Mo Ihattaren: PSV teenager making Eredivisie his playground

first_img“This is going to be my year. Write that down.”Sitting down to speak to Goal and Voetbalzone back in July, PSV teenager Mohamed Ihattaren was in confident mood.Having made his senior PSV debut as a 16-year-old six months previously, and become a regular in Mark van Bommel’s matchday squad for the remainder of the campaign, he probably had every right to be. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Certainly, his performances so far this season suggest that his bold proclamation for 2019-20 was spot on.A return of three goals and five assists in 11 appearances only scratch the surface of his impact on the current PSV team, with fans from around the Netherlands now of the opinion that Netherlands has found its next great playmaker.Brought up in Utrecht, Ihattaren moved to Eindhoven having been spotted by PSV scouts during a series of talent days.”I never really wanted to do anything else; I just wanted to play football,” he recalled to Goal.”My brother told me that a PSV scout had been in attendance at a tournament I played in and he said I would receive an invitation. And, when that eventually dropped on the doormat, I immediately knew what it was about.”They organised a talent day on a Sunday, where you got the chance to show what you can do. I went to two or three of those and then they told me they wanted me to stay.”Ihattaren – who has Moroccan roots and could still play internationally for the north African nation (he has delayed such a decision while his father fights cancer) – flew through the various youth sides once at PSV, playing above his age group at every level.”The way he developed was spectacular,” former PSV and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who now coaches PSV’s Under-19s side, told Goal.”He joined us from the U17 team in the U19s but he was younger than everyone, so I thought he’s going to need at least a season to develop and get used to things, but he developed like a rocket really.Mohamed Ihattaren GFX“He joined the winter break training camp with the first team last season and he just blew everybody away. That’s not normal with a player who is 16 years of age, of course. “I was saying to him: ‘I want to develop you so that you will make the step to the first team and then I don’t want to see you back here anymore.'”That’s the way I think it should be because for players who go and come back it’s very difficult. He managed to develop himself at such speed that he left and we never saw him come back.”It was at that aforementioned training camp that Van Bommel got a first glimpse of Ihattaren in a senior environment, having previously worked with him at U19 level. Unsurprisingly, he was impressed.”He has the quality with the ball that is extraordinary for his age,” he told Goal. “And it’s good that he is with us because he is developing really well. “He’s 17 but I think he’s learning more than at the youth academy because he was at the top of the youth academy. And no matter if you are 16, 17 or 19 – if you are good, you have to train with the first team.”Ihattaren has not looked back since making his debut for Van Bommel’s side as a last-minute substitute against Groningen on January 26.He went onto make a further 15 Eredivisie appearances before the end of the campaign, including four starts, and though he was unable to score or provide any assists, his potential was already clear, leading to him being named in Goal’s NxGn list of the best 50 teenage footballers on the planet in March.Such hype predictably saw the teenager begin to be linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs, with Chelsea and Manchester City cited as potential destinations. PSV moved quickly, though, and in March tied Ihattaren down to a new contract that will keep him at the Philips Stadion until at least 2022.”I have always had a clear plan and I am following that plan at the moment,” he said. “The preference was always to stay at PSV; that was the sensible thing to do.”Money is not the most important thing, in my opinion. I am still young and have a lot to learn. I am improving all the time still. I need to achieve a lot more before I can start thinking about the next step in my career. “I want to become the star player at PSV as soon as possible. I want to become important for the club, make the fans happy and win the