Soccer prodigy Vargas named Alaska Athlete of the Week

May 17, 2021

Anchorage soccer player Obed Vargas was named Alaskas Athlete of the week after turning in an outstanding professional soccer debut for the Tacoma Defiance of the United Soccer League.

The midfielder started in his first game and at age 15, was the youngest player on the field. He clocked 66 minutes in the 1-1 tie with LA Galaxy 2.

The Defiance is the 2nd team of the Seattle Sounders and competes against other MLS 2 teams.

A former standout for Cook Inlet Soccer Club, Vargas left Alaska at age 13 to play for the Seattle Sounders academy for two seasons before signing professionally with the Defiance on May 7, 2021

“Obed has exceeded expectations since joining the Academy. . . and we’re looking forward to seeing his development on and off the field as he evolves into the professional game,” said Sounders FC Director of Player Development Henry Brauner.

The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.