Pre-Pubescent Dallas Kid Getting Shot with EPL Club
Y'all heard about this yet? Big Kenny Cooper's dad spot's this kid playing on a youth club in Dallas who's got some chops, gives England legend Dennis Wise a call and he comes out to Texas (twice) to see the 'lil guy play and tells an EPL club that they need to sign the kid. And the club says "OK, send him over". It's all so very Santiago Munez.
The kid is Emerson Hyndman (son of SMU soccer coach Schellas Hyndman) and the club is Newcastle. Yes, the Newcastle. Oh and the kid is only....wait for it...11. Nuts right? Even Freddy Adu is going to be shocked when he hears about this. But good luck to the kid, I hope he makes an impression.
And before you start penciling his name into the first team for the United States' 2014 World Cup, a word of warning: he might be eligible for at least 4 national teams. 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 (who was signed by Everton at age 10) the US, China, Russia and Portugal might be forced to play a winner-take-all tournament to decide who gets him.