Newcastle After 11 Year-Old American Whiz

Dennis Wise received a call from the USA, about an 11 year-old youngster playing in the Dallas area, and it turns out that Newcastle are to give the youngster a trial next month.


Emerson Hyndman – 11 year-old to sign for Newcastle United?

Kenny Cooper spotted a youngster playing for a youth club in Dallas and he looked so good that he gave Newcastle’s Executive Director of Football, Dennis Wise a call. Cooper is a former NASL star goalkeeper, who came to America to play with the Dallas Tornado.

Cooper is apparently being offered the position of Chief Scout for North America for Newcastle, and apparently already has a dozen or so players under scrutiny, but Emerson Hyndman will be his opening find.

Kenny thought the youngster was so good that he told Newcastle United they should sign the youngster before some other club did.

The youngster is Emerson Hyndman, who is the son of SMU (Southern Methodist University) soccer coach Schellas Hyndman, and Emerson is just 11 years old.

What does Emerson Hyndman have to say about the way his life may change in the future?

“Its so exciting, just to have this opportunity,” “Ever since I have been practicing with my father when I was about five years old, I knew I wanted to play in college and professionally.”

“Ever since I was about eight or nine years old, I knew I could beat any of the players with me or who played against my team.”

“I can’t wait to meet the players in England,”

Cooper said Emerson would be in Newcastle for about two weeks from April 2nd, seeing and living the set-up first hand, and meeting his future academy teammates.

If all parties still wanted to proceed after the trip, then he would return to the U.S. with a new future ahead of him.

Emerson may be eligible for at least 4 different national teams if he indeed fulfills his promise as he grows older. His father was born in Macau, and spent the first eight years of his life in China.

His Portuguese grandfather married a Eurasian woman –Schellas’s grandmother– who emigrated from Russia to China.

Needless to say that if he turns into another Wayne Rooney, whom Everton signed at the age of 10, then the US, China, Russia and Portugal will be fighting it out to decide who gets him.

But this is what Wise and our recruitment team should be doing. With the Premier League games a big hit in the USA, many more American youngsters will be taking a chance with soccer (football) in the hopes of playing for top European teams, and the USA should be a hot bed for soccer prodigies in the next few years.

If indeed Emerson turns out to be anything like Wayne Rooney, Dennis will have earned his wages 10 times over at Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats too far in the future to think about…I’m not wishing the next ten years of my life away!

  • Pan

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Man U have signed a young Australian kid recently, I believe. If he’s that much better than anyone else, we should sign him up.

  • King Kev-4-3-3

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #3

    a bloody 11 year old!! i thought looking at plyers that are 15 is bad, anyone remeber a lad called cherno samba, i think he may be rotten in the plymouth reserves, well anyway every club including the likes of real madrid and barcelona wanted him at the age of 15, for his impressive performances for millwall youth, now look where he is. I REST MY CASE.

  • Leo

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #4

    love the caption i have shoes that are older than him….

    11years old. is that possible i thought they had to be of a certain age…

  • Davies

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Worth a punt I suppose. We do have more immediate matters to deal with though.

  • Leo

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #6

    champ manager4 has cherno samba on it, he was amazing… he was potentially a great future player, it just hasnt happened for him

  • Davies

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    By the way Ed, is there any reason the ad for football figures shown on this site doesn’t feature a single Newcastle player?

  • itsthetrainingpitch

    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    actually, cherno samba is a free agent, got released by plymoth xD


    Mar 28, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Cherno Samba, I mentioned him a while back in one of my many arguments with Tom_Toon and Spyro.

    He was released by Plymouth in december, Currently on free,
    Can KK work his magic again, If so then he must have some sort of superhuman powers.

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    Mar 28, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Cherno Samba was playing for one of the lesser spanish teams not so long ago. Not sure where he is now.

  • Zx

    Mar 28, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Its not even a gamble, just sign the kid.

    Anybody remembers Freddy Adu?

  • jaypro

    Mar 28, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12
  • Spyro

    Mar 28, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #13

    we are building for the future, i like it, if it works it works, if it dont it dont, simple

  • GP

    Mar 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Adu is at Benfica, haven’t seen him play though.

  • Thomas

    Mar 28, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    for a player that young, its all about the environment around him, and what better a place than newcastle.

    cherno samba (never heard of him) probably flopped because he didnt have the toon army behind him

  • jaypro

    Mar 28, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Freddy’s scored 5 goals in all competitions this season for Benfica. That’s with very limited minutes for the 18 year old.

