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Cade Cowell is one of the MLS players to watch in 2021

The 17-year-old American striker was named in the Major League Soccer Team of the Week for week 2 after scoring a goal in San Jose Earthquakes’ 3-1 victory over FC Dallas.

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Cade Cowell is one of the MLS players to watch in 2021

Cade Cowell had a breakout performance last weekend in San Jose Earthquakes’ 3-1 victory against FC Dallas for week two of the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season. The 17-year-old netted his first goal in the league and was voted in the MLS Team of the Week.

It is nice to be named to things, but I’m really just focused on what I can control, and that is playing well,” said Cowell. "My goal is to obviously stay in the lineup and prove that I am worthy of being a starter. I want to help the team in any way that I can.”

After his performance last Saturday he was also nominated for MLS Player of the Week, that won Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, and MLS Goal of the Week, that won Ezequiel Barco from Atlanta United. The homegrown striker has started in the first two opening games of the season for San José Earthquakes.

Player to watch this season

Last weekend Cowell became the sixth youngest player in MLS history to tally a goal and an assist in a single match at PayPal Park in San Jose Earthquakes’ season home opener. In the game against FC Dallas he was subbed out in the 84th minute and he attempted four shots and created three scoring chances.

“He’s one of the best players, in my opinion, on the team,” San Jose midfielder Carlos Fierro said through a translator. “He’s very young, he has lots to learn, but I think we’re here to help him out. You can tell that the more he plays, the more confidence and growth becomes part of him. I can definitely see him becoming a player that can make that jump to Europe soon.”