedule for last summer’s game was filled with side activities such as a ceremony, going to the MLS all-star game, among others. However, this All-American game was much more centered and focused on the game itself. Another huge difference was that it wasn’t as hot at this time of the year in Orlando.”

Unfortunately, the East team was not victorious, losing the game 4-3. Rodriguez was happy with how he played in the game. “It was challenging at first to play with people whom I had not played with before, but as soon as we got a rhythm going everything went smoothly. It was also nice to see familiar faces, as there were a lot of guys who played at the All-American game in July that was also selected to play in this one.” Despite the loss, Mateo says that it was a great experience and that he enjoyed the game a lot.

With everything that Black Rock FC/Northwood School Residential Academy has achieved, the expectations are now even higher than before. We trust that the Huskies will keep surprising us throughout the year!

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