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Coach Mateo

About Me

I have had a passion for soccer since early childhood.

I was first introduced to the game while playing on the competitive streets of DC.

As my skills improved, I realized I needed to develop my footwork and agility. 

It wasn't until I mastered my ball-control when I realized that ball-handling would become an even more effective tool for me.

As I spent the earlier part of my youth dominating the fields and courts I played on, I eventually realized the only thing I enjoyed more than scoring goals...was stopping them.

I filled in one time as a goalkeeper and was immediately hooked. 

I searched high and low for a quality goalkeeping instructor, but could never find the right trainer that would really challenge me.

That all changed when I began working with Coach Christian here at MASA.

He took me under his wing and helped me blossom into the proud shot stopper I am today.

Q: What other hobbies do you have outside of soccer/goalkeeping?

A: I'm a strong believer in working out. Being big and strong helps me feel more dominant on the field.


Q: It sounds like you're a very active person. How do you like to unwind?

A: I usually enjoy watching goalkeeper videos online. MASA has a great collection. 

Q: Where do you see yourself one year from now?

A: Well, I'll definitely be playing at Washington College, but in the meantime, I'm gonna keep putting in the hours and train with coach Christian.

Mateo's Quotes

"It's playing in the goal that helps me feel whole"

"If you think nobody can tell you're not in position, then maybe you need to get 20/20 vision."

"It's only when I can reach the ball when I know I can win it all."

"Be ready for the SHOT to COME, or you'll get caught and be done."

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