Marcos and Alex Posada never took it easy on their younger brother, never let little Carlos get the better of them with a soccer ball.
"They were always older and better and stronger," Carlos Posada said. "It made me hate losing."
By the time Alex was a senior at Crete-Monee, Carlos was a little hotshot freshman infusing life into a struggling program.
Julian Lagunas, a teacher at the school who would become varsity coach the next season, decided to bust Alex's chops one day. Alex wasn't ready to hear it.
"I told him Carlos was already better than him," Lagunas said. "He did not like that."
Teammates again three years later, Alex now happily calls Carlos the best player on their Chicago Latin American Soccer Association team.
The entire soccer family — their father played semi-professionally in Mexico and eldest brother Marcos, 23, plays on the team with Alex and Carlos — beams with pride these days over Carlos' record-setting accomplishments.
His 177 career goals for Crete-Monee broke the Illinois High School Association's record of 159, held by Brother Rice's Billy Savarino. The 68 Posada scored this year fueled an 18-3-2 record for the Warriors and landed him second in IHSA history for goals in a season.
He also has three field goals and six touchbacks in his first season kicking for the school's 10-0 football team.
For is accomplishments, Posada is the Tribune/WGN-Ch. 9 Preps Plus Athlete of the Month for October.
"I always played against him like I would against any other player," Alex Posada said. "The way he played against me, I had to. He always played up for his age. He still is.
"We play together on a CLASA (Chicago Latin American Soccer Association) team with our other brother. It is a men's league, and Carlos is our best player. Nobody in the league can stop him."
Still unclear is which school will be the beneficiary of his first college goal.
Five-foot-6 like his favorite player, FC Barcelona/Argentina striker Lionel Messi, Posada is not receiving the benefit of the doubt from recruiters.
The standard reason is that much of the college game is played in the air, Lagunas said, but the Posadas aren't buying it.
"I feel like I can play with anyone," Carlos said. "Lionel Messi is my height, and he is maybe the best player in the world."
"I've seen him play against guys that are 6-2, 6-3 with no problem," Alex said. "If anything, his height helps him because he's so quick and so low to the ground; it's really tough to stay with him."
Posada's next goal is to play Division I soccer.
He is considering Lewis University, but might opt instead for the junior-college route.
Lagunas has no doubt he will rise to the occasion.
"He's just so competitive, and he's a terrible loser," Lagunas said. "Everything we do in practice, every drill has to be a competition. There has to be a winner and a loser, and there has to be consequences.
"That thing he has, that competitiveness, it's not coachable. Having two older brothers who played, always wanting to fit in, that molded him into who he is."
Carlos Posada file
Numbers: His 177 career goals are an IHSA record; scored 68 goals this season.
FYI: Posada also is the kicker for Crete-Monee's 10-0 football team.
Crete-Monee's Carlos Posada will be featured during a segment on WGN-Ch. 9's "Instant Replay" at 9:40 p.m. Sunday. If you miss it, watch the video Monday at prepsplus.com.
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