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Durfee alumni becomes professional

Cory Cardeiro '11
Staff Reporter
February 3, 2011

Andrew Sousa, a 2007 graduate from B.M.C. Durfee High School, had a “dream come true” moment. On Tuesday, January 18, he was selected in the 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft by the New England Revolution.

“I was introduced to a soccer ball before I could even walk," said Sousa, "and I always played in my yard with my older brothers, but organized soccer started with Fall River Youth Soccer when I was four years old.”

The most popular players that are looked up to today are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and David Beckham, but for Sousa growing up, his biggest role model was Portugal’s fan favorite, Midfielder Rui Costa.

“Durfee helped me grow as a player and become more versatile for playing in both the midfield and as a forward,” said Sousa of his former school.

“It was challenging when I went into Limestone College. I was going into a team returning all 11 starters, and they were ranked seventh in the nation. This gave me more motivation to get a starting spot. Getting a starting spot at seventeen years old with a team full of men gave me a lot of confidence and drove me to want to succeed more. At Providence College, [Head Coach] Chaka Daley entitled me to nothing when I committed but he gave me a lot of confidence on the field by believing in my skills along with Coach DeMelo. Starting as a sophomore at a Division One school in the Big East [Athletic Conference] gave me a lot of confidence to continue working harder.”

Hearing his name called, Sousa “didn’t react at all. I froze, and all the hard work throughout my career just flashed through my head. It made me feel great to make everyone else around me happy.”

Fall River kid Andrew Sousa would like to make a name for himself as a pro “no matter where playing professionally takes me,” and he looks to move on to accomplish his own Fall River dream.