Ben Lederman becomes first ever American to be signed by FC Barcelona’s Academy
On Friday April 14 history was made when one of our own, Ben Lederman, was offered a contract with FC Barcelona’s Academy to join their Alevin C team. Ben becomes the first ever American player to be signed by the clubs legendary academy.
Ben was part of our FC Barcelona Penya Los Angeles club that traveled to Barcelona last spring. The trip was covered by Barcaloco as the team of 10 year olds played against FC Barcelona’s Academy and defeated them in impressive fashion with Ben leading the charge and sparking the interest of the Barcelona Academy coaches.
Following the teams impressive performance Ben was offered a try out with the Academy when Penya Los Angeles returned for their yearly trip two weeks ago.
Ben’s journey during the tryout was document by one of our development coaches, Brian Kleiban. To read more about Ben’s experience visit blog.3four3.com.
We wish Ben and his parents Danny and Tami success at the Academy and in their new life living in Barcelona. We hope to see Ben tearing it up on the Camp Nou pitch in a few years.