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Former national Under-20 captain Leston Paul is just about the most popular soccer player at the University of South Florida these days.

Paul scored the equalizer and set up the winner in USF’s 2-1 win over Iona last Saturday in the USF tournament at Corbett Soccer Stadium. His positive attitude has been hailed by head coach, George Kiefer.

“I was a little bit concerned going into the locker room because we looked exhausted. Leston just kept saying, ‘We’re going to win this game.’

It fired them up a little bit and Leston was kind of the guy spearheading that, making sure the energy was right. He really put the team on his back and took us where we needed to go,” he said. Paul, in his third year at USF, plans to turn pro at the end of his College time.

“The US is a more physical game, and it’s faster,” Paul said. “The physiques of the players are a lot bigger. But I like it here. It’s like home because of the family atmosphere. Once I complete my degree then I’m going to explore some options both in the US and abroad.”