A.J. Esparza
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    A.J. Esparza

    Class:
    Sophomore

    Hometown:
    Chandler, AZ

    High School:
    Perry

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 150

    Position:
    Defender

    - Air Force Athletics co-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 15)

    2013 (Freshman)
    Appeared in 13 games, started 12 on the back line ... finished third among freshmen on the team with 1167 minutes played ... attempted one shot.

    Before Air Force
    ODP: Played for Arizona State team from 2008-10 ... also member of region team those same years ... team captain ... coach was Nathan Fairchild.

    U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of Real Salt Lake Academy team from 2011-13 ... helped team to second-place finish in Southwest Division both seasons.

    Club: Led Real Salt Lake Elite team to North Huntington Beach Tournament title in 2012 ... helped Sereno South team finish third in the state in 2011 and San Tan Legacy team to a third-place state finish in 2010 ... team captain on San Tan team.

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in soccer ... helped team to state semifinals in 2011 and quarterfinals in 2010 ... second-team all-region selection in 2011, only sophomore on the all-region team ... named team's most improved player as a sophomore ... high school soccer coach was Jim Vanney.

    Personal
    Parents are Anthony and Delia Esparza ... given name is Anthony ... has one sister and one brother ... his sister, Yolanda, played softball at St. Mary's College (Calif.) ... member of National Honor Society and was an AP Scholar ... interested going to medical school following his time at the Academy ... completed the Expeditionary Skills and Evasion Training (ESET) this past summer ... also completed the jump program ... member of dean's list both semesters and commandant's list fall of 2013 ... hobbies include playing video games, swimming and basketball ... also recruited by Occidental College ... favorite food is entomotadas ... favorite book is The Crossing ... reality TV show he would choose to be on is The Price is Right ... person in history he would most like to meet is Leonardo da Vinci ... greatest moment in sports was winning his first playoff game in high school ... credits his mother with the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing soccer at age five ... favorite professional soccer team is Manchester United ... favorite player is Christiano Ronaldo ... member of cadet squadron 20.

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