PARKLAND, FL- Eighth grader Kyra Tuesta is no ordinary athlete. The Parkland resident is competing at the highest levels of global soccer. From South Florida to California to Europe, Tuesta is chasing her dream to play Division 1 Soccer in America and ultimately become a professional player.

The center attacking midfielder has been training at Barwis Performance Center in Deerfield Beach as she competes in elite soccer competition all over the world. Tuesta began playing at age four and starting playing competitively at age 6. She has competed and achieved success at each stage along the way, and was recently called into the USA U14 National Team in Dallas, Texas. Tuesta had been competing at the Olympic Development Program Regional and National Camps, and was selected to join the 40-person National Team from her performances at the Regional and National Camps. She also won the 2018 Disney World Futsal Championship and the 2019 Disney 3v3 National Championship.

"My short term goals would be to receive a scholarship at a top Division 1 program and to help win championships, while working towards a professional contract," says Tuesta.

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Tuesta currently attends school online at Florida Virtual Schools while pursuing her goals. The past couple of years opened doors to train with many of Europe's top clubs as well, including Lyon, Paris St. Germain, and Chelsea in England. Tuesta is currently training daily in her back yard in Parkland as she prepares to continue her quest to play soccer at the highest level possible.

"My longer term goals would be to play as long as I can and represent the U.S. Women's National Team," adds Tuesta. "Soccer has given me opportunities I am truly grateful for."