11-Year-Old American Soccer Prodigy Heads To FC Barcelona's Academy

By Meera Dolasia on June 4, 2011

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Every young soccer player dreams of being part of a world class soccer team - In April, 11-year old Southern Californiaresident, Ben Lederman came one step closer to fulfilling his, by becoming the first American to be offered a spot for a two-year training program at FC Barcelona's Youth Academy.

The invitation-only La Masia academy, is considered to be one of the world's best soccer training schools. Some of its most famous alumni include FC Barcelona midfielders Andre Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez and also, the team's forward Lionel Messi.

Ben was first spotted by the Spanish coaches in the spring of 2010, when his team FC Barcelona Penya, Los Angeles  competed and won against the academy's team. His performance impressed the coaches so much, that in April of 2011, they invited him to try out for a spot at the soccer school.

The youngster whose style of play and ball control skills have been compared to Andres Iniesta, did so well, that he was immediately offered a two-year stint to train with them.

This of course does not guarantee him a spot in the team or even an extension after his initial two-year training period is up - But, it is definitely a step in the right direction and very exciting for the young prodigy who lives and breathes soccer and has been ardent fan of the four-time European champions, since he was a toddler!

Resources: thedenimkit.com,rivals.yahoo.com, east-sports.com, barcelonausa.com

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  • torianThursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm
    he mite be lucky but l would be better then him!
    • dimaria7
      dimaria7Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm
      Man this kid is one lucky kid
      • meFriday, November 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm
        this kid is exactly as old as I am ( right now, he's as old as I am )
        • danTuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:03 am
          i could bet that kid any day
          • gomessiWednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:27 am
            ronaldo sucks
            • mandm2000
              mandm2000Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:34 pm
              I love playing soccer and my dream is to grow up and be on the women's American soccer team. The one that has Abby Wambach on it.
              • i love soccerWednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8:57 am
                messi is better then ronaldo
                • aryanTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:15 am
                  messi is better then ronaldo please reply or commen
                  • gio4566
                    gio4566Monday, October 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm
                    i know messi sucks thumbs up if you agree
                    • narutoplaysmc
                      narutoplaysmcTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm
                      IKR!
                    • aryanTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:12 am
                      i like messi neymar and ronaldo
                      • pepsi-101
                        pepsi-101Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8:02 am
                        I love mexico

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