Before Boston City FC took the pitch against NY Cosmos “B” this past weekend, I was informed of a player I should profile.
Gabriel De Souza, defender for BCFC, who was an All NPSL all star last season, currently works and lives in Worcester. During the match, Gabriel made several crucial intercepts of the ball, especially late. His anticipation and ability to read the game was pointed out on several occasions during the match. He also showed the ability to play the ball out from the back to counter attack.
So after the game I spoke with Gabriel to find out more about him.
“I like Worcester very much. Adapting there was very easy because it has great culture, very diverse. I’ve been living there for about two years now. I really enjoy Worcester and living there”. In General living in Worcester, adapting to life there and in America.
“Its not hard to find a bar to watch soccer in Worcester. There’s a lot of Brazilians living in Worcester, bars that transmit games from Brazil, Spain.” in regards to the soccer culture on Worcester
When I asked Gabriel about his favorite team in Brazil, he answered with a big smile.
“My favorite team in Brazil is Sao Paulo. I grew up watching Palhinha (BCFC manager) play for Sao Paulo and win multiple championships. So its actually an honor to be playing for him today as head coach.”
“The wind did play a factor but we cant complain, because it affects both sides. With this being a wide open field, sometimes when you try to trap the ball, hit it first touch you might miss it a bit because of the wind, but that doesn’t justify us not getting the win.” post game comments in regards about the affect the wind had on game play
“On the play of the goal, we had the ball, and we weren’t expecting them to have the breakaway, and he was very fast. We were a little open. During halftime Palhinha spoke to us, we were more closed, he didn’t have any more chances, and we fixed what we had to make sure it didn’t happen again.” on preventing NY Cosmos “b” Thierjung from repeating how he scored his goal