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Ten year-old Hudson soccer star captains Canadian team in Paris, France

PHOTO BY ALAIN FREUD Although his team did not make it to the finals, Alexander Aguirre-Freud (above) and his teammates did come in second for the most goals scored in this prestigious tournament.

He is just 10 years old, attends Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Hudson, has been playing soccer for literally half his life and, just two weeks ago, he captained a Canadian team in France competing against seven other countries in a prestigious tournament - the PSG Cup 2017 - staged near Paris at a centre that specializes in training professional French football players.

His name? Alexander Aguirre-Freud. He plays intercity for the St. Lazare-Hudson Hawks as a left mid-fielder. His role model is Messi who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. And his dream is to one day become a professional soccer player.

Judging by his recent accomplishments, it would appear to be a dream he takes very seriously. He was selected to join the Centre de développement régional (CDR) in the Association Régional de Soccer Sud-Ouest (ARSSO) and he played all positions. He was also selected to play for the elite team of Paris Saint Germain Academy (PSG), as defense left.

PHOTO BY ALAIN FREUD Young Alexander Aguirre-Freud (in white) says he is proud to have led the Canadian team against opponents from Egypt, India, USA, France, Morocco, Brazil and Dubai.

Said the young soccer star in an interview with Your Local Journal this week, “I felt very honoured to represent Canada because it is my country and my home. And I fulfilled part of my dream when I found out that being part of PSG could send me to France to play against other countries from all over the world.”

For the record books, while the Canadian U11 team did not make it to the finals, it placed second overall in goals scored. But for his parents, Alain and Leila Freud, Alexander and everyone on his team was a definite winner.

Said Alain, “We were both very pleased and excited that he had the chance to represent Canada, and we are extremely proud of him and how humble he was even when he was chosen as team captain for the U11 Canadian Team with some 44,000 fans watching at just one match alone.”


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