Soccer (or football I should say) is not very popular in Pakistan, the home of my parents. In fact, the nation is ranked 164th out of 208 nations by FIFA. However, my parents were always fans of the sport, so when they immigrated to the United States, they brought their passion for the game with them.
Born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest region of the United States, I have been playing organized soccer ever since I began running. I began in the recreational league in my community and worked my way up the ranks, eventually playing several years on the local select club, Crossfire Select. In my four seasons on the team, I held my own on the competitive squad and started every single game at right back. While on this team, we won the Founder’s Cup State Championship twice in a row, solidifying our position as one of the best select soccer teams in the state. As a member of my high school squad however, I found that left wing was where I truly felt comfortable, starting in that position all throughout high school.
While on the pitch, I always wanted to emulate my role models. I grew up watching legends showcase their talents – Beckham, Ronaldinho, and Zidane posters covered my walls. However, the most glorious soccer moment in my life came in 2007, when the Seattle Sounders FC became an expansion team in the MLS. Though not the world’s strongest league, the incorporation of the team into the MLS brought an entirely new vibe to the city of Seattle, and suddenly, soccer became cool again.
As a writer on Football.com, I hope that I can share my passion for soccer with all of you!
I am based out of Seattle, Washington and am a current student at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.