Harry Wilson's Liverpool Tour Diary, Day 4: Coaching Kids, Visiting Ground Zero
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 previous entries here.
Last night's match against St. Benedict's kicked off a little later than the first one, which thankfully made for cooler conditions.
I scored to put us ahead and from there we took control. Nathan Burke and Sergi Canos added to our lead (all three scorers pictured above) and we had some breathing space at 3-0. Although we let them get one back. we were always in control of the result.
U18 Update: GOAL! #LFC take the lead through a powerful low strike into the corner of the net by Harry Wilson. Great start for Reds. 1-0— LFC USA (@LFCUSA) August 29, 2013
My goal started with a buildup down our right. A cross came over and I came in at the back post to hit a volley back across and into the bottom corner. It's always a great feeling to score for Liverpool and I've been really pleased with a return of five goals in seven games during preseason.
We play our final group game against Maccabi Haifa of Israel on Friday. If we win that, we'll be in the final against either QPR or Inter Milan.
Today started with us coaching Standard Chartered kids at Manhattan College. I really like working with youngsters in the community and the session was really enjoyable, with kids aged six to 14. We split them into groups and put on sessions that lasted an hour.
We're now getting ready to head to the 9/11 site at Ground Zero. When we get there we're going to lay flowers and a Liverpool shirt with the simple message of you'll never walk alone in memory of all those who were lost.
I was only four when 9/11 happened, but as I've grown up I've learned more about the tragic event and the devastating effect it had. I hope to continue learning this afternoon.
We'll have two or three hours to relax after that, and then we're headed out for dinner. After that, it will be another early night to prepare for the big game tomorrow.
Getting an education
You never know what can happen as a footballer. It only takes one bad tackle to end a career, so you need to have something fall back on.
That's why I made sure to work hard for my GCSEs. We went to school as usual last year, getting all of our academic work completed before we headed to the club for training. I can't think about anything but being a professional player, but I have those qualifications now if I need them.
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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