title – more than once.”And then in the end, I would like to earn a big transfer. But I am happy at PSV for now and in no rush to move on.”With his future not up for debate in the short term, Ihattaren has wasted no time in beginning that path towards becoming the club’s star player.His first goal for the club came on August 18 against Heracles and he backed it up by netting in each of PSV’s Europa League qualifying matches against Apollon Limassol before the month was up.Mohamed Ihattaren PSV 2019-20Fast-forward into September and he became the youngest ever player to provide two assists in a Europa League match as PSV kicked off their group campaign with a 3-2 victory over Portuguese giants Sporting CP.Given Ihattaren openly admits that he idolised the creativity of Ronaldinho as a child, his playmaking ability comes as little surprise, even if he is showing footballing maturity beyond his years.”He has the quality to make the right decision in a difficult situation. And that’s not normal,” Van Bommel explains. “We speak about if you have a good decision in a difficult situation then that’s good. But it’s not always like that and he’s only 17.”He’s playing with the older guys and he does the same things he did at the youth academy. If you can do that, then you’re a good player.”Ihattaren still sees room for improvement, particularly in the less attractive aspects of his game, saying: “I have to become more efficient and become more consistent when it comes to the defensive side of my game. I can’t let it happen that I track back one time and then slack off the next. I consistently have to play at a high level.”Given how rapidly he has risen through the ranks to become the beating heart of a top European club, there are few doubts that he will quickly be able to adapt his game to allow for such an improvement.From there, the sky seems to be the limit for a player who does not even turn 18 until February.”I must admit that I don’t really like talking about myself, but I do think I’ve got something special,” Ihattaren concludes when weighing up his own potential.Right now, even that is looking like an understatement.last_img read more

North Carolina to face Chicago in NWSL championship

first_imgThe North Carolina Courage will face the Chicago Red Stars in next Sunday’s NWSL championship game after both sides won their respective semifinal ties on Sunday. The Courage advanced to their third consecutive NWSL championship game by defeating Reign FC 4-1 in extra time, while the Red Stars got past the Portland Thorns 1-0 to reach their first ever NWSL title game.In their semifinal, the Courage had plenty of opportunities to open the scoring but found Reign FC goalkeeper Casey Murphy in inspired form, with the 23-year-old making a number of key stops for the visitors.  Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But with just two minutes remaining, the Courage appeared to find the winner from the penalty spot. Lauren Barnes was whistled for a handball in the box and Heather O’Reilly stepped up and buried the spot kick in the 88th minute. There would be late drama, however, as Reign FC substitute Ifeoma Onumonu turned her defender and buried a shot past Stephanie Labbe to tie the game in the third minute of stoppage time.STUNNER 😱@ify_on22 levels the match at the death!1-1 | #NCvSEA— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The visitors did well to get the game past 90 minutes but in extra time, the regular season’s top team showed their quality by burying Reign FC with three goals. Debinha opened the scoring in extra time with a 99th-minute stunner off a free [email protected] restores the lead to @TheNCCourage with a sheer piece of magic.2-1 | #NCvSEA— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The result was sealed when substitute Kirsten Hamilton got behind the Reign defense late in the first-half of extra time and her cross was deflected in by Barnes for an own goal.Crystal Dunn would add further misery for Reign FC by scoring off a breakaway in the 107th minute to give her side a three-goal advantage. Meanwhile in suburban Chicago, Sam Kerr’s early goal stood up as Chicago ended a run of four consecutive NWSL semifinal defeatsThe NWSL’s top scorer took little time to get on the board, getting on the end of an eighth-minute through ball from Yuki Nagasato and finishing low past Adrianna Franch. The connection of @Yuki_Ogimi ➡️ @samkerr1 picked up right where it left off from the regular season.See how @chiredstarsPR took an early lead.1-0 | #CHIvPOR on ESPN2— NWSL (@NWSL) October 20, 2019The Courage will look to make it back-to-back NWSL titles in the championship game, which will be held at their home Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.last_img read more

