US striker Caden Glover – born in 2007 – makes his MLS debut in St. Louis City SC’s rivalry week loss against the Chicago Fire at only 16 years old
- Glover has also made appearances for the U.S. Youth National team age groups
- The forward came on in the 77th minute for midfielder Eduard Lower on Saturday
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Caden Glover has become the first player born in 2007 to make his MLS debut, as he came on as a substitute in St. Louis City SC’s loss against rivals The Chicago Fire on Saturday.
The 16-year-old forward came off the bench in the 77th minute for midfielder Eduard Lowen in an attacking move for the 2023 expansion team. He wasn’t able to make an impact on the match as St. Louis ended up losing 1-0 at Solider Field, due to a goal from Chicago centre-back Rafael Czichos in the 40th minute.
Glover has quickly risen through the ranks since arriving at St. Louis CITY Academy for both club and country.
After appearing in the academy’s U-16 and U-17 teams, the Columbia, Illinois, native earned his first call-up to the U.S. Youth National team and made three starts in four international friendlies during the U-15’s camp in April 2022.
He scored his first youth national team goal – a game winner – against Belgium U-15 after coming off the bench in the second half. That game was on April 27, 2022.
Caden Glover, 16, made his debut for St. Louis in the MLS on Saturday against the Chicago Fire
The American forward is the first player born in 2007 to play with the pros in a league game
In 2022 MLS NEXT Fest – a youth tournament consisting of six different age groups battling it out across showcase games in front of college, pro and U.S. Soccer scouts – Glover recorded a goal and an assist in three matches with St. Louis CITY Academy U-17s.
He kept his cool and helped the team to two penalty shootout wins in the Generation Adidas Cup qualifiers.
Glover went on to earn his first professional cap with CITY2 – the reserve team of St. Louis City SC – at North Texas SC, coming off the bench and playing 22 minutes.
He’s also St. Louis’ first-ever homegrown player and signed a five-year deal that runs through the 2027 MLS season in January.
Glover is also St. Louis’ first-ever homegrown player and signed a five-year deal in January
And now that he’s among the pros, there’s a chance that Glover could taste MLS glory in his first professional season, with St. Louis currently flying high in the Western Conference standings.
The club, which was established in 2019 and plays its home matches at CityPark, is sitting in second place after 11 matches played so far in 2023.
St. Louis trails the Seattle Sounders by a point (19) after 11 matches played.
The Missouri-based franchise will next face last place Sporting Kansas City on May 20.