Nikhil Mhatre | 6’1 | 160lbs
IDA would like to welcome Nikhil Mhatre!
Nikhil has been playing for Lehigh Valley United at the highest club level in the U.S. in the development academy program of U.S. youth soccer and the National League. Nikhil's main position is either center back positions, but he has also played both attacking and defensive mid.
We're so happy to have Nikhil part of our IDA family!
How did you hear about IDA?
"My mom heard about IDA online and then informed me of this great opportunity."
What are your football (soccer) goals?
"My goal is to lead Lehigh's D1 program deep into the NCAA tournament and then play professionally in Europe."
Who did you speak with while making the decision to join the academy (your club coach, friends, family)? Can you tell us more about this decision making process?
"I first spoke to my family to see if the time was right given the pandemic, but they were really supportive because they knew this was a necessary step in my development. I then talked to the Lehigh coach, and he was very supportive in my decision to do my first semester of my senior year at high school online and spend it learning and developing my soccer game in England."
Favorite professional player and team?
"My favorite player is Virgil Van Djk and my favorite team is Liverpool."
What are your expectations about the level of football in Europe?
"I think the level will be both tactically and physically better/higher."