UNION MALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Andre Vieira, senior — boys soccer

“Andre Vieira is a four-year varsity player and captain. He exemplifies what a leader is on and off the field. Andre is a player that leads on the field with his work ethic and positive attitude that sets the tone with his teammates. His hard work has paid off scoring seven goals and two assist in the first three games of the season. He is currently being recruited to play college soccer. The same work ethic has been rewarded in the classroom with Andre currently having a 3.3 GPA.”
— Union boys soccer coach, Lester Lembryk

How closely did you pay attention to the World Cup this summer? What did you enjoy most?
I would say I paid close attention to the World Cup. I enjoyed watching Croatia making it to the finals because they were the dark-horse team and people said they wouldn’t make it to the final.

Do you feel it was odd not to see the U.S. in the tournament?
I felt it was a little odd the U.S wasn’t in the World Cup because I think we have a young talented team that works hard.

Previously you’ve identified Cristiano Ronaldo as your favorite player. What particularly do you admire about him? Do you have a favorite club/team?
I admire Ronaldo’s hard work and dedication to always win. He is probably the most hardworking player in the world. My favorite team is Manchester United.

What have you learned over the past couple of seasons that you believe has been most helpful this year?
These past couple seasons I learned to become a better leader and to never give up when times are rough. Hard work will pay off and better results will show. Playing for my schools has made me a better person on and off the field.

What are your favorite subjects in school?
My favorite subject in school would be math.

Coach Lembryk says you’re being recruited for college. What schools have you considered/are you considering?
My top three schools I have considered going too are Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck), Montclair State University and Rutgers-Newark.

Do you have any career plans beyond college yet?
After college I would love to become a professional soccer player but if that doesn’t work, I want to work with sports marketing.

What do you do for down time?
On my down time, I hang out with friends, play some Fortnite and FIFA on Xbox. I also like to watch some YouTube videos.

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