Abdaly in a game before the season ended.

We had the chance to check-in with Abdaly Chavez from SBU 2006/2007, the Boys U14 team. Here is what he had to share:

What have you been doing over the first week of quarantine?

Well, for the first week of quarantine my parents and I went grocery shopping because we heard they may be closing. We spent most of that week buying canned foods, and Lysol, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and more.

What was your first reaction when you heard that schools were closing?

I was happy that I didn’t have school, to be honest with you but then was disappointed because I knew our soccer season would also be canceled and with that came the City Showcase. This was even more disappointing to hear because the City Showcase is a fun tournament that is hosted on Randall’s Island. I was still happy that school was canceled.

How do you feel about virtual school?

I thought virtual school would be easy. However, I came to find that it was overwhelming because you’re getting assigned so much homework, which can be stressful at times. If it’s not the homework, it would end up being the actual websites the teacher puts because you may not know how to use it.

What are some things you appreciate about virtual classes?

What I appreciate about virtual classes is that there are some teachers that help you out with any questions that you may have or give you clear instructions on how to use the website. What I also appreciate is that virtual classes keep us in touch with our teachers and students.

What are you missing the most during quarantine?

Well, to start I don’t usually go outside, but my parents do it either for food or sanitation supplies. When we walk my dog, before he comes back to the apartment, we clean his paws. Before we enter our apartment, we clean our shoes and put our clothes in a bag and put them to wash. We also have to leave our shoes in the hallway, so we don’t get any of the Coronavirus molecules anywhere else. When it comes to eating, we wash our hands for more than 20 seconds.

How are you still interacting with your teammates?

All of us are keeping in touch. There is a group chat that we created on Snapchat, where we all write to each other.

How is soccer still a part of your life right now?

Soccer is still a part of my life right now even if I can’t play it. Soccer is one of the few things that help me stay in shape. I also have been playing FIFA a lot, pretty sure that counts.

What are you doing to keep yourself sane?

I distract myself by playing with my PS4 for a couple of hours, or spend time on my phone, binge-watching my favorite Netflix show. I also try to exercise to release my stress because I’m stuck at home.