McCallie's Vivaldini named Gatorade Player of the Year for Tennessee

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Jun. 11—McCallie senior Gui Vivaldini has been chosen the state's Gatorade boys' soccer Player of the Year. In the 36-year history of the award, Vivaldini is the third Blue Tornado player to win, including most recently Drew Viscomi in 2017.

"His best is freakishly good," said McCallie coach Chris Cushenberry. "He's dynamic. He 's so fast and gifted and just such a natural athlete who sees things that very few do during a game.

"His moments of brilliance are things that those who witnessed them will always remember. This is just a huge honor for Gui and for our program and very deserved."

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound midfielder and forward — who has signed with the University of North Carolina — scored 14 goals and added seven assists this season to help the Blue Tornado reach the Division II-AA state semifinals and finish 8-2-2 overall.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and character, distinguishes Vivaldini as Tennessee's best high school soccer player. He now becomes a finalist for the Gatorade national Player of the Year, which will be announced later this month.

Graduating with a 3.88 grade-point average, Vivaldini is a resident advisor in his dorm and volunteers locally as a youth soccer coach and referee.

He was also chosen as the D-II AA East/Middle Region Player of the Year and was a 2019 All American selection by TopDrawerSoccer.com — the only sophomore in the nation to be so honored after helping McCallie claim a state championship. He finished with 41 goals and 23 assists for his prep career.

"Gui plays with so much speed and is dangerous in so many ways," said Chattanooga Christian coach Warren Smith. "He is very, very difficult to defend. His size makes him a force."

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