For once, the Americans might beat the Brits at their own sport. And it’s because a young English boy is hopping across the pond to play the beautiful game, soccer (we say with emphasis), internationally.
Coach of Team USA Jürgen Klinsmann must be counting his lucky stars at the coup. A British-born 16-year-old named Cameron Carter-Vickers is rapidly rising through the ranks of the American youth system and just became one of the youngest players ever selected for the U.S.’s under-23 team: He’s four years younger than most of his teammates. And now, Carter-Vickers is a prime candidate for the 2016 Olympic Games, where the U.S. will hope to field a team of up-and-comers.
A legacy often boils down to numbers.
Let’s start with 10. That’s the number Landon Donovan, arguably America’s greatest soccer player of all time, will be wearing when he suits up for the U.S. men’s national team for the last time on Friday in a friendly against Ecuador. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann already said he would captain the squad, start the match and probably play about 30 minutes.
During Tuesday night’s American League wild-card playoff game between the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals, there was a pause in play at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City — and a cameraman felt the impulse to go to work scouting the talent.
Not on the field, but in the stands.