Being the only eighth grader in the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program took some significant adjusting for Indiana United Fire product Cameron Lindley, but he has adapted quickly to the move to Residency in January.
“Going into my first training session, I was very nervous because here are the people you look up to and now you’re taking the same field with them,” Lindley said. “But they took me in. They’re like my older brothers and they’ve taught me certain things to make me a better player.”
The 14-year-old Carmel, Ind., native is suiting up for the U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team over the next two weeks as the U-15s travel to Groenlo, Holland, to play in the International Marveld Tournament.
Cameron began at Carmel United in 2006 and played up with the U9 team as an 8 year old. He continued with the group and in 2010 led the team to the Regional Finals. In August of 2010 Cameron went to Boston with the US Soccer ID camp for the U 14 National Team and was singled out for his performance.
Cameron played with the Indiana Fire group in the fall of 2011 and was invited to participate in a US Soccer all-star game which coincided with the Developmental Academy Showcase in Sarasota, FL in early December of 2011. At that event he was offered a position in the Residency Program which he is currently part of.