Not many players are able to find the back of the net on their professional debuts. U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team forward Charlie Kelman did not follow that that trend on Saturday.
Kelman scored a wonder-goal on his pro debut for English third-tier side Southend United despite a 3-2 loss to Plymouth Argyle.
The 17-year-old chipped the Plymouth keeper from inside his own half which sent the home fans bonkers in the League One clash.
Kelman, born in Essex, played for the U.S. U-18’s last year and now qualifies to play for the United States.
Southend manager Chris Powell stated that Kelman was a “real livewire for us and obviously he’s scored a wonderful goal.” After an amazing debut for Southend, Kelman praised the club for giving him his first opportunity via social media.
Southend, are currently 12th in the EFL League One and next travel to Bradford City on Jan. 19th.