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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 1 year ago

Sports Spotlight — West Orange Times & Observer: Daniel Garcia

Senior Daniel Garcia helped Foundation Academy soccer team have breakout season.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

The Foundation Academy boys soccer team had its best season to date last winter and made it all the way to the regional final. Senior goalkeeper Daniel Garcia was a big part of the Lions’ success. Garcia had 127 saves in goal, while also scoring five goals and dishing out three assists while out on the field as a midfielder.

How proud are you of the season that the team had?

I’m really proud. We had a young group, and a lot of people said that we wouldn’t be able to do it. But we went undefeated in district, won the district title and (went) the farthest that the program has gone at Foundation. 


What was different about this year’s team?

We were more like a family. ... If somebody got hurt, another player would step up.


Which game this season was the most memorable?

The district semifinals against International Community School. It was a hard game, and we fought — it was our first penalty-kick shootout. We were able to make all of our penalty kicks, and it was just a good victory.


How long have you been playing the game?

I’ve been playing soccer since I was 4 — my grandfather used to play. I’ve loved it ever since.


Who is your all-time favorite soccer player?

Ricardo Kaká, the Brazilian player who came to Orlando City (Soccer Club). I’ve been watching him since I was 6 or 7 years old.

Did you get to see him play or meet him while he played for Orlando City?
I got to meet him and watch him play. I met him after a game, I was waiting out in line. It was a dream come true to get to meet your favorite player ever.


Who has been your favorite teacher at Foundation?

I would say Pastor Keith Yarborough, the Bible teacher. He’s always been there for me, and when I have questions, I can go and talk to him.


Who’s your favorite superhero?

Iron Man. With the suit, he’s super good, and without it, he’s got a bunch of money and a lot of nice cars. I like his ego.


Which movie featuring Ironman is your favorite?

I would say “Civil War” with Captain America. I liked the whole plot — the fighting and how they brought all the characters into it.


What’s your favorite meal?

It’s a Spanish meal called bandeja paisa. It’s a Colombian meal, and it has rice and beans, a big piece of steak, an egg — I love it. It’s something my grandma makes.


How excited are you for the future of the program?

I’m really excited for the program. It’s a young team, and they’re going to get way better, especially with the coaching staff we have. 

Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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