Tyler Dial graduated from Brophy High School in Phoenix this past spring, and for years, soccer has been his passion.
"I'm super into the World Cup right now," he said. "I follow every player, every team."
The 18-year-old was the captain of Brophy's soccer team.
But in February, he tore his ACL during the state championships.
"I was bummed," Dial said. "It was heartbreaker - and to not be able to play in the rest of the game."
Just prior to his injury, Dial had turned down an athletic scholarship to the Air Force Academy, where he would've played college soccer.
"Everything happens for a reason," he explained. "And I think that's why I chose not to go to the Air Force Academy. If I would've torn my ACL and had been going to the Air Force Academy, I wouldn't be able to go - because I'd be at basic training right now. So, it's kind of interesting how things work out."
Instead, Dial is now focusing on his other love – music.
And, the singer-songwriter has decided to take his guitar and head to the University of Texas at Austin.
"No. 1, it's the live music capital of the world," said Dial. "I'm kind of a country boy at heart. It's always been one of the top schools on my list."
Locally, he will hit the stage this weekend for a concert benefitting the Arizona School for the Arts.
And he will be opening for country music star Scotty McCreery.
"I'm so excited to be able to sing for people, open for him," Dial said. "All my friends are coming out. So I'm really excited to be on the stage."
To learn more about Sunday's concert at Wild Horse Pass Casino and purchase tickets, click here.
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