2022 looks promising for Deyan, a 2010 born player from the Honolulu Bulls. In January, Deyan travelled with his 2010 Hawaii ODP team to Arizona to play in the West Region tournament and competed against the best players from Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and Washington state. The starring offensive center midfielder did not go unnoticed and has since been given many opportunities to showcase himself.
The only 2010 players in Hawaii to be called up in the 2008 division with the Bulls 2008 team, Deyan was recently invited to the US Club Soccer ID2 West Regional Camp for 2008 born players and instantly became the youngest player to ever be invited in an ID2 event.
Deyan has also participated in the Ibercup tournament that took place in Cascais, Portugal. He scored the most points in his age division and ended the tournament with 11 goals and 9 assists in 8 games. He was also able to train with one of the academies that develops the most professional players in Europe: FK Partizan in Serbia where he trained twice a day with their academy team with kids from all over Europe.
Last week, Deyan and his family were invited by the Seattle Sounders to visit their youth academy, their facilities and learn about what the Sounders has to offer to their promising young players. He also became the youngest out of state player to ever be invited by the latest winner of the Concacaf Champions League winner. Other MLS Next academies have also reached out and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Deyan!
Our motto at the Honolulu Bulls is “Success is Winning at Life”. Today we are proud to feature recent graduate Noa Maeva for his accomplishments on and off the field. Noa is a graduate of Punahou School and is attending Harvard University. Noa has always been a fierce player on the field. His work ethic at practices and in school have always been exceptional. During high school, he played club soccer, school soccer, and participated in ROTC and many community activities. Noa is studying Economics and playing on the A Club soccer team. We salute Noa for his success and winning at life.
When did you join the Bulls? 2014
Why did you choose the Bulls? I wanted to be a part of the best club on the island.
What was your academic path? When did you enter Punahou? Throughout my academic career, I transferred schools seven times (both private and public) before finally attending Punahou which I entered in 9th grade.
What activities did you participate in outside of soccer and school? The many volunteerprojects and travels that you did? JROTC Club Soccer JV and Varsity Soccer Punahou Outdoor Education Counselor Student Tutor Foreign Exchange Ambassador – Ehime, Japan Punahou Carnival Class Division Head Work – Worked full time during the summers and part time during the school year Community Service – Youth Soccer Coaching Aid, Honolulu Marathon Water Station Support, Beach Cleanups, Adopt-A-Road Cleanups, Homeless Shelter Dinner Service, Mentored Students from Kaneohe Elementary School, Restored ancient fishpond, Landscaping work at a local kalo farm Being a part of the Bulls has given me the opportunity to travel internationally (Denmark) and throughout the U.S. (California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, etc).
How did you balance playing soccer, school and extracurricular activities? To balance everything going on I had to make sure to manage my time accordingly. I also had to make sure I had my priorities set straight.
Did you work during high school? I worked various on campus jobs during the school year, including the cafeteria, student monitor for the lower school students, and delivered packages throughout campus. I would work full time during the summers at some of these positions.
7)What was your process in applying to colleges? How many did you apply for? What were you looking for? When choosing which colleges to apply to, I based my decision on location, academic rigor, and the opportunities offered through the school. I applied to 21 different schools-accepted into 16, waitlisted at 4, and rejected at 1.
How did you make your final decision? It was a difficult decision, but in the end, I chose to attend Harvard University because of the opportunities and academic experiences offered. They have a tremendous support system there as well. Finances also played a very big part in my decision and the university had given me a very generous offering.
Are you going to play soccer? Collegiate or Intramural etc. I am going to try to walk on to the soccer team. If I am unsuccessful in my attempts, I will continue to play soccer by joining the club team and also play intramural.
Any words of advice for our younger soccer players? My advice for the younger soccer players is to work hard in all that you do. My friend told me once to “be relentless in your pursuit of what sets your heart on fire” and that has driven me to continue shooting for the stars and putting the utmost effort into everything I do.
Any words from mom and dad? It has been such an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Bulls Ohana. Nowhere else can you find such supportive coaches, team managers, and parents. We believe it truly takes a village to raise a child and we thank everyone for being a part of Noa’s “village.”
My name is Kaimana Newman and I’m currently working on my Eagle Project for Troop 33 Boy Scouts in collaboration with GOALS Haiti, a non-profit organization that gives Haitian children the opportunity to play soccer.
The GOALS Haiti program provides soccer shoes, academic support and encourages youth to get involved with community service projects.
The goal of my Eagle Project is to spread awareness about the current violent and unstable living conditions in Haiti and show support and bring hope to the children by collecting 100 pairs of new or gently used soccer shoes and new soccer socks.
Details: Kaimana’s Soccer Shoe Drive for GOALS Haiti Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:30am – 1:30pm Manoa District Park (Upper Parking Lot-Manoa Road)