Baker-Whiting attracting interest from top sides in Europe
Champions League clubs are closely following the Seattle Sounders homegrown player who is only 16 years old.
Major League Soccer has become a league that sends young talent to the best teams in Europe in recent years. In the past few weeks it has been confirmed that Ajax, Wolfsburg, Juventus and Bayern Munich are keen on signing FC Dallas forward, Ricardo Pepi, who is only 18 years old.
Seattle homegrown player gathering interest in Europe
Now it has been reported by MLS.com, that several Champions League teams are closely following Seattle Sounders' player, Reed Baker-Whiting. According to the report, scouts from Liverpool, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund are following the progress of the 16-year-old player.
Baker-Whiting is only a teenager and he doesn’t have a European passport just yet, so this means that he would have to wait until he is 18 to be registered officially in European competitions. He plays as a midfielder and has made four appearances, two of them as a starter, in Major League Soccer with the Sounders.
Last year, he made his professional debut aged 15 for Tacoma Defiance, Seattle’s USL Championship affiliate. Since then, Baker-Whiting has made a total of 12 appearances in the United Soccer League.
US underage player
The teenager has also played with the United States U15 side and he could follow the steps of Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic. The son of former USMNT legend, Claudio Reyna, was signed by Dortmund while playing for the NYCFC academy, and Pulisic was also signed by BVB but from the MLS NEXT academy PA Classics.