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Nestor Cabrera: Development at Bridgewater SA Key to Gaining Academy Opportunity

By Evan Unger, 09/30/20, 12:15PM EDT

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Bridgewater Soccer Association has produced several pro players in recent years. There was Matt Kassel, who played at University of Maryland before joining New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union, There was Derek Luke, who played at Monmouth University and then FC Cincinnati. And there is Casey Murphy, who played at Rutgers University and now plays for Reign FC in the NWSL. 
 

In the mid 2010s, Bridgewater Soccer Association produced one of the top teams in the state of New Jersey. The Bridgewater Hotspurs, coached by Dan Adams, were one of the top teams around, dominating their MAPS and EDP divisions, and in 2014 finishing as the runner up in the NJYS NCS State Cup, losing the final in overtime. The Hotspurs were led by star player Nestor Cabrera.
 

“I had the pleasure of coaching Nestor in BSA from the age of 6 to 12 years old. It didn’t take long for me to realize what a special player he was (and still is). He is extremely grounded, loyal and very hard working. It’s truly the greatest reward to be a part of a young player's development and growth. I feel that the first few years are the most crucial, where they learn to love the game! I still get to see a lot of him and enjoy seeing his hard work pay off. I wish him all the best!!”
— Dan Adams, Director Bridgewater SA
 

Following in the footsteps of top soccer talent from Bridgewater, Nestor has progressed through the Bridgewater SA program and is now a part of the New York Red Bulls Academy, one of the top academies in the country. Cabrera spent seven years with BSA before moving into the US Soccer Development Academy, and now signing with Red Bulls Academy.
 

Cabrera spent time with the Guatemala Under-17 National Team, and has also had trials in Europe. As a junior in high school, Cabrera is one of the top college recruits in the region.
 

“Having the opportunity to play for BSA for the first seven years of my soccer career was the key to where I am today, being able to grow in an environment where winning games was not the main goal but developing players through games and practice was. The life lessons that I gained at BSA were second to none; learning all about honesty, respect, dedication and hard work makes all the difference in my development not only as a player but as a person as well. I have a lot of great memories of those days that I will remember forever and being able to still be connected to those great people that are my friends is priceless. Being able to see my siblings play and have conversations with the wonderful families during games and practices is an amazing feeling. I want to thank my family,  EDP Soccer for provide a competitive environment, coach Dan and the BSA coaching staff, and coach Sam and the PDA coaching staff for the help and support provided throughout the years.” 
—Nestor Cabrera