Tottenham youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers shows his immense promise for US Under-23s

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The 17-year-old centre-back put in an outstanding performance for the States in Thursday night's 3-1 win over Canada.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers again showed his promise for the US Under-23s on Thursday night as they recorded a 3-1 Olympic qualifying win over Canada in Kansas City.

The US only needed 34 seconds to open the scoring through Stanford University striker Jordan Morris, who punched in Jerome Kiesewetter’s cross before Canada had even touched the ball.

The senior international later grabbed his second goal in the 73rd-minute when he latched onto a Will Trapp long ball before firing past goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau to double the hosts’ advantage.

Queens Park Rangers forward Michael Petrasso managed to pull one back for Canada from a corner with 10 minutes left but Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil restored the USA’s two-goal advantage in stoppage-time with a spot-kick that iced the result.

Nevertheless, Canada certainly gave Andi Herzog’s side plenty of problems over the course of the match, as Carter-Vickers had to step up on several occasions with some outstanding last-ditch defending.

The burly 17-year-old centre-back was by far the youngest player on the pitch but he looked like the most experienced at times with his reading of the game, making some crucial blocks and interceptions in the first half to keep his side in front.

Almost unbeatable in the air too, his burgeoning partnership with New York Red Bulls star Matt Miazga in the heart of the US defence was without doubt a huge factor in the win and head coach Herzog was full of praise for the pair after the final whistle.

“Both are very young but you can see a lot of their qualities,” he told American Soccer Now. “Overall I think they did a very good job. The problem today was we conceded a very easy goal off a set piece.

“That is something we have to avoid in the next games. The two young players did a good job today and I think they have a great future with the U.S. team.”

It’s certainly not hard to see why Carter-Vickers is so highly-rated back at Tottenham after performances like the one against Canada and, having captained the club’s Under-21s at just 17, the Southend-born stopper seems to be on the fast-track to stardom.

There has even been some talk that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could be set to hand him his first taste of senior action in the Europa League this season and, while that might be a daunting prospect for some teenagers, his performances at the Under-20 World Cup in the summer and for US Under-23s since suggest that he will not be fazed once the time comes.

It’s still very early in his career, of course, but, given the rapid progress he has been making recently, it would not be at all outlandish to suggest that Spurs might just be looking at their best defensive prospect since Ledley King.

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