“No other club let me perform at my best.”
Chanel Garcia was born and raised in Albany, Ore. where she fell in love with soccer at a young age. Playing with local clubs and AYSO, teammate Paige Alexander (current 01G player) invited her to come tryout for her CFC club team under head coach, Alvaro Anaya. After two seasons with the team, coach Paul Goodwin needed help in showcase and invited Chanel to join. Following the tournament, Chanel was offered a spot on the 01G squad and felt at home.
“CFC felt like the right fit. They were able to get another level out of me.”
On previous teams, Chanel felt as if there was no connection and no competition.
“The other teams were just ‘whatever’ to each other, but here at Capital FC it was truly a family where you could really rely on one another.” Along with the family feel, Chanel said that the competition CFC presented was unlike any other. She stated that no other clubs at home gave her the opportunity to get to the next level – only CFC gave her the skills and competition to perform at her best.
Coming to CFC, Chanel was a part of our Scholarship Program that provides approximately 40% of players with financial assistance in the form of fee waivers or scholarships. Her scholarship allowed her to play at Capital and continue to grow.
Chanel is now playing as a Midfielder for Corban University where she is a first generation college student. She plans on majoring in biomedical sciences and entering the health field. On September 21st, she scored her first collegiate goal to give the Warriors a 2-1 victory over the College of Idaho.
“The coaching staff here at the club really opened doors for me when it came to college. They were the ones who told me I could play in college if I wanted to and got me in contact with multiple schools. I don’t think I would have played in college if it wasn’t for their motivation and connections.”
Post her collegiate career, Chanel wants to stay connected in the soccer world and continue to play or coach. With two younger sisters now involved at Capital FC, she hopes to elevate their game as well. Chanel remains connected with her CFC squad and knows those are friendships that will last a lifetime.
“CFC really became family to me. No other club let me perform at my best. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the level of play and coaches at this club.”
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