Meet Prince and the Golden Beast: the future of the New York Derby.
Prince Amponsah, a 13-year-old New York City FC academy center back and US U-14 international, and Amadeo Chapru-Tate, a defensive midfielder on the New York Red Bulls’ U-15 academy team, are both promising youth prospects for Major League Soccer’s New York clubs.
But the two players share more than a potential path to becoming a pro in the Big Apple – both have incredible stories, too. Amponsah, who was born in Ghana and moved to the US at age seven, makes a 5-hour roundtrip journey from his home in the South Bronx to NYCFC’s facility in Queens four to five times per week for training. Chapru-Tate was born into tough conditions in Haiti but adopted at a young age by a couple in New York, and is now so committed to his training that he chose to be homeschooled so he could focus more on soccer.
Men in Blazers partnered with adidas Soccer to profile both youngsters in a pair of fabulous videos that not only showcase the tremendous power of the beautiful game, but offer a glimpse into what American and Canadian soccer culture is growing into. Check them out ahead of Saturday's New York Derby at Red Bull Arena (1:30 pm ET | FOX in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada).
Men in Blazers Presents: The Future - NYCFC
U-14 New York City Football Club and U.S. Soccer Youth international defender Prince Amponsah chases his Major League Soccer (MLS) dreams via a three subway, one bus, two-and-a-half hour odyssey from his home in the South Bronx to NYCFC's training facility in Queens. (Film 1 of 2)Posted by Men In Blazers on Friday, June 23, 2017
Men in Blazers Presents: The Future - NY Red Bulls
U-15 New York Red Bulls defensive midfielder Amadeo Chapru-Tate has traveled far, overcoming brutal beginnings in Haiti to become the "Golden Beast" of NYRB’s Major League Soccer (MLS) academy. (Film 2 of 2)Posted by Men In Blazers on Friday, June 23, 2017