By Mikey Domagala
As many teenagers can remember, their first taste of participating in sports can be paired on the same pee-wee football or tee ball team as their best friend. Though many years have passed and interests in such sports have faded, there are still people out there who stuck with it and are now college athletes.
One of them being freshman, Brian Cano who is a member of the Men’s soccer team. Cano fell in love with soccer at a young age, playing centerback and rightback for many travel teams while eventually playing both Junior Varsity and Varsity at Sewanhaka High School.
In his senior year at Sewanhaka, Cano earned All-Conference honors while leading his team to its second playoff bid in six years. His liking for LIU Post first came from a student perspective, but when one of the school’s assistant coach’s invited him to train at an ID-camp on campus after watching him thrive in a college showcase, Cano quickly became infatuated.
Cano admits, “having [LIU Post] show that much interest in my skills on the soccer field, as well as myself already having interest in the school? It was a no-brainer.”
Cano is a speedy, crafty and a friendly soccer player. Being a voice on the field is what Cano says he is best at—if a teammate is in need of help or doesn’t see what is coming, Cano will call his teammate to look his way for the pass.
Cano credits Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho as his main influence on the soccer field. “I was very young when I began watching [Ronaldinho] play, and whenever he would get the ball he would make plays I had never seen before,” he said. “I always aspired to be like him—spontaneous.”
Just a few weeks into his freshman year, Cano is already enjoying his time at LIU Post and is looking forward to the opportunities that will come. Cano—also fluent in Spanish—is a sports broadcasting major who hopes to land an internship in this field as soon as possible. Working as a sports commentator in the future, “hopefully covering soccer” is Cano’s dream.
Living on campus because of location and efficiency for morning soccer practices, you can find him on the soccer field and in the classroom each day.
“I’m looking forward to doing great things as a soccer player and student. Whatever my coach or teammates need from me on the field, I will always be there to give it my all and come through for the school,” Cano concluded.