It’s Cameron Carter-Vickers’ year apparently. He’s enjoying life at Tottenham Hotspur after making his debut and being constantly praised by his manager, Mauricio Pochettino. In fact, he’s off to such a good start he’s been rewarded with a new contract that runs until 2019.
That’s not all the news surrounding the 18-year-old center-back this week. Sports Illustrated has calmed worries about CCV possibly switching international allegiances to England. Grant Wahl reported on Wednesday that he heard from a source close to the dual-national that he’s 100% committed to the United States on the international stage.
Wahl also stated that Carter-Vickers would unlikely get the chance to be cap-tied anytime soon considering the next two official matches are crucial to the USA’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup.
This doesn’t come as a shock but maybe it’s not too safe to assume this is the scenario that will occur. Klinsmann has been hot and cold on most of the USMNT’s center-back options. Omar Gonzalez for example, he’s left off of rosters before. Other than John Brooks and maybe Geoff Cameron, he’s not exactly committed to any of his options.
It wouldn’t be the most surprising move to see him call-up Carter-Vickers if he truly believes the youngster is ready for the international scene. Yes, it would be a hectic situation to try and get him his first cap, but it wouldn’t be the most uncharacteristic thing Klinsmann has ever done. He’s not afraid to put young players in tough situations as he proved with Christian Pulisic in this summer’s Copa America.