Prep/Prior to UIC: Lettered in his junior and senior seasons as a center midfielder at John F. Kennedy High School in Chicago ... Prep coach was Carlos Hernandez ... Was named All-Conference and All-State as a senior ... Served as team captain while collecting team Most Valuable Players during both campaigns ... Played club soccer for Chicago United.
Personal: Son of Nerieda Sanchez and Gustavo Cruz ... Born April 4, 1993 ... Has three older brothers, Eric, Hestor and Rolando ... Rolando played college soccer at Robert Morris ... Intends on majoring in Criminal Justice.