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Zariya Smith,17, of the Virgin Islands, was recently selected to join the Rush Soccer Club, the largest youth soccer club in the world.
Smith, who attends the Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, tried out for the organisation on Monday evening, February 6th, and got word of her selection soon after.
In an interview with BVI Platinum News, an overjoyed Smith expressed that she is happy to join a team, adding that it encourages her to practise more and play harder.
Noting that she aspires to be a professional footballer, she said, “This means more practice to be the best and see how far I can get with this opportunity.”
Being a part of the Rush Soccer Club, which has youth clubs across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America, Smith now has the opportunity to travel and play a host of games against top teams around the world.
More opportunities are also made available for her to be spotted and scouted by international senior teams.
“Most of all I get to play the sport I love.”
As a BVIslander, Smith expressed that the opportunity stands as a prime example that not only the United States have talent, but the Caribbean as well.
To the youths in the BVI, she noted that hard work pays off.