By NICK MEYERS
Former Pima Community College soccer player Minh Vu has signed with his first professional team, joining the United Soccer League’s Rochester Rhinos in New York.
Vu played at PCC from 2009-2010. He was an All-American both years before transferring to Penn State University, where he was named Big Ten Tournament Offensive MVP in 2011.
He attributes much of his success to PCC head coach David Cosgrove, who met Vu during his youth Tucson Soccer Academy days and encouraged him to be the best player he could.
“He told me I was a player that could get to that level,” Vu said in a press release. “When I got to Pima, he was happy I was there. He gave me the freedom to play forward, which helped give me confidence and to score goals.”
Cosgrove also helped Vu get recruited by Penn State.
“We helped Minh understand that there are no short cuts or excuses,” Cosgrove said. “Minh has always had a ton of talent. He put in the work at Pima and Penn State and deserves all the credit for becoming a professional.”
The Rhinos’s season opener will be April 5 in Orlando City. The team will play Phoenix FC in Phoenix on June 14, and Vu said he looks forward to having friends and family at the game to cheer him on.