By: JUANITA MALDONADO
(DONNA) — Donna senior boys’ soccer player Jose Rangel was selected as the RedskinSports.us Player of the Week for the week of January 30th through February 4th.
On Friday night, the Redskins took on the 2016 Class 5A State Soccer Champions Brownsville Porter. The team as a whole performed outstanding. But it was the two goals scored by Rangel that led the team to a 2-0 upset victory over the reigning champs.
Rangel sat down with RedskinSports.us Sports Reporter Juanita Maldonado for a question and answer session.
JM: Jose, congratulations on being named Player of the Week for Redskin Sports. Now I’d like to get to know a little bit more about your. Where did you get the idea to begin playing soccer?
JR: At first, I did not know a thing about soccer. One of my neighbors introduced me to it and I decided to continue playing it.
JM: How long have you been playing soccer for?
JR: I have been playing since I was in 2nd grade.
JM: Who is your favorite soccer team?
JR: My favorite team is the Cobras FC because they are a team that always keeps their head up. Regardless of who their rival is, they always put up a great fight.
JM: Who is your favorite soccer player?
JR: Lionel Messi is my favorite soccer player because he is an incredible player. He has so many great qualities that help him out on the field and I just love the way he plays.
JM: What are some lessons that soccer has taught you?
JR: Through soccer, I learned that you can make a lot of friends. You will find a lot of friends that turn into a family, just like my current team. They are my family and brothers.
JM: What is your favorite thing about playing with your team?
JR: I love how they are like brothers to me. I like how we all get along and how united we are. I have a great team because there are some outstanding players here.
JM: What teammate really inspires you to be a better player?
JR: I would have to say Angel Reyes because to him, it doesn’t matter if he is on the bench. If he starts off on the bench and is asked to go into the field, he demonstrates to the coach that he is going to give it all that he possibly can. In practices and in games, he’s always giving it 100%.
JM: How do you prepare yourself before a game?
JR: Before a game, I usually don’t think about what I am going to do. It’s when I am in the game that I do what I love to do which is to play soccer.