Cameron Carter-Vickers has been one of Tottenham Hotspur's top young players, but he was never really on the radar of the United States, at least not publicly. Most fans didn't even know he was eligible to play for the U.S., having been born and raised in England, but his father is American and Cameron played for the U.S. U-18s at the Vaclav Jezek tournament earlier this year.
Now Carter-Vickers is taking a major step up: the U-23s.
The central defender is just 16 years old, but is part of the U-23 team that is in Brazil for a training camp and friendly against the Selecao U-23s It's a big leap for Carter-Vickers, but he doesn't appear to be particularly worried about it.
"I'm looking forward to it and it will be a good experience for me," Carter-Vickers told the Spurs official site.
"I've never been to Brazil before so I'm looking forward to seeing the country for the first time and obviously I'm going to be around older players so in that situation you can learn from them and maybe try to improve yourself.
"We're playing Brazil and obviously their first team is very good, so they should have some good youth players as well."
A big reason the U-23s are in Brazil for this training camp and friendly is because Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics. This gives them a chance to see the country, get an idea for the culture and play a match in Brasilia, where some Olympic matches will be held.
Carter-Vickers plays for Tottenham's U-18 team and is one of their best players. He has also played for the U-21 team and acquitted himself well so playing against players older than him isn't completely foreign to him. Jumping all the way up to U-23 is a pretty big leap, but he's shown himself capable at every level thus far and is supremely talented so maybe he will be back in Brazil two years from now for the Olympics.