That is the message that those in the higher circles are aware of.
“If you can get anything out of this, it’s a guy like Joshua Winder,” former US international and current ESPN host Hercules Gomez said last week at Futbol America. It’s a game changer for me, it changes the game … If you sign as an academy player or an MLS player, first of all, there’s no guarantee you’ll get that time. Regardless, I think it’s more likely, and in doing so he caught the eye of a team like Benfica.
“I mean, he’s been on the radar in Europe even before he’s played top-level football, and he’s been called up to the USA Men’s National Team before he’s ever played for a European team. , is a game-changer for young players looking to make their way to the U.S. Men’s National Team.”
The USL Academy platform continues to expand, including the launch of the Girls Academy League this year. Lauryn Thompson of NC Courage Academy said she was a standout player in the recent USL Academy Cup and now she’s called up to the England U-16 squad.
Joshua Winder may be the first USL Academy graduate to be called up from the United States, but he won’t be the last.
“I truly believe that everyone stands by Josh, stands by him, and wishes only for him to move forward,” Sanchez said. “And as you know we have to find the next one. We can’t stop here. Our aim is to find the next player and this is for the football community here. , is going to be another moment that everyone can enjoy, young children, parents, etc. It’s one of the things we have to keep doing.”
This will be a game changer for all USL clubs.