Video: Eritrean High Schooler Signs with a US College Soccer Team

Enters through the Newcomer Program, leaves as a college soccer signee


By Brittany Cooper | | February 15, 2016


TWIN FALLS, Id. ( KMVT / KSVT ) Canyon Ridge High School celebrated a signing on Tuesday, marking the first one under boys soccer head coach Corey Farnsworth.

What's exciting is a (former) Newcomer student signed with a college soccer program. Henok Tesfamariam inked with Treasure Valley Community College.


Tesfamariam grew up in Asmara, before moving to Kenya and finally landed in Idaho when he was 16.


The Riverhawk developed quickly; he went from being a reserve to a first team all–conference player in just the two years on varsity.


"I didn't have a good attitude at the start of the season, but my coaches gave me a chance to improve in the field, they told me how to be a good person on and off the field. I learned from coaches and my teammates are really helpful and understanding," explains Tesfamariam.


Farnsworth adds, "he's grown a lot as a player in two years. Getting the opportunity to coach him and see that advancement in his game, as a coach makes me feel good and validates what we do in the program, is get kids to college. Henok is an example of that."


Henok wants to major in criminal justice or political science.


During Henok's junior year, Canyon Ridge saw great success, taking third place at state.


Eritrean High Schooler Signs with a US College Soccer Team