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Cerritos College men’s soccer defender Alejandro Covarrubias is no stranger to success.

Over the years playing soccer at Bell High School, L.A. Galaxy Academy U-18 and U-20, U.S. National Team U-18 and U-20, and Cerritos College, he has achieved what one might call pure greatness.

While playing for these teams, he has gone on to receive countless amounts of accolades and achieve impeccable honors while being recruited heavily by many NCAA Div. 1 programs.

When he was at Bell High School he played varsity soccer all four years and earned All-League and All-City honors as a defender.

It was his junior year at Bell High School when colleges started taking notice of these achievements and recruited him seriously.

Colleges such as the University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina, Duke University, Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, San Diego State, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State Northridge all tried to get him to come play for them but one particular school out of the bunch received most of his attention: UCLA.

He decided during his junior year that he wanted to become a Bruin and play for UCLA, but due to his academic performance in high school, he was advised by recruiters to go to Cerritos College and earn his AA degree first then they would pick him up right after.

Covarrubias started playing soccer for Cerritos College in 2009. He thrived in the Falcons soccer program earning First Team All-South Coast Conference as a defender his freshman year and was named team captain his sophomore year.

He is the epitome of a hard working leader according to teammate Goalkeeper Danny Lizama who said “He’s one of the hardest working players here on the field; he’s always working hard at practices and does a good job to support us.”

His hard work has paid off as he has been the catalyst for Cerritos defense which, recorded nine shutouts last season, and this year has posted six shutouts well holding each opponent to an average of only one point per game and has a national team ranking of No. 3.

Covarrubias success on defense comes from his favorite player whom he models his game after, Mexico National Team captain and defender Rafael Marquez.

“The way he plays he is just very physical in the back and when he’s on the ball he is very technical,” said Covarrubias.

Undoubtlabely Marquez plays a very similar if not identical game to himself according to Covarrubias.

The Cerritos captian will be playing for UCLA next season. One of the main reasons he has chosen to play for UCLA he said was “All my friends that I’ve played with club since I was younger all go there.”

Another reason he has chosen UCLA, is that their head coach Kenny Arena’s father is Bruce Arena, who is the former U.S. National Men soccer head coach and current L.A. Galaxy head coach.

Covarrubias said “That’s a connection right there to go pro.”

So connections are in place for Covarrubias whom has made it clear that his goal is to play professional soccer whether in the United States or Europe.

His dream team to play for would be Arsenal, which is based in England and competes in the English Premier League.