Napa County Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year 2020-21: Unselfish Perez leads Vintage | High school


Branagan-Franco also helped Perez grow into the stubborn player he is now.

“He would motivate me by giving me life lessons,” Perez said. “He would tell the truth and tell you what you need to do to get better.”

In the wake of county two-time player of the year Oscar Loyola leading Vintage with more than 20 goals in 2017-18 and 2018-19, Perez and Duran succeed by clashing. Perez enjoyed getting more assists (12) than goals (nine) as a junior.

“We have a pretty close bond and on the pitch we understand each other,” said Perez. “We really don’t need to talk to each other. With just our movements, we already know what the other is going to do. We’ve pretty much memorized each other’s play already.

Football is family-friendly. Not only did his father play locally as an adult, Perez trains with his 10-year-old sister, Angie, and his mother is related to 2015 Napa County Boys Football Player of the Year, Jesus Magdaleno.

Perez said he would benefit from his four year Vintage career in terms of “the connections that I have made and the coaches who have been there to support me and tell us that we always have to work hard in life.” They were telling us that we had to play hard for the 90 minutes and that life would be like that, that we had to go on and never stop until we were satisfied, and still support each other like family.