Andrés Vasquez has had a long journey from the beginning of his career to where he is today. The Pennsylvania native is a quality goalkeeper that was troubled throughout his high school career with injuries that ultimately prevented him from gaining exposure to college scouts. His lack of exposure forced him to question whether or not he should continue playing soccer altogether. After a great deal of thought, he decided to give his dream of playing college soccer another shot by attending the GPS Spain Academy in Valencia in hopes to get the exposure he deserved.
After playing many games and getting the right amount of exposure and interest from colleges, he finally found a home in the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Division I school. Vasquez gives a large amount of credit to the GPS Scholarships program in a quote describing his story which can be found here:
“College recruitment for me was a long, difficult process that required patience and perseverance more than anything. I missed the majority of my high school career due to injury, and by the end of senior year I was left with little options and was close to quitting soccer entirely. Instead of giving up, I decided to fight for a second chance at GPS Spain, where I played many games and improved exponentially. I generated interest from a few schools, but it still took several months to find the right fit for me. I finally received a great opportunity with coach Sean Phillips at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I committed in March. It took a long time, but seeing all of the hard work paying off in the end was totally worth the wait. Utilizing Global Premier Scholarships and the Staff here at the Academy made the process much easier for me.”
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