MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, February 21, 2021
The pool of American goal scorers may have just grown by one more as an American-born 17-year-old, Lucas Demitra, started his second professional game for AS Trencin.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he started his first game on February 14 against DAC 1904 Dunajska Streda and scored in the contest that ended 3-3.

"I was happy when I was told that I would play in this match," Demitra told ASTV, the team's media outlet. "I went with the intention of scoring a goal or assisting. Since it came true, I was very happy."

He admitted that in the beginning, he felt a bit nervous heading onto the field for his first start, having just been promoted from the youth team but "when I started to play, the nervousness just fell from my shoulders."

This was followed up over the weekend against Senica, where he put in another solid performance as his Slovak Super Liga team came away with a 3-2 victory.

If the youngster's surname sounds familiar, then you must be a hockey fan. His father, Pavol, had a very impressive hockey career, including stints with NHL teams Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and the Vancouver Canucks, before heading back to Europe.

Lucas was born in 2003, while his father played with Keith Tkachuk, Chris Pronger, and Chris Osgood. Pavol tragically died along with most of his Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Russia) team in a plane crash in 2011.

The young Demitra is not the only American on the team. Iowa-born Eduvie Ikoba also plays up front for Trencin, who are currently in seventh place in the Super Liga.

If he develops into a player that will grace the world stage for a national team, it would most likely be that he chooses to represent Slovakia but soccer is a funny game. We'll just have to wait and see what the future holds for the young man.

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