As Boca Raton FC embark on the first game of a difficult three game road trip, our player to watch is Alec-Michael Petrizzi.
Petrizzi, who recently returned from his first year at the University of Louisville, joined Boca Raton FC in May.
Petrizzi, 19, is a left-footed midfielder. His strength lies in 1v1 situations; he is often able to get past defenders and looks to advance into the final third.
One aspect of his game that Petrizzi is focused on improving is his defending on negative transitions. Particularly when in advanced positions, it will be crucial for Petrizzi to track back when the ball is lost, especially against a team with an attack as strong as that of Miami United.
Although Alec-Michael did not get as many minutes as he would have liked during his freshman year at Louisville, it was a positive experience for him: “My first year at Louisville was good. I was able to improve everyday, while getting used to the pace and physicality of the college game.” Petrizzi has decided that a transfer to the University of Massachusetts is the best step to further his development, stating that he is eager to work with coach Fran O’Leary.
“It’s been great playing for Boca FC so far,” says Petrizzi. “I believe that we will be able to achieve great things as we continue to train together.” Similar to other Boca Raton players, Alec-Michael is excited by the opportunity to work with coach Jim Rooney: “He is a very experienced coach. He gives us great advice on what to do in certain situations.”
After having a two game win-streak snapped by Miami FC, Boca Raton FC look to kick off the three game road trip with a win as they travel to Milander Park. According to Petrizzi, the Boys in Blue need to avoid giving possession away cheaply if they are to get a positive result: “We need to take care of the ball and retain possession when we can.”
Come out to Milander Park at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday or listen to the game live on BocaChamberRadio.com!
Story by: Zach Townsend | Boca Raton FC Communications Staff