Ceres native Cade Cowell made his pro debut with the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday in Mexico.
Cowell and the Quakes battled to a 1-1 tie versus Pioneros de Cancún in preseason play.
“I played great for my first pro game and only made a few errors,” said Cowell, who is just 15 years old.
Cowell started the second half at striker against Pioneros de Cancún, which competes in Mexico’s Liga Premier.
“I was pretty nervous during warmups,” he said. “As I entered the game, all of that went away and I was just focused on playing good.”
The game was played at Estadio Olímpico Andrés Quintana Roo, a 17,289-seat stadium.
“There was a whole side of the stadium that was filled and I thought it was pretty awesome and really fun playing in front of them."Cade Cowell
“There was a whole side of the stadium that was filled and I thought it was pretty awesome and really fun playing in front of them,” Cowell said.
Cowell became the youngest player signing in Quakes and Bay Area team sports history last month when he inked a five-year contract with San Jose.
He was a member of the Quakes’ in-house development program prior to joining the first team.
He scored three goals in eight appearances for the Quakes Academy U-17s. He also played for the U-19s.
In September, Cowell earned a call-up to the U.S. U-16s, tallying a goal in his national team debut. He was then promoted to the U.S. U-17s for the Nike International Friendlies later in the month, where he appeared in all three matches and scored against Chile.
Cowell is rated as a five-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer and is ranked as the No. 2 player in the nation for the Class of 2022.
He led the nation with 34 goals in 32 appearances for the Ballistic United U-15s during the 2017-18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season.
Cowell and the Quakes will compete against Reno 1868 FC, their USL Affiliate, this Saturday at Greater Nevada Field. The game will begin at 12:15 p.m.