Benjamin Cawood, #14

  • Class:        2018
  • GPA:          4.2
  • Postion:     Defender
  • Height:       6'3"
  • Weight:      175 lbs.​​


I'm a 6'3", 175 pound, Junior defender graduating in 2018, specializing in center back or defensive midfield but able to play as left or right back. 

I currently play for Santa Rosa United, FC Florida Preparatory Academy, captain the Northern California ODP '99 State team, ODP Regional team and the Norcal PDP '99 State team. I am currently a Junior at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa on the Varsity soccer team.  My club team is Santa Rosa United 1998/99 for 2016/17, with Coach Marcus Ziemer, who is also the head coach at Sonoma State University, (  I guest play for FC Florida at major showcases and competitions.

I have played soccer since I was 5, and competitive club soccer since I was 8. On and off the field, I always give my all. I have played at a highest competitive level in the United States such as Surf Cup, Nomads and Las Vegas tournaments.   In London I have attended the Chelsea Foundation Academy and trained with the youth Arsenal Development team.  During summer 2014 returned back to Chelsea to train, attending the NPL championships in North Carolina and Surf Cup in San Diego.  I guest play for FC Florida Preparatory Academy at major competitions including Disney Showcase and IMG Super Group in Sarasota.

I am extremely fit and excel in long distance running.  To increase my soccer fitness I competed in cross country races in 2012/13, either winning or placing in top four in the races I competed in Northern California.

I am a very versatile player and can dominate in the air due to my height. My club team plays a 4-3-3 (triangle point up midfield) or a 4-4-2 (with a diamond midfield), so I am familiar with many different playing styles. Although I am highly competitive, I am dedicated to playing my best and respecting my coaches, referees, teammates, and opponents. I train hard on and off the soccer field with a variety of coaches/trainers to help my skills, strength and speed develop. I have always wanted to play college sports and that is one of my main goals right now. I would like to attend a college with a strong business program and a competitive soccer program. I would like to play at the highest level of competition possible, make a difference on the team, and gain skills.

Easy to spot on the field with my red hair, I play for my club wearing the "7" shirt or "14" when playing for FC Florida.

For hobbies outside soccer, I train puppies for the charity Canine Companions for Independence, an organization providing free dogs for the disabled, veterans, autistic and hearing impaired.  Receiving a new puppy at 8 weeks I train my puppy to learn 40 different commands over the course of the next 16 months so it is ready at turn in for advanced dog training.  I am currently raising my third dog, Eiffel which started training in December 2016.