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Step into the Shoes of Semi-Pro Soccer Player German Alfaro
 
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by Aim Cardenas

August 9th, 2018

 

Final 4: Amateur Cup in Milwaukee Wisconsin

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German Alfaro (11)

It’s Thursday after noon, I am driving towards Ontario airport heading out to participate in the national soccer tournament with San Nicolás. Our team was preparing to fly out to Milwaukee ,Wisconsin to take on their home team Bavarian FC.

The flight experience was very strange. We flew to Phoenix and from Phoenix we were going to fly to Milwaukee, however due to sandstorms we were forced to land in Tucson. After being delayed at the airport for 5 hours we were at last able to find a flight, but not to Wisconsin. Our journey took a twist. Instead we found a flight to Las Vegas where we got a connecting flight to Midway airport in Chicago. We landed in Chicago around 2:30 pm. In Chicago we met up with the teams general manager (Daniel Collazo) and staff who were waiting for us with vans. Unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to fly into Milwaukee’s airport instead we boarded the vans and embarked on a 2 1/2 hour drive into Wisconsin.

San Nicolas - 2018 - Final 4: Amateur Cup in Milwaukee Wisconsin

With 1hr and 30mins till kick off time we finally arrived to Wisconsin. From that point on it felt like a race against time. We had to eat rushed on the road and finally arrived at the hotel around 5:50pm. We dropped our belongings and rushed over to the pitch where kick off was scheduled at 7:30pm. After spending 24 hours traveling to the pitch I felt exhausted but ready to go all in. Luckily, the game before had gone into overtime. This provided us the opportunity to regroup mentally as individuals but more importantly as a team. Regardless of what we had just gone through, I knew it was time to take advantage of this opportunity. I felt I had made it this far and it was a moment to display my potential despite of how physically drained I was. It was game time.

[[watch the highlights from the game]]

Unfortunately, we came out a bit short. We lost in DOUBLE OVER-TIME. The final score ended at 2-1 with FC BAVARIAN winning, whom the next day went on to the final and accomplishing their 7th national cup. Although, our team was not victorious overall the experience was amazing. I didn’t take the opportunity to show my talent outside of California for granted. Being able to do what I love most in front of 800 beautiful fans was an experience of its own. After the match Wisconsin fans were complimenting my work on the pitch. These compliments made the stressful journey worth it. I had lots of fun doing what I love and I am sure it’s an experience my teammates and I will not forget. 

How Messi's 100 European goals were scored

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has emulated Cristiano Ronaldo in reaching 100 goals in UEFA club competition; UEFA.com dissects the Argentinian marvel's body of work.

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Lionel Messi has scored 100 goals in European competition in 122 games. After watching three matches from the bench, he made his competition debut in a 2-0 defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk on 7 December 2004 – aged 17.

How they were scored
Right foot – 16
Left foot – 80 (including five free-kicks and nine penalties)
Header – 4

Slow start
After four goalless outings – and nearly a year after his competition debut – Messi scored his first UEFA goal in a 5-0 thrashing of Panathinaikos on 2 November 2005. It remains the longest wait for a goal in his European career, though he has gone four games without scoring in three subsequent spells: October 2006–March 2007, March–September 2008 and February–April 2015.

Goal progression
1–20 – 42 games
21–40 – 21
41–60 – 18
61–80 – 23
81–100 – 18

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Hat-trick king
Messi shares with Cristiano Ronaldo the European record for hat-tricks: seven in total, including one four-goal haul (v Arsenal, 6 April 2010) and five in a 7-0 triumph over Leverkusen (7 March 2012) – the latter tally a first for the UEFA Champions League (group stage to final). Last season he broke further new ground by hitting hat-tricks in successive appearancesagainst Celtic and Manchester City.

Peak periods
Those two trebles heralded a run of five straight games in which he claimed at least one UEFA Champions League goal – ten goals in all from September–December 2016. He had previously registered in a career-best five consecutive European matches from September 2013 to March 2014 (undeterred by missing several games through injury) and September to December 2014. His most prolific period was between November 2011 and March 2012, when he squeezed ten goals into just four matches.

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Most goals against (100)
9 – Arsenal
8 – AC Milan, Celtic
7 – Bayer Leverkusen
6 – Ajax, Manchester City
4 – Bayern München , Panathinaikos, Paris Saint-Germain, Spartak Moskva
3 – APOEL, København, Lyon, Viktoria Plzeň, Shakhtar Donetsk, Stuttgart
2 – Basel, BATE Borisov, Dynamo Kyiv, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Roma, Sevilla
1 – Borussia Mönchengladbach, Olympiacos, Porto, Rangers, Sporting CP, Werder Bremen

Home and away
The Camp Nou has been Messi's happiest hunting ground in Europe, with 55 of his strikes coming on home soil. He has also netted five times at neutral venues in UEFA Champions League finals and UEFA Super Cup games, plus 40 goals on the road.

High-water mark
Messi has been at his very best in the earliest stages of this competiton; his 60 in the group stage and 21 in the round of 16 are both tournament records. He bagged 14 goals in 11 games in his best UEFA Champions League campaign of 2011/12 – and managed an even more impressive rate in 2016/17 with 11 in nine outings.

Goals by round
Group stage – 60
Round of 16 – 21
Quarter-finals – 10
Semi-finals – 4
Finals – 5

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Winning mentality
Messi scoring generally means game over for Barcelona's European opponents – they have won almost 84% of the matches in which he has struck. He has scored in a losing cause in only three European fixtures.

When Messi scores his team have ...
Won 52
Drawn 7
Lost 3

Most goals in UEFA club competition
113 – Cristiano Ronaldo (151 games)
100 – Lionel Messi (122)
76 – Raúl González (158)
70 – Filippo Inzaghi (114)
67 – Andriy Shevchenko (142)