• Friday Aug 19, 2016

    CU15G Q&A: Karla Muñiz (Dominican Republic)

    The Dominican Republic's Karla Muñiz (pictured) enjoyed the experience of playing international football at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship in Orlando, Florida. 

    ORLANDO, Florida – There can be no doubting that the Dominican Republic challenged itself at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship. Although going went winless in four matches -- playing against two of the region’s traditional women’s footballing powers in the USA and Mexico, rising-side Haiti and Caribbean stalwart Trinidad & Tobago -- the Dominicans gained invaluable experience. One of those who will surely benefit from her time in Orlando is Karla Muñiz. The 14-year-old sat down with CONCACAF.com for the fifth in a series of CU15G Q&As. 

    At what age did you start playing football and why?

    I started playing football at nine-years-old because my dad wanted to me play a sport. He spoke to my school’s life coach to see what options were available and l ended up liking football. 

    Who is your favorite football player and why?

    My favorite players are Lionel Messi and Neymar because l like their skills on the field and the way they play to help their teams. 

    Besides Messi and Neymar, is there any player in the history of football that you'd like to play a match with or against...and why?

    l would love to play with Carli Lloyd of the United State women’s team because l know l can learn a lot from her as an athlete, outside & inside of the field. 

    When you're not playing football, what are some of your favorite things to do?

    Going out with my friends & family. l also play volleyball and go to the movies. 

    As you look to the future, what would you like to accomplish in and out of football?

    Inside football, l’m really focus on getting better, developing my skills and obtaining a college scholarship, so that I can go into either medicine or business management. 

    Realizing that you're still young, what has been the highlight of your career thus far?

    Playing in multiple cups and with my team winning most of them. Now, it is having the opportunity to play for my country’s under-15 team and participate in this championship. 

    If you could visit anywhere in the world for soccer or vacation, where would it be and why?

    For soccer, it would be the USA and a tour for Europe for vacations. 

    What motivates you as a player each day?

    I’m motivated by the unconditional support of my family and friends, and how they show interest in what l do. 

    What does it mean to you to wear the jersey of your country in an international competition?

    It means a lot. It’s an honor for me at such young age to represent my country and this can open a door for me in the future. 

    Why is this tournament important to you and all the players here in Orlando?

    It’s important because this will help us to prepare as individual players and as a team for the under-17 tournament. We can learn from our mistakes.

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