Rejoice, America, for we finally have our soccer savior. He's 11. His name is Joshua.
Joshua Pynadath's moving from the Bay Area in California to Madrid, Spain at the end of the month to join Real Madrid's youth Alevín A team for the upcoming season. He's the first American ever accepted to Real Madrid's academy.
Pynadath first caught Real Madrid's attention when youth scouts saw his highlight video last year. They invited him on a trial during the week of Thanksgiving, and obviously he killed. He played so well that Real Madrid invited him to a second extended trial this spring, and FC Barcelona even offered him a tryout. In the end though, the prodigy decided to follow his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, and sign with Los Blancos.
The United States of America are now a virtual lock to win the 2026 World Cup. If Pynadath gets some help up front, 2022 could also be a possibility, as well. Don't tread.
h/t to Russ