This week, our featured NYU athlete is senior forward Kyle Green of the men’s soccer team. Green is studying Economics in the College of Arts and Science, and he has scored nine goals in 11 games so far this season.
Green was four years old when he first began playing soccer.
“In my first game I scored like five goals,” Green said. “I knew this was the sport for me.”
Green said his family has always been interested in sports. With two siblings playing collegiate soccer — an older brother at the University of Rochester and a sister at Wofford College — Green followed in his family’s footsteps when he began playing for NYU. In fact, Green points to soccer as a crucial part in his decision to attend NYU.
“The school itself really drew me here, but also the fact that I could be playing here was a big part,” Green explained. “Coach Behan recruited me.”
Coming from the Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas, which was ranked number one in the country in 2010 by ESPN RISE and coached by the legendary Charlie DeLong, Green had no trouble becoming an addition to head coach Joe Behan’s squad.
Green is now fourth for NYU’s soccer points record. He has four regular season matches left to surpass the current record.
“I’m just gunning for that number one,” Green said. “It’s a goal for me, but it’s not as high a priority as getting the win.”
The Violets play in a crucial conference matchup against Carnegie Mellon University Friday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. They will complete their season with two final conference games against Emory University and Brandeis University.
Besides being a passionate soccer player and fan, Green has hobbies and dreams that make him more than the player with number nine on the back of his jersey. Green is very interested in the arts, particularly film.
“I’m a big movie guy,” Green said. “I’m always saying quotes from funny movies.“
He cited “Space Jam,” starring Michael Jordan, as his favorite sports movie and stated that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was among his top five favorite films.
Green is trying to look into a career in the entertainment industry. He explained that while economics and entertainment study didn’t overlap, that was part of the fun.
“It’s like exploring,” he said.
Green also described his first full summer in New York City.
“I did some stand-up comedy. That was quite the experience,” Green said. “It’s quite a daunting thing the first time.“
To explore this realm, Green has been taking classes at the Tisch School of the Arts’s Open Arts Curriculum.
“Its something I’ll do more down the road once the season is over,“ Green said.
When asked for one of his jokes, Green quickly responded, “The only joke is [junior defender and captain] Danny Weisbaum’s speed.”
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 23 print edition. Francisco Navas is a contributing writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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