Chance Cowell has been called up to Mexico's Under -15 Men's Youth National Soccer Team.
Cowell is just 13 years old.
He's a seventh-grade student at Cesar Chavez Jr. High in Ceres.
"Very thankful for the opportunity and excited to get started," Cowell stated in a post on Instagram. "Vamos!!!"
"So proud of the kid," Debin Cowell, Chance's father, wrote on social media. "Big things coming soon!"
Cowell, a 5-foot-7 130-pound forward, was called up after making a name for himself with the Sacramento Republic FC Academy.
He was the youngest player on the youth development program’s 15-and-under team.
Cowell scored three goals while appearing in five games with the 17-and-under squad.
“Chance has never taken soccer serious until now,” Debin stated when Chance signed with Sacramento Republic in April of 2021. “He’s going to take off mentally and physically being in that environment. He’ll be pushed. It’s a big test.”
Cowell was offered full tuition to two academies: Sacramento Republic and San Jose Earthquakes.
Sacramento was a better fit for Cowell as he chose not to follow in older brother Cade's footsteps.
Cade signed a pro contract with the Earthquakes of Major League Soccer (MLS) at the age of 15 in January of 2019. The 2018 Cesar Chavez Jr. High grad enjoyed a career-year at forward with San Jose in 2021. He collected five goals and six assists.
Cade earned the club's Young Player of the Year award and a selection to the MLS All-Star Team. He holds numerous age-specific club records, including youngest player to make an MLS appearance (16 years, 150 days), youngest player to make an MLS start (16 years, 325 days), and youngest player to score an MLS goal (16 years, 325 days).
Cade made his debut with the United States Men's National Soccer Team during an international friendly match on Dec. 18. He's also made appearances for the United States at the U-16, U-17, and U-20 levels.
"Ever since I was little, I wanted to be just as good as him (Cade)," Chance said. "He tells me to work my hardest, chase my dreams and I’ll eventually make it.”
“It’s a long developmental path,” Debin said. “To get to that level, it takes talent, drive, work ethic and luck. Chance is pretty much a carbon copy of Cade. He has all the tools to be just as good.”
Chance started playing soccer at the age of four.
He was a member of the Ceres Youth Soccer Organization’s recreational league for one season.
He played club soccer for the Modesto Ajax and Ceres Earthquakes.
Cowell suited up for the Earthquakes’ under-14 team for the final time last May.
Chance will be leaving for Mexico City on Saturday. He'll be there until May 5.
The U15 Mexican National Team will compete in the 18th Torneo delle Nazioni next month.
Games for the 12-team tournament are being played at venues across Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
Mexico, Czech Republic and Romania make up Group C.
Mexico's roster will be finalized leading up to the tournament.