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BEN LEDERMAN
Poland Rakow Czestochowa (Ekstraklasa)
#16 | Midfielder
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
May 8, 2000 (Age: 20)
Los Angeles, California
5' 11", 159 lbs (1.8 m, 72 kg)
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Club Career

Lederman has been seen as a soccer prodigy from a very young age. He made headlines in 2011 when he signed on to join the famed La Masia academy at Barcelona. He would go through the ranks of the youth system and perform very well.

However, in 2014, his dreams of getting through La Masia and eventually suiting up for the first team were dashed when FIFA ruled that Barcelona had violated Article 19 of the organization's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players which prohibits youth players from registering with a club outside their home country until they are 18. The regulation allows three exceptions: If a player lives within 50 kilometers of a country's border and his desired club is within 50 kilometers of the same border; if a player is moving from one European country to the other (or has a passport from a European Union country) and is at least 16; or if a player's family has moved to a different country for reasons not linked to soccer.

The ruling forced Lederman to leave the Catalan team and head back stateside where he enrolled at the IMG Academy. His time in Florida would be brief as he obtained a Polish passport and was back across the Atlantic to rejoin Barcelona.

With the chances of making it through the academy to the first team becoming dimmer, Lederman decided to leave Barcelona. His next destination was Belgium where he signed with KAA Gent. There he played primarily for the Under-21 team. Lederman would eventually leave Gent.

Following a tryout with NAC Breda in Holland, Lederman would sign his first professional contract with Rakow Czestochowa in Poland's Ekstraklasa. He made his debut for the team on June 20, 2020, coming off the bench in their 3-1 win over Wisla Krakow.

International Career

Lederman has trained with the United States youth national teams at the Under-15 and Under-17 levels.

He was a prospect for the Under-17 roster for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup but did not make the cut.


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