Harry Wilson's Liverpool Diary, Day 3: Away with a Win, 1st Team Ambitions
Liverpool winger Harry Wilson was signed by the club as an eight-year-old. Now 16 and part of Liverpool's Under-18 setup, Wilson will be producing a daily diary for Bleacher Report during their trip to New York for the Newark International Soccer Classic.
Read Harry's Tuesday entry here.
We played Fuddercol of Colombia in our opening match of the tournament yesterday. It was on 3G turf, and the conditions were really warm, so it took us a while to acclimatise. We were slow to get going; they pressed well, and the first half was tough.
But in the second half we found our way and took control. We started to dominate possession and went ahead with a penalty from our captain Nathan Burke, after Ryan Kent was fouled in the box. A second goal arrived from Louis Robles later on.
I had a quiet first half, but really came into the game after halftime. As with Brendan Rodgers' first team, we concentrate on passing a lot and try to tire the opposition out until gaps appear. The coaches don't set a target number of completed passes, but it's a big focus of what we do to move the ball around.
After the game, we went out for dinner and once again saw plenty of Liverpool supporters. They might not recognise us, but they see our Liverpool gear and make eye contact. Then you see them giving their mate a nudge and pointing out what we're wearing.
U18 update: Still goalless against Fuddercol in NJ but Liverpool have just gone close after a great strike by Harry Wilson #LFCUSA— LFC USA (@LFCUSA) August 27, 2013
I always try to be as nice as I can with fans, because you're representing the club. You do everything you can do for them. We'll be getting some media training soon to help us deal with life away from the football pitch.
First of all, I'd like to get onto the Liverpool first team and play regularly. I also want to play for Wales and maybe captain the Welsh team. Ultimately, I want to look back and have people say, "Harry Wilson's had a great career."
As for the first team, it may be next season before I get my chance. I'm working hard and I'm doing everything I can to get there.
Right now, I'm on a two-year scholarship. When I finish that, I'll be told if Liverpool want me to stick around.
Harry Wilson was speaking to B/R's Will Tidey. You can follow Harry on Twitter here, and if you have any questions you'd like him to answer, please leave them in the comments section below. We can't promise he'll answer them all, but we'll try and pick the best out.
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