Lakeland senior Matias Prando is a team captain and midfielder on the varsity boys soccer team.

How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?

My parents put me on Shrub Oak when I was 6 years old.

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What do you think are your strengths as a soccer player?

Being a versatile player, great passer, great defender, good shooter and able to read the game well.

As a senior captain on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?

Very important because I have to help keep the team organized and focused on and off the field and have them stay on task to accomplish our goal.

You were involved in a scary car accident with fellow senior captains Jordan Fein and Nick Foci right before sectionals last season. How has that changed your perspective on soccer and life?

It showed that you can’t take anything for granted in life. When you have an opportunity take it, you never know what can happen to you.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Hanging out in the locker room and listening to music.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My parents. They taught me that you have to work hard to get what you want.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I played academy for New York Soccer Club and am a back-to-back national champion (2015-16). I was also born in Uruguay.

Do you plan on continuing soccer in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?

Yes, but I’m not sure where yet.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Luis Suarez; FC Barcelona.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Rap 

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? 

The ability to fly so I could take myself anywhere.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Italy because it is an amazing place. 

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Pasta with meat sauce.

Best place to eat in Shrub Oak and why?

Frankie & Augie’Z, they have the best food around.

What advice would you give to a young soccer player growing up in Shrub Oak?

Work hard to become a better player each day and practice on your own.