These days, most high schoolers spend their summers playing Xbox, Snapchatting their friends and loitering on my lawn. In the soccer world, however, summer’s a great time for US-based players to test the waters of elite European academy soccer. Remington Pimm is wasting no time.
Pimm spent time with the US U15 BNT playing both as a forward and a defender, but Pimm told OWTY recently his favorite position remains attacking midfielder, wearing the coveted #10 shirt.
Pimm played with USSDA club IMG Academy U15/16s from 2011 to 2013. He starred in their midfield, playing up a year and netting 3 goals in 22 starts. Despite his strong play, IMG finished near the bottom of the Southeast Division.
Unfazed by the poor finish, Pimm turned his focus on opportunities abroad, namely with English Premier League hotshots Swansea City. Swansea is known for their attractive, free-flowing style employed by Danish legend Michael Laudrup. Pimm knew Swansea would be an excellent place to grow as a complete footballer.
Pimm was seen by Swansea and invited to play with the U16 squad for three weeks. Spoiler alert: Pimm has not disappointed.
Pimm impressed in practice, so much so that the U16 coach put him on the roster to play with the regular U16s against Exeter City FC. Pimm was on the starting sheet, penned in as the #10. Swansea went down to Exeter 1-2 but Pimm showed well.
Following that match, the coach once again asked Pimm to don the #10 shirt against a club from Trinidad & Tobago. Pimm scored two goals leading the U16s to a 11-0 win. “Really happy to get on the score sheet and represent US Soccer,” Pimm told OWTY.
Pimm added, “Everyday I really am grateful for the opportunities I have earned and look forward to what is in my future. I’m also lucky that my family are with me every step along the way.”
Pimm is scheduled to return to the US at the end of the week, and join up with FC Tampa Rangers this fall.
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