Cade Cowell added to his stat total this past week with the San Jose Earthquakes.
The 17-year-old Ceres native collected his team-leading fourth assist during Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw versus the host Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer (MLS) play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
“Cade keeps growing and yet is still very young,” Earthquakes’ head coach Matias Almeyda said. “When he improves on the things that I am looking for, he will become a very important player for his club and country. That requires time for him to play, make mistakes, play well or decently. That is the only way for young players to progress and grow.”
San Jose grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Javier “Chofis” Lopez collected a pass from Cowell just outside the 18-yard box and fired a left-footed shot past Colorado goalkeeper William Yarbrough.
Cowell and Chofis helped the Earthquakes secure their second consecutive tie on the road.
San Jose moved to 3-7-3 in the MLS standings.
The Rapids moved to 6-2-2 in league play.
“Regarding Cade, who is just starting his career, we’re going step by step, and we’ve connected on a couple of goals,” Lopez said. “I have no doubt that he will develop into a great player in a couple of years. He still has much to learn. He is doing a great job and we need to continue down this path, in which we learn off each other. We also learn from everyone else, especially the coaching staff who take the week to plan goal-scoring plays.”
Cowell, a 5-foot-11 166-pound forward, became the first player in MLS to tally at least four goals and four assists on the year.
He leads San Jose in both goals (4) and assists (4).
Cowell has the highest goals plus assists total in league play this season.