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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Annandale soccer player honored

Carlos Nima [Allstate photo]
The United States’ World Cup dreams are over, but the Annandale community does have some exciting soccer news to celebrate.

Annandale resident and former Atom Carlos Nima, 22, won the Allstate “Buenas Manos” Portero Award, recognizing the best goalkeeper, at the Washington, D.C.-area Copa Alianza tournament last weekend.

Copa Alianza tournaments, presented by Alianza de Fútbol, bring together and showcase the top soccer talent in the country across various age groups. During the tournament, Nima allowed only one goal, outperforming dozens of other goalkeepers.

Born in Lima, Peru, Nima has been playing futbol since he was 5 years old. He played on the varsity soccer team at Annandale High School for four years. He also participated in Virginia’s Olympic Development Program, a training ground for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Currently, Nima plays with the Oriente Petrolero Club in the Arlington Bolivian Soccer League. A former student at Northern Virginia Community College, he currently works for the Federal Credit Union.


  1. Perfect example of how immigrant kids (who are making everyone so hysterical these days) can grow up to be valuable and productive members of our society.

  2. Very fun to show this to my kids, both of whom are a little soccer-obsessed these days. Thanks!