Becerra dives to save a goal in penalty kicks against a strong Pebble Hills team. The team would win the game in penalties. (Photo courtesy / Austin Rystad)
Becerra dives to save a goal in penalty kicks against a strong Pebble Hills team. The team would win the game in penalties.

Photo courtesy / Austin Rystad

Becerra strives for a district title before leaving to England next year

March 9, 2020

Talented T-Bird goalkeeper Francisco Becerra finishes his final high school soccer season. The young star has committed to i2i International Soccer Academy in England, where he will continue his career next year. Before that, he still has unfinished business here: he and his squad are focused on winning district.

Becerra transferred to Coronado his junior year but did not get the starting job, as there was already a senior goalkeeper ahead of him. This didn’t stop him from working on his game. Instead, he used this as an opportunity to get better.

Photo courtesy / Francisco Becerra
Becerra watches the game from his goalie box.

“I feel it was only fair due to the fact that the other goalkeeper had already been playing here, was a senior, and [was] very talented,” Becerra said.

Becerra worked on his craft while no one was watching, and it is apparent that it all payed off. For his senior year, he has high expectations for himself and his teammates. He doesn’t want to leave just a small impact for the next couple of years but rather a legacy that will be remembered here forever.

“Now that I am the starting goalkeeper this year, I hope to lead the T-Birds to win district, and to win the goalkeeper of the district award,” Becerra said.

Becerra had different options for his future after high school. He received interest from Belmont University, Xavier University, Club America in Mexico City, and UNAM Pumas in Mexico City. However, he chose i2i International Soccer Academy in England because of the location and the opportunity it gives for a career in soccer. England is one of the most prestigious countries in the world to play soccer and comes with unlimited opportunity to play professional soccer.

There are four games left before Becerra and the rest of the boys’ soccer team head to playoffs. We wish him the best of luck in the remainder of his games and cannot wait to see the bright future he has ahead of him.

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