The U.S. has never had the dominant soccer player they’ve been hoping for. Sure, there have been stars that have had some success on the national level and in the World Cup. But there has yet to be someone that takes Europe by storm and becomes an international star like Ronaldo or someone of that caliber.
This was not easy for Lederman’s family. In order for Ben to pursue his soccer career, his parents and brother moved with him to Barcelona. Knowing his family sacrificed their life in California to help him achieve his goals is a lot of pressure for Lederman. But the young player is handling it well.
Lederman now plays for the U-21 team in Gent, Belgium. But it was a journey to get there. Only a few years after moving to Barcelona, Lederman had to stop playing games with the team. Because of a FIFA investigation, Lederman was not eligible for play. Apparently, Barcelona had violated a FIFA rule about signing foreign players under the age of 18.
But that is all in the past now. Lederman learned a lot in Barcelona. Not only did he have to deal with the investigation, but he was also very popular in U.S. soccer media. Lederman has kept his cool through it all, focusing on his game and improving all the while. If the U.S. is going to have an international superstar, Ben Lederman just might be the man for the job.