Cerean Cade Cowell had an impressive showing at the U.S Soccer
Under-16 Boys’ National Team Training Camp last month in Florida.
Cowell earned a roster spot on the Under-17 Men’s National Team, which will travel to Mexico next week to compete in the Nike International Friendlies.
“I found out two days ago,” said Cade, 14, who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 160 pounds. “The coach called me. I’m nervous, excited and happy. I’m feeling everything. It’s definitely a dream come true. It’s something I’ve worked for my whole life.”
The National Team Training Camp was held, Sept. 12-19, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
“It was an awesome camp,” Cowell said. “That was by far the best competition I’ve been around. Everyone there was an amazing player. It was very challenging. I gave everything I had each day and training session and hoped for the best.”
Cowell helped lead the Under-16 squad to a 1-0-1 record against Under-19 teams.
He scored two goals at forward in an 8-1 win over IMG Academy.
Cade scored once in a 1-1 tie with Orlando City.
“I was a little nervous the first day,” Cowell said. “The second day, I was confident. I was very positive. I showed that I belonged out there.”
Cowell and the Under-17 National Team will face Argentina on Thursday, Mexico on Friday and Chile on Saturday.
“I’m really looking forward to playing against our rivals,” he said.
Cade signed with the San Jose Earthquakes Boys Development Academy after starring on the Pleasanton-based Ballistic United Under-15 club team during the 2017-18 season.
He led the nation in scoring with 34 goals in 32 games.
Cade’s dominant play on the pitch earned him a four-star prospect rating from topdrawersoccer.com.
He’s currently the No. 6 rated forward in the nation and No. 1 ranked player in the state for the class of 2022.
Cowell has been practicing with the Earthquakes men’s professional team for the past two weeks.
“The Quakes have boosted my confidence a lot,” he said. “Training with the first team has prepared me for a lot of things.”
Cade lives with a host family in San Jose.
A ninth-grade student, Cowell does his schooling online.
Laurel Springs is an accredited, private school.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” said Debin Cowell while talking about his son’s latest accomplishment. “It hasn’t always been roses for Cade. He’s had to bust his butt to get to the level he’s at. He’s put in a lot of work.”
“I’m really grateful for what I have and what God has given me,” Cade added.
Cowell joined elite company by earning a spot on the 20-player Under-17 National Team roster.
He’s thrived under pressure.
“I just try not to think about making mistakes,” Cade said. “I just try to play soccer no matter what team I’m on or who I’m facing.”