Dec 5, 2015 1:54 AM by Ross Field
There is a local soccer play fans might not know about just yet, but if all goes accordingly the name Jiovanni Casillas should resonate with local soccer for some time to come.
The 14-year-old Chico resident has made a name for himself in the Butte United Club circuit, scoring 54 goals in his past 40 matches, and his hard work and talent is paying off.
Casillas was recently selected to try out for an U-14 United States development team, which will head to Europe in March to train overseas.
The striker Casillas is one of fifty kids from around Western United States born in the year 2002 to earn a tryout invite. It'll take place next week in Casa Grande, Arizona.
The objective of the development program is to identify and help develop the players who have exhibited the potential to play at the highest levels of the game - professional soccer.
Casillas trains four days a week with his team and also works out on his own. another two hours of personal training. He hopes all that work and the upcoming tryout will lead to the fulfillment of his ultimate goal - playing soccer professionally.
"I've been working my whole life for this and I'm so glad for this opportunity," said Casillas.
"Obviously only fifty kids were invited to tryout, that makes it very special when you think about the number of kids his age that are playing soccer in this country. Very rare, let alone a kid that's homegrown here in Chico," said Ian Byrd, Jiovanni's club coach.
Congratulations Jio, and best of luck!
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