Who is Cavan Sullivan? 14-year-old USA wonderkid heading to Man City after development with Philadelphia Union

US Soccer is experiencing a golden age of talent as the US develops domestic and international talent at a level never before seen in USMNT history.  

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Nobody expected the U.S. to field a player as hyped as 14-year-old Cavan Sullivan. A player whose praise seems to outlast his youth is set to move to Europe.  

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Sullivan, from a soccer-rich family, started his youth career with the Philadelphia Union and became recognised at an incredibly young age.  

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It will take years for the U.S. youth international to join Man City.  

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Sullivan and his family want to offer him the best shot to play in the Champions League, years away.  

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The Sporting News analyses Cavan Sullivan's history, European clubs interested in his move, and the high bar for a top U.S. prospect.  

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As a child, Sullivan relocated to Norristown from northern Philadelphia. He joined the Philadelphia Union academy in Wayne, PA, in 2020 alongside his older brother Quinn, a 20-year-old American youth   

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Sullivan is praised by coaches and scouts worldwide. At 13, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtain said Sullivan "has the ability and talent to become, I’ll just say, a household name." Others would go further.  

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