Chemeketa midfielder Felipe Heredia was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) All Western USA Region Team and was one of seven midfielders in the nation selected to the NSCAA All American team.
"Felipe has had an amazing impact on our team," said Chemeketa head coach Marty Limbird. "It is evident from the moment he steps on the field that he is capable of greatness on the soccer field.
Heredia was voted the NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) South Region Most Valuable Player and a first team all-star. After Chemeketa culminated its season by winning it's first NWAACC Championship, Heredia was also named the NWAACC Finals MVP by scoring and assisting in the 2-1 victory over Olympic.
Heredia finished the season with 18 goals (2nd in the NWAACC) and 15 assists (1st in the NWAACC).
"He's like an artist with a ball, added Limbird. "He is on a different level and when he is at his best he makes others around him better. He is definitely a special player and we have been blessed to have him part of our program for 2 years. I am very proud to have coached him and to have seen his growth as an individual over the time that I have known him. Felipe is well deserving of these awards and it is remarkable to be recognized on the national level as an All American. Our first ever! It is quite an honor that will stay with him for life."
Limbird who coached Chemeketa to its first league title also had a award winning year being selected NWAACC Coach of the Year and South Region Coach of the Year.
Heredia has been invited to tryout in February for the Kitsap Pumas a professional team in Washington and the 2010 PDL National Champions. Watch for Heredia to continue greatness on the soccer field at the highest level.