22 Under 22: Who are midseason frontrunners?
With Leagues Cup entering its final rounds, I’ve found time to pick my head up, take a breath and put the microscope on this year’s crop of 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR hopefuls.
How He Joined The Club: Signed as San Jose’s youngest Homegrown Player (15 years and 102 days) on Jan. 23, 2019.
2020 (San Jose Earthquakes): Made four starts in 17 appearances in his debut season … Made his Earthquakes and MLS debut against Minnesota United FC on Mar. 7 … Scored his first career goal against the LA Galaxy on Aug. 29… Recorded one goal, one assist and a career-high 466 minutes in 2020 … MLS is Back: Made two appearances during the MLS is Back Tournament … MLS Cup Playoffs: entered as a substitute and played five minutes in a loss against Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Nov. 22 in the Knockout Round.
2019 (San Jose Earthquakes/Reno 1868 FC): Did not feature in MLS play … Made four starts in four appearances for San Jose’s USL affiliate Reno 1868 FC … Tallied a goal in professional debut against San Antonio FC on June 8 … U.S. Open Cup: Made Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup debut in Fourth-Round matchup against Sacramento Republic FC on June 11 … Did not feature in Round of 16 match against LAFC on June 20 … International Friendlies: Made Earthquakes debut and scored San Jose’s lone goal against C.F. Monterrey on March 23 … Did not feature against Real Valladolid C.F. on July 16.
Quakes Academy: Joined the Quakes Academy after leading the nation with 34 goals in 32 appearances for the Ballistic United U-15s during the 2017-18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season … Registered three goals in eight appearances for the Quakes Academy U-17s … Briefly played for the Quakes’ U-19s, competing against players up to three years his senior… Rated as a five-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer and is ranked as the No. 2 player in the nation for the Class of 2022.
International: Scored in his national team debut for the U.S. U-16s in September of 2018 … Appeared in all three matches for the U.S. U-17s in 2018 Nike International Friendlies and scored against Chile.