In South America, Soccer is more than just a sport, it's a way of life. Soccer runs through its descendants veins and is used as a scapegoat for what most know as an impoverished life. Coming up as a child, my first love was soccer, and the sheer passion of the game was passed down on to me from my Colombian-born parents; likewise their parent's passed down that same passion on to them. Similarly, this love for the game can be seen throughout my family, and it's never a dull moment when a soccer match comes on. Yet, even greater pride can be seen when we look at one of our very own family members, thriving because of soccer. Without further ado, I am proud to offer you guys a piece of Kelly's story and even prouder to call her my cousin, the collegiate soccer player.
#7 Keleyna "Kelly" Romoleroux, Nassau Community College | IG: @Keleyna_Kelly
This Saturday we will witness the first "El Clasico" of La Liga's season. FC Barcelona plays host (in Camp Nou) to their biggest rival, Real Madrid, on December 3rd at 10:15 AM EST. This game has major implications for the standings as first place Real Madrid (33 pts) leads second place, and reigning La Liga Champions, FC Barcelona (27 pts). A win for Madrid will create a larger gap between the competition, and a win for Barcelona will right the ship for what has been a sub-par season to FCB's standards. Although this game has a lot of meaning in terms of each team's chances at the top seed for La Liga this season, perhaps the history of this rivalry will add to that drama. To put it into perspective, imagine combining sport's greatest rivalries of Lakers-Celtics, Red Sox-Yankees, Cowboys-Giants, and Ali-Frazier into the world's most popular sport, soccer; The result is El Clasico. The 3 points that are obtained off a victory are up for grabs, and it's anyone's game.