Editor’s note: This story appears in the September-October issue of New England Soccer Journal.
What Nico Mangiafico may lack in size, he makes up for in creativity.
That propensity for playmaking, and his unique ability to see things that many players with the ball at their feet may not see, is what makes the Farmington, Conn., product and the Choate Rosemary Hall Class of 2023 midfielder special.
However, without his curiosity, Mangiafico’s creativity may not exist.
He’s a player that craves information and devours it. He fully understands the more he knows, the more success will follow. That mentality has helped the junior become one of the top players in the NEPSAC’s Founders League.