The Cosmos announced the signing of USA U-17 international Eric Calvillo today. Calvillo is now the third US youth prospect to have joined the club, following Haji Wright and Alexis Velela.
“Eric is a talented player with great potential,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “We are committed to developing young players and offering them a pathway in professional soccer. Last year we added the B team, and this year our fully funded Academy will start. Players like Eric Calvillo and Alexis Velela are part of this investment.”
While comfortable as a holding mid, Calvillo is a box-to-box midfielder. He saw extensive time in the U-17 World Cup, starting two of his three appearances in the group stage. The performance was clearly enough to get the attention of the Cosmos.
“Signing my first professional contract with a club like the New York Cosmos is incredible,” said Calvillo. “Wearing the same colors as all-time greats like Pelé, Marcos Senna and Raúl is a privilege.”
This signing is in line with goals the Cosmos have in regards to youth talent. These were shared with the media recently while discussing Wright and Velela.
“This will open a trend, this will open a belief that other players can do it,” said the Cosmos head coach. “This has paid off now with Alexis [Velela] and many other players see that we do right by the players.”
Calvillo is the son of Mexican parents and passionate supporter of El Tri, who never imagined their son would end up playing for US.
“So for our son to represent the U.S. was a bittersweet moment, And to top it off, he now plays for two USA national teams. We still have not told some family members back home about this, just because we will not hear the end of it,” his father Beny Calvillo told SoccerWire in an interview last April.
Hopefully, they’ll be writing home about this one right away.