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East County Athlete of the Week: Josey Rubinstein

The ODA boys soccer junior has 12 goals and 32 points this season.

ODA boys soccer senior Josey Rubinstein.
ODA boys soccer senior Josey Rubinstein.
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Josey Rubinstein is a junior on The Out-of-Door Academy boys soccer team. Rubinstein scored two goals in ODA’s 3-2 win over Seffner Christian on Jan. 18. Rubinstein has 14 goals and 32 total points this season.

When did you start playing soccer?

I’ve played all my life. I’m the youngest kid in my family and everyone plays soccer. I started playing in the backyard with them, as far back as I can remember.

What is the appeal to you?

I like how open the sport is. It is free-flowing. You have a lot of space to be creative, both on the ball and off the ball.

What is your best skill?

I think it is my defensive ability, closing people down and keeping them in front of me.

What have you been working to improve?

My opposite foot. I’m a natural righty, so I want to improve my left foot. In the summers I will head outside and do drills with my family and shoot a little.

What is your favorite soccer memory?

I used to live in Warren, Vermont. I moved here in seventh grade. But in sixth grade, I played for Harwood Middle. We had a game against our rivals, U-32 Middle. The game was 0-0 into the final minute and we ended up winning. That was a great memory.

What does ODA have to do to keep winning?

We have to keep doing what we have been doing. We are keeping possession well. We are moving the ball back and forth well. We’re playing hard.

What is your favorite food?

Steak, cooked medium rare.

What is your favorite TV show?

"Brooklyn 99." I have watched that all the way through a few times now.

What is your favorite school subject?

Math. I just find it more interesting to learn about than other subjects. 

What are your hobbies?

I like to lift weights. Also, recently I have been getting into stocks and looking at how they move. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I would want to fly. It just seems easier to get places. 

What is the best advice you have received? 

Always be communicating, for yourself and for other players. It helps you know where people are and what they are thinking. It helps teams play better. 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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