U.S. under-17 national team striker Jack McInerney, who overshadowed several other more highly touted teammates by scoring five goals in three games at 2009 Concacaf U-17 qualifying in Tijuana, is off Saturday on a 12-day tryout at Dutch club Vitesse.
"I'm real excited, a little nervous," he said. "It's my first trial, so this should be a good experience. My goal is to play well enough to get a [youth] contract right there. No matter what, I will learn from this experience and move on."
Which many were skeptical of the 5-foot-9 McInerney's chances of emerging from the 40-player pool to earn a starting job, he says Coach Wilmer Cabrera pulled him aside before qualifying, telling him he should be the team's top scorer in the tournament.