  • GP

    Mar 28, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Where do they play him?

  • chris_toon

    Mar 28, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #18

    king kev 4-3-3- what wrong with plymouth footie team thank you very much we got a very good team 🙂

  • Macca

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Shoes, please, I’ve milk older then him.
    11 years old, we’re looking to buy an 11 year old. That’s great and all but unless Keegan’s going to throw him in the squad against Spurs, maybe form a partnership with Owen up front, or get him in next season to give us some spark, then at the moment, I think I can speak for most of us when I the moment we’ve more pressing issues and well, I don’t care. I’m sure he’s great and I’m sure he’ll be great in about 6 or 7 years but I’m more interested in Newcastle surviving this year.

    Now sure it’ll be great to investment and we should get him and if I read this again in about 2 months time laughing my ass off because Sunderland got relegated then maybe I’ll be more intrigued but for now we should be worrying about the problems at hand and our current crop of..em..players.

  • piman

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #20

    wow Freddie looks brill, it will be good for our future if we are ahead of the game with young un’s like that!

    However it’s not going to help us on Sunday, it’s up to KK & the boys. haway the lads!

  • piman

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #21

    what do you guy’s think of the formation for Sunday? We can’t do 4 3 3 against Spur’s and get away with it can we?

  • Obafan

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #22

    We first should focus on the near future and that has already been proved that they are working on that (Kadar, …), but signing an 11-year old whizz kid is a bit far for the near future. Let’s hope that if they sign this little whizzard that they can hold him and that one day he will become a Geordie hero/legend.

  • Macca

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Even though, in fairness, Rooney was spotted when he was about 11, I think, when he was playing with some Liverpool youth team, he was the top scorer. Or something like that.

  • lee

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #24

    its a goodnn signing messi was signed when he was 12 fair enough our academy is no where near the standard of thiers but i still think we can make a decent player out of him

  • GP

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Signings like this are important though, yes we do have more important things happening at the club right now, but a bunch of supporters on the internet talking about signings isn’t going to make any difference to the way the club perform tomorrow. Same goes for the scouts, what good would they do?

  • ende

    Mar 28, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #26



    Mar 28, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Would would we rather sign him for peanuts now or do our classic thing let him slip through the net and regret it (Bryan Robson, Michael Carrick & Steve Bruce) Or we could reject him and then pay a fortune to get him back when he is fully developed (Alan Shearer & Peter Beardsley)

    Why are we so cautious when it comes to taking a risk look at Blackburn: Santa Cruz £3.5m, McCarthy £2.5m, Bentley £3.0m

    what would we pay for those three £35m minimum.

    There is no risk attached with this kid we are paying nothing and therefore can not lose.

  • obamagic

    Mar 28, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #28

    how bout signing Michael Bradley from sC Heerveen… his a pretty solid Midfielder

  • CJ

    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Dennis Wise starting to earn his cash spying on 11 year olds.just a joke.

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #30

    This team should suffice for Sunday


    Carr Cacapa Taylor N’Zogbia

    Geremi Butt Barton Duff

    Smith Owen


  • CJ

    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Not even a 1% chance of it being that team.

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #32

    I was joking. On a more serious note are Emre and Carr back? On the official site there are photos of them training with the first team yesterday

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Charlie Bucket, you are a fkin joker.

  • CJ

    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #34

    It’s mad how Geremi Beye Oba grew up in unreal temperatures in Africa and are not even wrapped up like the other player’s in the squad even big bad boy Joey Barton in training and it is nearly april how pathetic.

  • tippo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Maybe its a bit too early. Give the kid a few more years.

  • Pan

    Mar 29, 2008 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Why do people keep writing Haway the lads, when this is what Sunderland have on seats in their stadium? Howay the lads is what Newcastle have written on coming out of tunnel!

  • Stephen

    Mar 29, 2008 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #37

    signed him up i think he would get in the team now lol

  • Eric

    Mar 29, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #38

    A bit bizarre. A bit early? These child prodegies keep popping up and then fade from sight. Not just footballers. Violin players, child mathematicians, pianists, snooker players, you name it. Give him a trial though. Some childhood!! Perhaps it is a ploy to prevent him being drafted into the US marines.

  • true

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #39

    this is a joke 11years old for goodness sake let the kid have a childhood

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #40

    pan, i notice that also. haway the lads is the way the mackams say it

    howay the lads is the propa way to go


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