Averett soccer player to play in international tournament

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) A soccer player from Averett University is trading in his Cougar uniform for his home country's colors in a few weeks.

David Cuperman is originally from Colombia. He came to Averett two years ago when he joined the soccer team. Now, at only 20 years old, Cuperman will represent his country this summer in Israel.

He will be playing alongside other soccer stars in the third-largest soccer tournament in the world.

"I've heard the levels are pretty strong, so it's going to be a nice challenge to see where I'm standing," Cuperman said.

Averett Soccer Head Coach Philip Wilson says a small Division 3 school like Averett is fortunate to have a high-caliber player like Cuperman.

"David has worked extremely hard in his two years here at Averett, so it's rewarding to see that hard work pay off for him. To get called up to represent his country in an international tournament is very impressive," Wilson said.

Cuperman had the chance to play on the national team four years ago.

"But I couldn't because I was on a trip with my high school team and I couldn't do it," Cuperman said.

But here we are four years later. He got the call again and said, "Of course. I'm completely up for it."

Cuperman is the first Colombian player Averett has had. He says playing in the U.S. has helped him immensely.

"It's something I always wanted to do. To play in another country and also get my degree because it's important," Cuperman said.

Cuperman will be heading over there in about a week to start practicing with the team. The tournament doesn't start until July.