Christian Nunez, Terrell High School student who will be a senior in the Fall, was selected to the Tigres UANL under age 17 Youth Academy soccer team in May.
Tigres UANL is a Mexican professional soccer team based in San Nicolas de los Garza, a city in the Monterrey metropolitan area of Mexico. Tigres UANL competes in Liga MX, which is the top professional level of the Mexican Soccer League. The Tigres have won the Liga MX seven times and the Copa MX three times.
Nunez competed in a two-day tryout in Garland where one of the Tigres UANL youth academy teams is based. Nunez was the lone athlete selected out of the 33-tryout athletes to travel to Monterrey and practice with other under age 17 international players associated with the Tigres UANL youth academy team. From there, he was placed in the under age 17 Youth Academy Team.
“I still don’t believe it,” Nunez said. “It’s insane. Everything is just a dream and it feels weird when you’re actually living the dream.”
The next step awaiting Nunez, is getting a call to be placed on the Tigres UANL under age 20 team roster.
“You have to have the mindset to put the work in,” Nunez said.
Nunez started playing soccer at age four. He has played two seasons for the Terrell High School varsity boys soccer team as a center mid-fielder. He has also played two seasons for the Terrell High School varsity football team as a kicker.
Nunez said that it has always been a goal to play professional soccer.
“They’re a really good team so I know it’s great competition,” Nunez said about Tigres UANL. “It’s insane because they could buy any other player that they want to but they want to pick players they see having talent coming up from the bottom. I just think that’s great.”