With four goals and four assists in 17 appearances, Cade Cowell has made an incredible start to the 2021 MLS campaign for the San Jose Earthquakes, but the teenager wants more.
At just 17 years old, Cowell is already being tipped to follow many of his fellow American youngsters in securing a move to Europe – a path walked by the likes of Tanner Tessmann, Gianluca Busio and Sam Vines this summer alone.
Most players his age would likely be thrilled at a return of eight direct goal involvements by this stage of the season, but Cowell – who has earned a place in this season’s MLS All-Star side – has already set higher standards for himself.
“I would say I’m doing well but I’m not satisfied,” the United States youth international told reporters. “I feel I could do a lot more; have more goals, have more assists, have better stats. But I’m not doing bad also. I’m at a medium level. I’m hoping to finish the season a lot better.”
Perhaps finding a consistent position in which to thrive for the Quakes would help Cowell achieve the sorts of numbers he’s looking for.
Such is his speed and strength, Cowell has been utilised as a central striker, winger and attacking midfielder by Matias Almeyda so far this season. But when asked by reporters which position he prefers playing in, the California native revealed he is yet to work that out for himself.
“Yeah, it’s a good question. I really don’t know what I’ll be in the future, whether that’s a 9, 7 or 11,” Cowell responded. “I really enjoy playing all three right now and whatever Matias wants me to be up top, I’ll play whatever he wants.
“So, I’m trying to learn every position and play them the best way I can, and whatever he needs from me, that’s what I’ll play.”
The Quakes beat California rivals LAFC 2-1 in their last match to move to within two points of the MLS Cup playoff spots in the Western Conference. Almeyda’s side host the Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota United before a Cali Clasico clash with the LA Galaxy on August 21.