Over the last few years, Sporting KC’s gotten increasingly adventurous with its academy swoops outside its immediate realm of influence. At least in purely geographic terms, SKC’s Homegrown territory encompasses three states, more than any other club in the nation. Of course, those states are more sparsely populated Oklahoma and Kansas in addition to Missouri. But even then, SKC’s vision has been precise.
One of those late additions was a small, skilled and relatively unknown midfielder named Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal. The creative Malaysian-American had a short run with the U17 MNT, but it wasn’t nearly long enough to create anything approaching a hype nimbus around his profile. His commitment to Akron represented his growing reputation among those in the know, but on a broader look-at-this-kid-destroy-people level, he hadn’t quite arrived yet.
At least not in the U.S.