Barely 12, John Kenneth Hilton, nicknamed Xuxuh (pronounced shu-shu) is a Chivas USA player who this past week lit up Europe! … Again.
This time guest playing for Manchester City.
But before we get to that, we’ve got two videos for you:
- Trying to capture the “wow” factor.
- Gives a sense of the multi-dimensional (complete) player.
And in case you’re wondering, the footage is against the best rosters and competition in the country, playing up, and even against the 2001 La Masia residents considered by many as the best Alevin A side in history.
Short form “wow” factor.
Long form multi-dimensional (complete) player.
When Brian first took over this team at U10, I wanted nothing to do with 9 year olds. A few months later I decided to check out one of the games, and got hooked.
Of particular note, was Xuxuh.
While watching that match, I said to myself:
Now that’s a player that can be taken to the highest global level.
Over the next couple years he established dominance at the highest American level. Opposing forwards stood no chance, and he was shredding defenses like nothing.
But contrary to the typical reasons for youth “dominance” in our country, Xuxuh is:
- technically at another level,
- has acquired tactical richness that comes only by being trained in a possession-centered game,
- and has the mental strength and stability to endure the sacrifices required.
It is precisely those qualities that have caught the eyes of European giants Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Ajax, and Manchester City, among others.
In April when we were in Spain for MIC Cup, Xuxuh was the talk of the town. No, seriously … players, coaches, directors, parents from all affiliations were talking about “that outside back from that American team”.
And they started addressing him by his nickname: Xuxuh!
Tournament directors and coaches said that if Takefusa Kubo (the crown jewel of FCB) had not scored 2 goals in the final, Xuxuh would have received tournament MVP.
No worries though … he wouldn’t be denied for too long.
A month ago, Manchester City was in attendance during Surf Cup, and checked out our matches. Long story short, Xuxuh made an impression and was invited to Europe to train and play a tournament with their academy for a week.
So off to England he went.
Then August 24 and 25, to Holland for United Jeugd Cup 2013.
He blew that place up, and got tournament MVP.
Xuxuh is a baller in the making!
You can get some more info and keep up with the latest by following his profile.