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 Newcastleâ€™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?
â€œIts so exciting, just to have this opportunity,â€ â€œEver 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.â€
â€œI canâ€™t wait to meet the players in England,â€
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.