Former San Jacinto College soccer player joins Mexico’s F.C. Excelsior
HOUSTON — Former San Jacinto College (SJC) soccer forward Roy Hernandez is yet another SJC soccer alum to play professionally.
After his sophomore season at the College in 2007, Hernandez went on to play for Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. He then made his mark in the Southern Premier Soccer League for both the Galveston Pirate SC and the Houston Regals FC, leading the Regals to the 2011 U.S. Open Cup and earning the Southern Premier Soccer League’s Golden Boot and Player of the Year honors that same year.
In order to continue pursuing his dream to play professional soccer, Hernandez will play for F.C. Excelsior in his native country of Mexico, one of the best teams in the Mexican second division. Hernandez sees this as a great opportunity to be seen by Mexican first division teams.
“I bring a lot of ambitions to Mexico,” said Hernandez in an interview with RUMBO Houston newspaper. “One of them is to win the championship in my first season with Excelsior and I think we have the team to do it. The technical level in the second division is very good, and I think I will grow a lot as a player.”
Hernandez ended his interview by thanking his coaches, mentors, and teammates he’s had thus far in his soccer career for helping him get this far, and wished all of them continued success.
Hernandez is the 10th San Jacinto College soccer player to play professionally. Other SJC soccer alumni that have gone on to professional careers include Cyprian Hedrick (Sporting Kansas City), Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica), Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls), Kieron Bernard (Orlando City), Carlos Villa (CSD Municipal), Mozesh Gyorio (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Ryan Maxwell (New England Revolution), Brandon Durden (River Plate Puerto Rico), and Ken Hoerner (Houston Dynamo reserves).
For more information about San Jacinto College men’s soccer, visit www.sanjacsports.com.
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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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