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Cowell joins USMNT
Cade Cowell collected five goals
Ceres native Cade Cowell collected five goals and six assists, both career highs, during his third season with the San Jose Earthquakes. Cowell’s outstanding play earned him a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s December 5-19 camp in Los Angeles.

Ceres native Cade Cowell has been called up to the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s December 5-19 camp.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter made the announcement on Friday.

Cowell, 18, earned an invitation to the USMNT camp after collecting a career-high five goals and six assists during his third season with the San Jose Earthquakes of the Major League Soccer (MLS) league.

“My goal is always the same,” Cowell said. “I want to improve from season to season and increase my goal contributions year to year. I feel like I’m just starting to get the hang of professional soccer and I’m becoming more confident as time passes.”

Cowell was among 26 players selected to participate in the camp and compete in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 18 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles. He’ll contribute at forward.

Cowell earned his first-ever call-up to the USMNT in July. He spent several days in Dallas training with U.S. leading up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal game versus Jamaica before returning to San Jose.

Cowell has made eight prior appearances for the United States at the U-16, U-17, and U-20 levels.

He collected one assist while representing U.S. at the U-20 Revelations Cup in Mexico this past month. United States accumulated two losses and one tie.

“It was the first time all of the guys have been together in over two years,” Cowell said. “We didn’t do too well but it was good to be out there and build some chemistry. As for myself, I didn’t have my best tournament. I had a nagging injury late in the year that was bothering me still. I will definitely try and have a better showing next time.”

Cowell also recorded career highs in appearances (33), starts (14), minutes (1,664) and shots (42) with the Earthquakes in 2021, earning the club’s Young Player of the Year award and a selection to the 2021 MLS All-Star Team. 

He ranked No. 7 on MLS’s 22 players under the age of 22 list as voted on by an expert panel consisting of analysts, MLS Player Department staff and external media on Oct. 13.

Cowell 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).

He became the third-youngest player in MLS history to be voted MLS Player of the Week earlier this year (17 years, 207 days).

The Earthquakes posted a 10-13-11 record en route to a 10th-place finish in the MLS Western Conference standings.

“I want to be a bigger contributor on the team next year and help us to make a playoff run,” Cowell said.

Cowell inked a five-year contract with San Jose at the age of 15 in January of 2019.

He became the youngest player signing in Earthquakes and Bay Area team sports history.

Cowell didn’t make any appearances in MLS play as a rookie.

He totaled one goal and one assist in 18 games during his second season.

Cowell attended Earthquakes games as a fan during his childhood.

“To watch him grow and impact games, it’s fun,” San Jose teammate Tommy Thompson said during an interview with MLS contributor Tom Bogert during the 2021 season. “He’s a special talent. I don’t want to put expectations or any type of limits—it’s important to let young players grow—but I’m excited to see what he can do.”

“I can definitely see him becoming a player that can make that jump to Europe soon,” Earthquakes’ midfielder Carlos Fierro stated.