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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jul 18, 2014

Sevilla to sign teenager from Brooklyn

Sevilla are set to sign 14-year-old defensive midfielder Noah Leeds up to their youth academy.

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Leeds hails from Brooklyn, United States, and was spotted by the Liga side while on holiday in Spain this summer.

The youngster was originally refused a trial by Sevilla after asking, but after catching the eye with a ball on the streets, a local restaurant manager recommended him to a club scout.

Leeds then went on to impress at Sevilla's academy -- playing with teenagers two years older than him -- and it was an experience he relished.

"It was amazing," he told New York Daily News. "The kids were just fantastic. The kids understand the game better and the kids there communicate better.

"They have all these players who just want to help each other. I'm very excited. The soccer talent there is amazing."

A coach at Sevilla told Leeds -- who became the youngest player to be recruited by New York Red Bulls at the age of 10 -- that he could feature for United States at the 2018 World Cup if he dedicates himself to the sport.

"They said if I keep working hard, I can make it," Leeds said. "I love soccer because if you work hard you can be great at it."

Leeds and his family are now due to move to Seville in order to adhere to International Federation of Football Association's rules, which state that boys aged between 12 and 16 must live in the region of the club they play for.

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