Young Yanks in England

England has often been the dream of young American’s hoping to make it big in football. OWTY has learned a number of Americans who recently journeyed across the Atlantic.

BW Gottschee’s ’01 midfielder Matteo Ritaccio spent his Easter break with Liverpool. The US U14 prospect is seen as one of the top players in the 2001 US pool. He’s started 14 matches for BW Gottschee in USSDA play scoring once.

'01 Matteo Ritaccio with Liverpool legend Stevie Gerrard
’01 Matteo Ritaccio with Liverpool legend Stevie Gerrard

Ritaccio is not the only US ’01 to enjoy time in England. Ballistics United’s U14 star Mario Anaya has spent the last month with Sheffield Wednesday. Anaya has been a revelation for BUSC over the last two seasons. Anaya played up two years in 2013-14 with BUSC U14s playing 23 matches scoring 6 goals. This season the midfielder has scored 15 goals in 21 matches in USSDA play. Anaya has been called in to a number of US U14 camps.

'01 Mario Anaya with Sheffield Wednesday
’01 Mario Anaya with Sheffield Wednesday

Anaya join’s his former Ballistic United teammate ’99 and US U15 starlet Adolfo Trujillo who has been training with Liverpool. Trujillo is a staple of the US U15 side and has been one of the most consistent performers in the entire US ’99 pool. Trujillo moved to De Anza Force in USSDA U16 division scoring 4 times in 20 matches thus far. Trujillo enjoys playing out wide.

'99 Adolfo Trujillo at Liverpool
’99 Adolfo Trujillo at Liverpool

3 Comments on Young Yanks in England

  1. Also inform you that a US player currently playing in Spanish league Alexander Reneau was in England this past February. He was at Fulham for 2 weeks, one week at Reading, and 2 weeks at Tottenham. He played in their league games at center mid as a trial player and had a great experience. Furthermore, the end of March, Alex spent 5 days at Mainz academy in germany receiving very positive feedback. He continues in Spain’s maximum U16 league at least until end of June.

  2. James Murphy from USD PDA NJ is playing with West Brom over the summer. He was called to USA U18 team this past year as well.

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