Umberto Pelà

October 27, 2003


About Athlete

My objective is to combine prestigious academics with a high-level sports program. I’m an enthusiastic, open-minded and diligent person who looks forward to working with classmates and teammates. 


Positions: Central Defensive Midfielder (Central Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder) Biggest Strengths Defensive Ability, Ball control, Composure on and off the ball, passing, endurance, determination and leadership, tactical awareness.   Teams

  • Inter Milan Academy
  • Pro Sesto
  • Masseroni Marchese

Championships, Awards, Press

  • First Team Serie C Call Up (November 2020)
  • Primavera 3 Participation (2020/2021 Season)
  • Best Midfielder (by Rating) Sprint e Sport U17 Lombardy Regional Level 2019/2020
  • Season Best 11 ‘Sprint e Sport’ U17 Lombardy Regional Level 2019/2020
  • Season Best 11 ‘Sprint e Sport’ U16 Lombardy Regional Level 2018/2019
  • Lombardy Regional Roster Various Call Ups (2018-2020)
  • Regional Italian Tournament Call Up (2020)

Statistics <download file here> Additional sporting info Played Tennis at a high level until I was 10

What makes you different?

Various Factors. I’ve been playing football since I was 4 years old, and have always done so at high levels (regional, professional level). Now playing for Como in Serie C, training sessions are frequent (x4 per week), and I have to balance that with my IB Diploma, which is obviously very demanding. My organization skills are mostly quite good now, and will continue improving. Football has always been my passion, but I recognize the importance of my education. Having the chance to balance the two through the USA route.

Why do you want to compete in college?

The level of attention USA colleges put into Sports Program is something unheard of here in Europe. The culture around sports programs and college sports in general is truly amusing, and I’d love to be a part of it. Especially because it would allow me to compete at a high level whilst obtaining a great education.

College Goals?

In terms of academics, I would love to pursue a degree in Business Administration with excellent scores. I am confident that I will do my utmost to achieve such a goal, whether that is in preparing to enter a university or when I’m part of it. Moreover, in terms of soccer, I would love to be able to pursue a professional soccer career coming out of college. That is undoubtedly the end goal.

Anything else we should know?

Other passions of mine include: body development and meditation