How Clark County college football players fared, Sept. 7

first_img Zion Fa’aopega, Union, Fr.*, DL — Had one tackle.Michael Taras, Heritage, Fr*., WR — Played in a backup role.Brock Harrison, Ridgefield, Fr., DL — Did not play.Dawson Ingram, Camas, Fr., TE — Did not play. Nick Charles, Columbia River, Fr., K/P — Did not play.HawaiiLast game: Beat Oregon State 31-28 to improve to 2-0 overall.Next game: at Washington, Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m.Michael Boyle, Camas, Fr.*, PK – Did not play.Lincoln Victor, Union, Fr., WR – Did not play. Subscribe Today GO Kai Gamble, Union, So.*, LB — Had no tackles but two hits on the quarterback.Max Randle, Battle Ground, So.*, DB — Started at outside linebacker. Had 13 tackles, including nine solo, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.Canon Racanelli, Hockinson, Fr.*, QB — Completed 13 of 31 passes for 146 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in his first collegiate start. He had touchdown passes of 24 and 12 yard. He also had four carries for one yard.Angel Terry, Hudson’s Bay, Fr.*, DL — Started at nose tackle. Had two tackles, including one solo. (360) 735-4548 Next  game: Harvard, Sept. 21, 1 p.m.Bryan Kelly, Camas, Sr.*, DB — Started at strong safety. Made four tackles, including two solo, and broke up one pass.Shane Jamison, Camas, Fr., LB — Did not play.Shasta CollegeLast game: Beat Chabot 26-3 to improve to 1-0 overall.Next game: at West Hills Coalinga, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.Marvin Barber, Union, Fr., RB — Did not play. Des Phillips, Stevenson, Fr, CB –Preston Lowery, Stevenson, Fr, LB –Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyLast game: Lost to Carnegie Mellon 24-7 to fall to 0-1 overall.Next game: at Becker College, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.Keithen Shepard, Union, Jr., WR — Had three catches for 92 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown. Also returned one kickoff for 16 yards and two punts for 14 yards. Zac Shomler, Skyview, Jr., QB —Portland StateNext game: Beat Simon Fraser 70-7 to improve to 1-1 overall.Next game: at Boise State, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m.Brady Brick, Battle Ground, So.*, OL — Played in a backup role for an offense that gained 646 total yards.Jacob Bystry, Columbia River, Sr., WR — Played in a backup role. Made one tackle. Tyler Flanagan, Woodland, Fr., RB — Did not play.Riley O’Rourke, Skyview, Fr., OL — Did not play.Makai Anderson, Mountain View, Fr., DB — Did not play.Tyler Dejong, Skyview, Fr., LB — Did not play. Micah Rice Columbian Sports Editor @col_mrice Eastern OregonLast game: Beat Southern Oregon 24-21 to improve to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the NAIA Frontier Conference.Next game: Montana Tech, Sept. 12, 1 p.m.Cole Schultz, Ridgefield, Fr., DL — Did not play.Eastern WashingtonLast game: Beat Lindenwood 59-31 to improve to 1-1 overall.Next game: at Jacksonville State, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.Kedrick Johnson, Hockinson, Jr.*, DB — Had one tackle. Share: Next game: Ferris State, Sept. 14, 4:05 p.m.Drake Owen, Camas, So. WR — Started at wide receiver. Had one catch for 32 yards.Rey Green, Union, Jr. RB — Did not play.Will Ortner, Hockinson, Jr.*, OL — Started at left tackle for an offense that gained 359 total yards.Isaiah Carbajal, Mountain View, So.*, DL — Started at defensive end. Had two tackles, both solo. WashingtonLast game: Lost to California 20-19 to fall to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12 Conference.Next game: Hawaii, Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m.Noah Hellyer, Skyview, Fr.*, DB — Did not play.Washington StateLast game: Beat Northern Colorado 59-17 to improve to 2-0 overall.Next game: at Houston, Sept. 13, 6:15 p.m.Beau Braden, Columbia River, Fr.