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Enrico Del Rosario joins Kings Hammer Soccer Club

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ENRICO Del Rosario's journey in the world of soccer continues as he joins the roster of Kings Hammer Soccer Club, an elite U23 team that will compete in the 2020 Ohio Valley Premier League.

Del Rosario, the NMI men's national team captain who is now a student-athlete at the Northern Kentucky University,  said when he heard that Kings Hammer was conducting tryouts, "I asked Coach Paul if I could join the team and he advised me to come to the training for evaluation."

Del Rosario at first was not too confident. "The tryouts were competitive, challenging but fun, and consisted more of drills and scrimmages."

 As for his performance, “I believe I did decent. I was nervous at first but performed a bit better every training session. I wasn’t too confident that I’d make the cut at first as there were many good players, but I just went out there and tried my best, with the hope that I was giving a good impression to the coaches."

He said he feared that the coaches would not see what he could offer. "I don’t fare well with short tryouts. Luckily, this one lasted a couple of weeks, which gave me a great amount of time to adjust and get comfortable with the coaches, other players and set plays."

Enrico Del Rosario is about to pass the ball during a soccer match in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in this file photo. Contributed photo

As a student-athlete, Del Rosario had to balance the tryout with his education. His full-packed schedule as a student is one of his biggest challenges. "I’m down to the last few months until graduation in December, so schoolwork is quite overwhelming. I've also started work at the airport recently." 

During the tryout, the coaches saw his potential and added him to the team.

"I consider it a privilege to be part of Kings Hammer SC,” Del Rosario. “It's always great to be playing for a great team and be given an opportunity to better yourself and improve your skills."

Del Rosario is now looking forward to playing in the Ohio Valley Premier League.

"I focus more on playing well in training so that I can be part of the roster for the game,” he said. “I was a little nervous at first because it had been a while since I last played an actual game, but after talking to my parents, they calmed me down and told me that it’s just another game. After the talk I felt fine and was calm and excited to finally play again."

Ohio Valley Premier League conducts the only premier U23 adult amateur soccer competition throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

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