Uruguayan international Washington Gonzalez with Caitlin Bray, Andy Bates, Zach Vuksanovic, Kelly Searston and Jaimi Andrews.
Uruguayan international Washington Gonzalez with Caitlin Bray, Andy Bates, Zach Vuksanovic, Kelly Searston and Jaimi Andrews.

CQ soccer gains some latin magic

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A TOUCH of latin magic could make its mark in Central Queensland soccer if former Uruguayan international and new CQ coaching director Washington Gonzalez has his way.

Gonzalez, capped 43 times by his country over a long and illustrious career, was in Gladstone on Wednesday night to get his first look at the Harbour City's best junior soccer talent.

'In what I have seen so far, there is a great deal of talent here in Central Queensland,' Gonzalez said.

'Australia is a country which has so much potential and people like me need to help develop that talent.'

Gonzalez is also well aware of the importance for all our soccer participants to be heading in the one direction and is hoping he is able to get everyone doing that.

'Sometimes people do not look outside the square and worry about themselves, it is important we have a common goal and all work towards that,' he said.

'We need to improve our coaching base and if everyone involved with CQ soccer can work together, the benefits will be there in the future.'

Soccer Queensland technical department manager George Cowie believes CQ soccer can only benefit from Gonzalez' appointment.

'Washington has been at the highest level as a player and as is a very experienced coach, I am sure he will lift the level of soccer in Central Queensland,' Cowie said.



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