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Olympics Aspirations Continue To Inspire Azalea Mihailovich

03/13/2019, 11:45am EDT
By Matt Reed - matt.reed@uslsoccer.com

The Tri-State Elite forward is used to competing at a high level

Super Y League has provided a platform for many youth players over the years to pursue their soccer dreams at a higher level in the future, Azalea Mihailovich is hoping that will be part of her story as well.

Mihailovich, a forward for Tri-State Elite, starred this season for her club, tallying six goals during the SYL regular season and an additional goal at Super Y League Finals in December.

The young goal scorer continues to relish the opportunities she has received in Super Y, including her call up to the 2019 USL Experience, and hopes to parlay that into a future as a professional. One that could also lead to a future with the U.S. Women’s National Team and a spot on the Olympics team.

“I am really excited to have this professional experience, and to be treated like a professional,” Mihailovich told SYLSoccer.com. “It’s my goal to play in the Olympics someday, and I think this will be a taste of what that will be like.

“I am usually very under-control emotionally when it comes to soccer, but when my parents read the email to me, a huge smile came over me. I had to hold my face in my hands for a while to take it all in. I am finding it really hard to wait to get there!”

With a hopeful future bid to make the U.S. Olympic soccer team on her mind, Mihailovich is certainly no stranger to the spotlight. After excelling with her Tri-State Elite team during the 2018 Super Y League season, her superb on-field play has extended well beyond Super Y.

The 15-year-old, who is already playing up with her U16/17 age group, was invited to play in the Dana Cup in 2017 a prestigious youth competition held every year in Denmark. Mihailovich and her team went on to win the gold medal, a massive feat for the young player.

It was that experience that Mihailovich holds dear to herself and one she believes has helped improved her game immensely while also providing the Maryland-native with many valuable life lessons.

“I will never forget Denmark and the Dana Cup,” Mihailovich said. “I learned a lot of lessons there; some hard, but mostly amazing ones. I still have friends to this day that I met there, including two Danish girls, and that’s what soccer is all about.

“Walking in the parade through town, then coming into the huge stadium and having kids from all over the world cheering for us…it was a rush.  I love the people of Denmark. It is so beautiful there, and the food is unbelievable. I can’t wait to go back."

Although an already experienced and disciplined player on the field, Mihailovich plans on using USLX as another major learning opportunity, one that she will utilize to the fullest with many top players and coaches in attendance.

“I want to learn from the experienced coaches and staff what I can do to improve myself and my game,” Mihailovich said. “I want to learn that I can do this, on my own, and without the support of parents and friends that I am so used-to having.

“I also want to learn how to stay focused in the face of adversity, and I can’t imagine a better place to do that than with the great role models I will meet there.”


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