*, DL — Did not play. K.J. Santos, Seton Catholic, Sr., FB — Did not play.Matt Henry, Hockinson, So., LB — Did not play.Kyle Brabec, Hockinson, So., LB Did not play.Noho Lidstone, Columbia River, Jr., LB — Did not play. MontanaLast game: Beat North Alabama 61-17 to improve to 2-0 overall.Next game: at Oregon, Sept. 14, 7:45 p.m.Kobey Eaton, Evergreen, Sr.*, DB — Played in a backup role.Michael Matthews, Camas, So.*, LB — Had one tackle.Skyler Martin, Skyview, So.*, OL — Played in a backup role for an offense that gained 530 yards. Tarek Jabakhanji, Union, Fr., DE — Did not play.Simon FraserNext game: Lost to Portland State 70-7 to fall to 0-1 overall.Next game: at Angelo State, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.Robert Meadors, Heritage, So., WR — Started at wide receiver. Had one catch for 3 yards.Southern OregonLast  game: Lost to Eastern Oregon 24-21 to fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the NAIA Frontier Conference. Cole Grossman, Skyview, Fr.*, TE — Did not play.Dumitru Salagor, Union, Fr., OL — Did not play.Montana TechLast game: Lost to College of Idaho, 28-14 to fall to 0-1 overall and in the NAIA Frontier Conference.Next game: at Eastern Oregon, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.Zeek Fromel, Mountain View, So., OL/DL — Did not play. Racanelli wasn’t the only player from Clark County to make an impact for Central Washington on Saturday. Starting linebacker Max Randle (Battle Ground HS) had 13 tackles, including nine solo tackles and one sack. Nose tackle Angel Terry (Hudson’s Bay HS) and defensive end Isaiah Carbajal (Mountain View HS) also started for the Wildcats defense.On offense, Drake Owen (Camas HS) started at wide receiver. He had one catch for 32 yards.As always, email updates to Sports Editor Micah Rice at [email protected] I’m especially looking for tips on local players at California junior colleges, as those rosters can be tough to find early in the season.Here’s how Clark County players fared on the college gridiron this weekend: The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. [email protected] Next game: Texas A&M Commerce, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.Nathan Hockhalter, Columbia River, So.*, DL — Did not play.Justice Murphy, Evergreen, Sr., WR — Did not play.Aksel Fredrickson, Battle Ground, So., DL — Played in a backup role.Wyatt Harsh, Woodland, So., QB — Did not play.Did I miss anyone? If so, email [email protected] How Clark County college football players fared, Sept. 7 Jack Hiller, La Center, Fr.*, OL — Did not play.NebraskaLast game: Lost to Colorado 34-31 in overtime to fall to 1-1 overall.Next game: Northern Illinois, Sept. 14, 5 p.m.Darien Chase, Union, Fr., WR — Did not play.Notre DameLast game: Bye weekNext game: New Mexico, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.Nolan Henry, Union, Sr.*, QB — James Durr, Union, Fr., LS — Did not play.George FoxLast game: Lost to Redlands 35-19 to fall to 0-1 overall.Next game: at Alfred, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.Abe Smith, Union, Jr., S — Started at safety. Made two tackles, including one solo.Josiah Tully, King’s Way Christian, Sr., WR — Did not play. * — has used redshirt yearAir ForceLast game: Bye week.Next game: at Colorado, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.Christopher Mitchell, Mountain View, Sr., OL —Carroll CollegeLast game: Lost to Montana Western 31-24 to fall to 0-1 overall and in the NAIA Frontier Conference.Next game: Rocky Mountain, Sept. 14, 12 p.m.William Noce-Sheldon, Seton Catholic, Sr.*, WR — Did not play.Central WashingtonLast game: Lost to Idaho 41-31 to fall to 0-1 overall. By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor Published: September 8, 2019, 6:50pm Idaho StateNext game: Beat Western Colorado 38-13 to improve to 1-0 overall.Next game: at Utah, Sept. 14, 1:15 p.m.Caleb Eldred, Camas, So.*, OL – Did not play.LinfieldNext  game: at Rowan (N.J.), Sept. 14, 2 p.m.Will Warne, Mountain View, Jr.*, K – Tyler Bergeron, Battle Ground, Fr, LB/DB –Nolan Mickenham, Prairie, Fr, WR –Dawson Lieurance, Columbia River, Fr, QB –Isaac Hoidal, Stevenson, Fr, WR – Rocky Mountain CollegeLast game: Beat Montana State-Northern 53-34 to improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NAIA Frontier Conference.Next game: at Carroll College, Sept. 14, 12 p.m.Joey Roberts, Mountain View, So. OL — Did not play.Matt Asplund, Columbia River, Fr. QB — Did not play.San DiegoLast  game: Lost to UC Davis 38-35 to fall to 0-2 overall. Next  game: at College of Idaho, Sept. 14, 12 p.m.Jordan Suell, Fort Vancouver, Sr., WR — Started at wide receiver. Had three catches for 42 yards, including a touchdown reception of 33 yards.Parker Randle, Battle Ground, Jr.