Apr 02, 2016
Former Banana Slug Harry Abraham has continued his soccer career in an international setting ,playing earlier this month for the United States Beach soccer national team.
A 2007 graduate and NSCAA Academic All American, Harry played as a forward in the Copa Pilsener held two weeks ago in Costa del Sol, El Salvador.
The USA went 0-3 falling to the hosts, defending world champions Portugal and Argentina in penalties after their game finished 3-3.
At UCSC, Harry was the first Banana Slug Athlete to be named an Academic All American while leading the team in scoring his last two years.
Since then, he has kept the scholar-athlete tradition alive. After graduating from UCSC, Harry played on several semi-pro teams before starting law school at University of San Diego. During law school, he played with the reserve squad of the San Diego Sockers professional indoor soccer franchise. Harry maintains a professional career as a full-time lawyer and general counsel. Nonetheless, soccer remains a large part of his life. He made his professional debut for the Sockers last season in the MASL,
"My experience as a scholar-athlete at UCSC shaped me into who I am today," he said. It's important to keep a healthy work-life balance, and I feel pretty good about mine."
In 2011, his last year of law school, Harry was called up for this first cap for the USA Beach Soccer National Team.
"I remember the first time I played competitive beach soccer with UCSC in the offseason. There were a couple guys on the national team at the time who lived in Santa Cruz and came out to play with us down at main beach. They definitely raised the level and I was instantly hooked on beach soccer. Now, it's a dream come true to be able to represent my country doing what I love. "
Harry has since earned 19 caps for the national team, including 5 in last year's CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers also in El Salvador, where he tallied 2 goals for the Stars and Stripes.
"The cherry on top is that I get to do it on beautiful beaches around the world," he said. "I've played in Cancun and Dubai to name a few. I cherish every opportunity I get and hope to continue playing as long as I can."