Name of young players dropped Manchester United Academy, Jack Harrison, suddenly discussed in the UK related to his call to the U-21 national team.
Jack Harrison, probably a soccer fan of the country is still not familiar with the name of this young player 20 this year.
However, not so with New York City FC fans. Harrison has become a hailed player.
This season, Harrison underwent a glorious performance with New York City FC. Appearing 32 times, he packed 10 goals in MLS – the Premiership of the United States.
For an attacking midfielder, the number of 10 goals was phenomenal. Moreover, this year is the second season as a professional player.
Appearance of former Manchester United Academy player was not separated from the watch Aidy Boothroyd. England U-21 national team coach was also called him to The Young Lions squad.
The call was known to Harrison from New York coach Patrick Vieira, moments before his side drew against the Chicago Fire on Sunday (1/10/2017).
Harrison was trying to spread the good news to his mother. Maybe because he knew the child was going to play, his mother did not put the phone close.
“I had trouble contacting my mother in New York but it took 15 minutes until she picked it up,” the Stoke-born striker, Nov. 20, told the BBC.
“I then told him that he got a call, but I told him he could not talk much because he was warming up,” Harrison said.
The mother, Debbie, is a meritorious figure in Harrison’s career. He made a big decision when choosing a move to the United States in 2010.
In fact, at that time Harrison is still a Manchester United Academy player, a prestigious status for young players. But Harrison is actually happy.
“When mothers offer ideas about football scholarships in the United States, I am enthusiastic,” Harrison said.
“For many young players, the most important thing is the opportunity to play in the first team, many of us fail to do so,” he said.
After seven years as a Manchester United Academy player, Harrison went to the United States. He studied formal at Berkshire School, then in 2013 joined the Manhattan Soccer Club academy.
“I am fortunate to have a mother who has an open mind about the idea, which opens great opportunities not only in soccer, but also in formal education,” Harrison said.
“Many people doubt my verdict went from Manchester United but I am happy to remain confident about choosing to leave,” said the player who used to play on the wing side of the assault.
In 2015, Harrison became part of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons team. He appeared 22 times and scored eight goals in a season.
Harrison was included in the list of MLS SuperDraft 2016, the event of “selling yourself” young players to the professional clubs of the United States. At the age of 19 years two months, he became the youngest player in the Draft 2016.
On January 14, 2016, Harrison selected Chicago Fire to strengthen his team. However, he was sold to New York City in return for some money.
In New York City, Harrison got a valuable opportunity to learn from a number of players who had grazed in the Premier League – the top league caste of English League.
Apart from Patrick Vieira who is a legend of Arsenal and Manchester City, Harrison also got additional knowledge from Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo.
“I had an exciting experience with Lampard, and last year he was not playing and was in England calling to just congratulate me on goal,” Harrison recalled.
In Harrison’s first season, New York failed in the MLS semi-finals. In the Lamar Hunt Cup, they also ran aground because they lost to New York Cosmos, city rivals who are one caste below.
Harrison can only play one season with Lampard who decided to hang up shoes this year. However, in just one year, he has turned into a flagship player in The Pigeons.
55 times Harrison has defended New York. Of that amount, he scored 10 goals and became a creator of 14 goals for his colleagues.
The achievement was made Harrison ogled England coach U-21 national team. Lampard was happy too.
“It’s a great achievement for Harrison, I’m glad you deserve it,” Lampard wrote in Instagram.
Joining the U-21 England team also opened the door to Harrison’s career. His chance to join a major European club, especially in his ancestral home, became more and more open.
“As a player, it’s been a dream to play in Europe’s top leagues, it would be great for me if the opportunity came,” Harrison said.
“However, for now, I just focus in New York, finish the season, and hope to achieve something, after that, we’ll see …” he said.
Is Manchester United interested in recruiting him? Or even Manchester City, the club owner of New York City FC at this time, the more chance bring it back?