*, WR — Started at wide receiver. Had six catches for 30 yards.Nate Kuratli, Union, So.*, LB/DB — Started at outside linebacker. Had a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo, one half of a sack and one pass broken up.David McDonald, Union, Fr., DB — Did not play. Tags Share: Southwest Minnesota StateLast game: Lost to Minnesota State 38-23 to fall to 0-1 overall and in the Division-II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.Next game: at Wayne State, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.Aidan Mallory, Hockinson, Fr., WR — Did not play.Utah StateLast game: Beat Stony Brook 62-7 to improve to 1-1 overall.Next game: at San Diego State, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.Kanen Eaton, Columbia River, Fr., WR — Did not play. Dakota Napierkowski, Camas, So.*, OL — Did not play.Caleb Lightbourn, Camas, Sr., P — Due to NCAA rules, he will sit out the year after transferring from Nebraska.Pacific UniversityLast game: Lost to Chapman 45-14 to fall to 0-1 overall.Next game: at Dubuque, Sept. 14, 5 p.m.Myles Artis, Hudson’s Bay, So., DE — Did not play. Jake Clark, Prairie, Fr., RB — Did not play.Pacific Lutheran UniversityNext game: California Lutheran, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.Logan Black, Ridgefield, Sr., OL —Tristan Thomas, Woodland, Jr., LB —Liam Nabors, King’s Way Christian, Jr., QB — By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. College Sports ChapmanLast game: Beat Pacific 45-14 to improve to 1-0 overall.Next  game: Whitworth, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.David Aarhus, Camas, Jr. LB — Started at linebacker. Had three tackles, all solo.College of IdahoLast game: Beat Montana Tech 28-14 to improve to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the NAIA Frontier Conference.Next  game: Southern Oregon, Sept. 14, NoonIsaiah Abdul, Camas, So., DB — Started at cornerback. Had a team-high 12 tackles, including five solo. Heading into the season, a big question surrounding the Central Washington football team was who would start at quarterback.The answer came Saturday. Redshirt freshman Canon Racanelli, who led Hockinson to the 2A state title in 2017, got the call to replace the graduated Reilly Hennessey (Camas HS).For debuts, it wasn’t a bad one. Racanelli threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions as Division-II Central Washington fell just short of upsetting FCS Idaho, 41-31. Racanelli completed 13 of 31 passes for 146 yards.“Canon (Racanelli) did a heck of a job tonight,” Coach Chris Fisk told “You can’t pick a harder scenario than your first start being against a Big Sky school. He was poised and he’ll learn from this in order to get better.” Jojo Siofele, Union, Fr., RB — Did not play.Cade Koons, Washougal, Fr., RB — Had five carries for 32 yards, the longest being 10 yards.University of RedlandsLast game: Beat George Fox 35-19 to improve to 1-0.Next game: Puget Sound, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.Blake Roy, Camas, Sr. TE — Started at tight end. Had two catches for 21 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown. Northern ArizonaLast game: Lost to Arizona 65-41 to fall to 1-1 overall.Next game: Western New Mexico, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.Alishawuan Taylor, Union, Fr., TE — Did not play.Oregon StateLast game: Lost to Hawaii 31-28 to fall to 0-2 overall.Next game: Cal Poly, Sept. 14, 1:15 p.m.Jack Colletto, Camas, Jr., QB/LB — Had one carry for three yards. On defense, he made one tackle and broke up one pass. Dylan Ingram, Camas, So.*, TE — Played in a backup role.Gunner Talkington, Battle Ground, So.*, QB — Played in a backup role. He attempted one pass, which was intercepted.Aiden Nellor, Union, Fr.*, TE — Played in a backup role.Rudolph Mataia Jr., Evergreen, Jr.*, DL — Had two tackles, including one half of a sack. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Mitchell Delmage, Mountain View, Fr.*, LB — Did not play.Austin Martin, Battle Ground, Fr.*, OL — Did not play.Andrew Boyle, Camas, Fr., K/P — Did not play.Western OregonLast game: Lost to Angelo State 45-20 to fall to 0-1 overall.last_img read more