Samuel is heading into his third season with Valeo F.C! We are extremely impressed with his dedication and the hard work he brings to the club. Each and every day Samuel is striving to be the best soccer player he can be.
We sat down with Samuel virtually to see what he's been up to!
What’s your favorite thing about Valeo?
My favorite aspect of my experience at Valeo is the culture that is developing inside the club at the moment. That culture is characterized by passion for the game of soccer. It brings the coaches together to come to any Valeo team’s session to help out, even if it’s not the squad they coach. It also creates a tight bond between each and every member of every Valeo squad. I can say this is especially true of the 2002 Valeo team. We have a brotherly love for each other that was built on a passion that we all share for the beautiful game. Our coaches have continuously encouraged that passion.
Best memory at Valeo?
My favorite Valeo memory is winning the Iber Cup in Spain. I was one of a few new players to the team. I grew very close with many players on that trip. We were all there to win as well as enjoy soccer at the same time, and that’s exactly what we did. The Iber Cup was my introduction to a group of people that care about my well being, care about my future, and that treat me like family.
What made you pick Cornell?
I chose to commit to Cornell because it not only matches my academic interests, but I also recognized that the coaching staff and team dynamic were exactly what I was looking for in a American university. They treat you with respect as well as see a future for you, but nothing is given to you that is not earned through hard work and dedication.
What do you do when you’re not playing soccer?
When I am not playing soccer, I am doing my school work or watching whatever soccer games I can. I also love to hang out with my friends, but certain priorities come first, and they would agree with that.