Tottenham Hotspur's English-American center back Cameron Carter-Vickers is a standout player, both for club and country. Just 17 years old, he's not only made USA's U23 national team, he's starting. And bossing around players six years his senior.
USA's U23 squad took on Cuba today in a group stage match for CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, and Carter-Vickers started in central defense alongside his American stalwart partner Matt Miazga. How'd Carter-Vickers do? Well, he did this.
OK, that's some pretty poor man marking by Cuba, sure. But look at the athleticism displayed by Carter-Vickers and the pinpoint accuracy on the header. Dude's practically falling backwards! Carter-Vickers is built like a brick wall, so even if Cuba hadn't completely forgotten where he is, he's got the strength to just shove dudes out of the way.
Team USA won the match 6-1, which proves only that Cuba's U23 team just isn't very good and not much else. But the fact that Carter-Vickers is able to do stuff like this while only 17 should put a stupid grin on Spurs fans' (and USMNT fans') faces.
I'm telling you, this kid is good and it wouldn't shock me to see him getting non-token minutes in Tottenham Hotspur's back line before he turns 20, and he's almost certainly also the future of Team USA's defensive line.