A Tacoma, Wash., high school junior will be among those competing for the final spot in FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016 after earning the chance thanks to his showing in a fundraiser tournament with ties to Seattle Sounders FC.
Skye Rozon of Mount Tahoma High School was selected by the Sounders and SonarFeed, the podcast dedicated to everything related to the soccer club.
“I was just taking each game one at a time,” Rozon said in a story on soundersfc.com. “When I won, I was shocked because I didn’t think I’d make it that far.”
SonarFeed’s FIFA fundraiser brought in over $11,500, according to the Sounders website. Beyond having participants play EA Sports’ popular video game, organizer Erin Riley and his group put together an auction with autographed gear, game-worn jerseys and more.
Rozon will next test his gaming skills on Feb. 20 at the Sounder’s Pioneer Square event space The Ninety. With his spot in the Host Country Qualifier, Rozon will hope to earn a chance to take on 32 grand finalists from 17 countries in New York in March.