Thibault Charmey, captain and center midfield for the University of West Alabama, is starting his second year competing for the Tigers. He had an outstanding season last fall with the Tigers and another great season with Chattanooga Football Club (CFC) over the summer. Last fall, Charmey had 6 goals and 3 assists even though he had to sit out for 4 games because of an injury. After Charmey competed this summer for the CFC, he was named one of the top 11 players in the country and according to GSC pre-season rankings, he was chosen as an All-GSC player.

How long have you been playing soccer? 
“I have played since I was five years old, so 17 years. I have only played in America for two years.”

What are your goals for the team this year? 
“I would like the team to beat West Florida, have a better record than last year (12-6), and most importantly, win conference.”

What are some of your personal goals this year? 
“I would like to be first team all GSC (Gulf South conference), and be chosen as player of the year.”

What are some the team’s strengths this year? 
“We have a group of skilled new-comers that have already begun to help us out. As a team, we have great chemistry and we are all very focused on this season.”

How did you get involved in the Chattanooga Football Club? 
“My coach approached me last January and told me about the tryouts, so I tried out and made the team. I competed for CFC for three months and started all of the games. The team won our conference and went to the region finals.”

Last year was the first year for the UWA men’s soccer team, and they lost in the semifinals for the Gulf South conference, which is still impressive considering most of the athletes’ lack of collegiate soccer experience. This year, Thibault states that he is very excited about the new-comers and returners and ready to start competing. Their first conference game is on Friday Sept. 13th at Delta State.

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