This Saturday, Boca Raton FC return home to take on Storm FC at The Shipyard. As the Boys in Blue look to pick up three points in front of the home fans, our player to watch is Gabriel Diniz.

The Brazilian forward has played a significant role in Boca Raton’s NPSL season, appearing in eight of nine games and playing a total of 531 minutes. Diniz has recorded a team-high two assists this season and will look to add to that against Storm FC. “My favorite thing about playing for Boca Raton FC is the team’s playstyle,” says Diniz. “The team passes the ball well, making it easy to get the ball in space.”

Diniz plays collegiate soccer for Stetson University, for whom he appeared in 15 of 16 games in the 2017 season. The left-footed forward feels that playing for the Hatters has been positive for his development: “ I have matured as a player and have developed a better understanding of the game. I have had some good coaches who have helped me to improve both technically and physically.”

Prior to playing for Stetson, Diniz played for his hometown club Goiania Esporte Clube, scoring 12 goals in 18 games during his final season.

Diniz has enjoyed learning from head coach Jim Rooney: “He is an excellent coach and has great experience to draw from. He constantly teaches us important things to improve our game. I’m very thankful to be learning from a professional like him!”

After a difficult road stretch, the Boys in Blue are eager to get back on track against Storm FC. Diniz feels that focus will be the key to earning a positive result: “The most important thing is to keep our head up and focus on one game at a time. It can be difficult to turn things around, but I believe we can bounce back this weekend. We need to remain focused in order to perform.”

Come out to The Shipyard to support the Boys in Blue on Saturday! For those unable to attend, the game will be broadcasted live on Boca Chamber Radio. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.

Story by: Zach Townsend | Boca Raton FC Communications Staff


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