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Southwest soccer star headed to Europe

March 22, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

Southwest High School soccer player Joshua Mora is going to have an exciting summer.

The Eagle sophomore will get the opportunity of a lifetime this July when he travels to Europe to compete in soccer matches in England, Denmark and Sweden.

"This is a once in a lifetime thing to get to go to Europe and compete," the 16-year-old Mora said. "To have the privilege to represent the United States is going to be fun."

Mora will be traveling with the United Soccer Academy and will depart July 10 for a 20-day soccer excursion. He was selected to play on the team based on a try-out in Irvine in December. Among more than 400 candidates at the try-outs, Mora was one of three players selected to play for the team.


Secure in his place on the team, the Southwest super-sophomore is intent on cracking the unit's starting lineup.

"I'm going to have to give it a 100 percent effort to make the starting lineup," he said. "Right now I'm practicing hard and working on the drills they sent me."

Mora has been playing soccer since he was 6, or for 10 years. He was a varsity starter for the Eagles as a freshman and as a sophomore. To say soccer is in his blood is not just a cliché, it is a fact.

"My dad played semi-pro soccer in Los Angeles," he said. "He influenced me as far as playing. I saw my dad play and I knew I liked the sport. Now I want to work hard and get better."

Mora thinks the trip will not only benefit him personally but will help his soccer game.

"This will give me a lot more confidence," he said. "I will know a different level of soccer and get better so that I can get a scholarship and continue my soccer career."

The final hurdle Mora must clear before he can head to Europe is a financial one. He must raise $4,600 before the trip and is seeking sponsors and any additional support. Mora has spent time cutting grass, he and his teammates have staged car washes and he and his mother have contacted local businesses.

"We've been doing so much stuff it gets you all scrambled," he said of his fund raising attempts. "It's hard to go to the businesses because there are so many. With soccer it's easy. You just play it."

Anyone interested in helping Mora should contact him at 353-8096.

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