Richard Steele named best offensive player in soccer

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FORMER Saipan student-athlete and MP United Club soccer player Richard Steele continues to shine in Santa Barbara County, California where he and his family have relocated.

He was recently named the Best Offensive Player in the 2019-2020 season of the Santa Ynez Valley High School junior varsity soccer team.

Now a sophomore, Steele plays as a striker and midfielder for the Santa Ynez Valley High School Pirates. He is also the team leader in goals scored with five.

Prior to the start of the high school season, he played for the Kickers Soccer Club and was its scoring leader with 12 goals.

“The competition here is definitely more challenging than back on Saipan,” he told Variety in an interview. “There are just so many more players to play against, and there are a lot of very talented players that I've played with and against.”


Richard Steele shows the Best Offensive Player Award he received as a soccer player in California. Contributed photo

But Steele is also grateful for the skills he acquired on Saipan. “I've played soccer on Saipan for about 10 years, and I've learned many things from my coaches and teammates. I learned some good plays and moves, and they always taught me to play hard and never give up, and they also taught me how to use my speed to my advantage. I was able to use everything that they taught me to help me earn the Best Offensive Player Award here in California."

Steele is also an outstanding tennis player. He won many titles on Saipan, and was the No.1 seed for singles on his school’s varsity team in California where he won a division championship at a tournament in Fresno.

Academically, the former Mt. Carmel School Knight was accepted to the National Honor Society after the first semester of the school year.

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