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(USA Today)   First American to join Real Madrid's famed youth academy. *Checks video in link* Oh ok, not bad for an 11 year old   ( divider line
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2013-08-03 12:29:53 PM  
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That is a pretty huge thing. Some people probably forget that this is probably the best youth system in the entire world, producing around 100 current pro players in Europe, and let's not forget some of the amazing players that came out of their system.

Honestly, the kid has tons of talent, was way better than I was expecting when I clicked the view. It wasn't just a few fancy tricks, but he seems to be able to shoot, dribble, pass, has good vision, etc.

Part of me is hoping he will remember the US if he ever gets to the level of national team play as an adult. Obviously he is probably going to spend the next bulk of his life living in Spain, and will no doubt get Spanish citizenship as well, If he lives up to the potential, you might have both teams looking for him. It's his choice though, and I won't be mad if he ends up playing for Spain, couldn't really blame him. He is getting a huge opportunity there that he would have never gotten here plus there is all the prestige of playing with the Spanish side.

Anyway good luck to this kid, he really is talented and I hopes he makes it big. It would do wonders for the sport in our country to see an American going from such a prestigious system, to perhaps moving on to a big prestigious team. Right now, kids are seeing more appeal in basketball, baseball, football, because of the money, endorsements, etc. If this kind makes it to the top, kids will realize they could become stars and get all the fame playing this sport as well.
2013-08-03 12:23:05 PM  
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