- Born within the USA, the 14-year-old is the child of the squad
- At 9, she used soccer as a distraction when she misplaced all the things in a hearth
- Now she is dreaming of lifting the U-17 Girls’s World Cup in Uruguay
Behind Jennifer Sosa’s sunny disposition and contagious smile, there lies a exceptional life journey.
The 14-year-old goalkeeper, who’s making ready to signify the hosts on the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup Uruguay 2018, was really born in New York after her father Hector moved to the US searching for a greater life. Nevertheless, catastrophe struck when Jennifer’s household dwelling within the Bronx burned down when she was solely 9-years-old.
“We had been going to mattress when smoke began showing beneath a door. The home was catching fireplace and we didn’t have time to do something,” she instructed FIFA.com in near-perfect Spanish, albeit with the trace of a North American accent.
“We had been left on the street they usually took us to a shelter the place they provide help to to discover a dwelling. It takes some folks years, however we left after solely six months. We had been actually fortunate,” continued the goalkeeper.
It was at the moment that soccer appeared in her life. “My dad would take me to play as a method of distraction. Sooner or later he began taking photographs at me. I made some good saves and, after we bought dwelling, he instructed my mum that I had what it took to be a goalkeeper.”
Jennifer at all times associated “soccer and La Celeste with Uruguayan tradition”. Though she remembers celebrating the nation’s Copa America triumph in 2011, her ardour for the game solely actually began to develop as soon as she had been noticed by New York Metropolis FC and started placing within the onerous yards to attend coaching.
The street to the World Cup
Having seen how effectively she coped when enjoying with older boys, her father created a Fb web page the place he posted photographs and movies of Jennifer in motion. One factor led to a different and, in mid-2017, the decision got here from the nationwide staff.
At 13 years of age, Jennifer was to set foot on Uruguayan soil for the primary time.
“I spent three months there coaching, then in September I returned to the US to complete center faculty. It was a very nice expertise,” mentioned the goalkeeper, who stayed along with her godfather in Uruguay.
She returned to the nation in Might for the nationwide staff’s warm-up tour of China PR, by which period she had learnt the nationwide anthem by coronary heart. “Dad instructed me that, with a purpose to be like the opposite women and fully Uruguayan, I must study it. So I practised and practised.”
Understandably, Jennifer’s nerves begin to jangle on the considered what will probably be prefer to sing that anthem on 13 November earlier than her nation’s opening sport in opposition to Ghana. Nonetheless smiling, she even slips in a phrase of English as her Spanish for as soon as fails her.
“It is going to be emotional, however we’ve actually ready for today. Our intention is to win the primary sport, to get by way of to the following spherical, after which we’ll see. We’re all dreaming about lifting the trophy and serving to to boost the profile of girls’s soccer right here.”