CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a successful freshman season at Harvard, rising sophomore midfielder Paolo Belloni-Urso was invited to the U-20 Honduran national team training camp in early June.
"It was truly an honor to be invited," says Belloni-Urso. "Now it's up to me and my hard work at Harvard soccer to have the chance to be called again to continue the preparation cycle. All the sacrifices I have endured have allowed me to get to this point and now I am ready to face new challenges."
In his first season with the Crimson, Belloni-Urso was a solid presence in the midfield, registering two goals and an assist for five points in 15 games. Early in the season, in a non-conference match against nearby Providence, the Florida native scored the game winning goal from the top of the 18-yard box in the 84th minute to give Harvard the 2-1 victory.
"Paolo's passion and commitment to playing both sides of the ball make him an elite player with the ability to play professionally after he finishes at Harvard," says The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Men's Soccer Pieter Lehrer. "His international experience has had a positive impact on our group in pushing the level of play."
Prior to coming to Harvard, Belloni-Urso played for the Honduras U17 and U15 national teams as well as the United States U18 national team.