Akil Watts at RCD Mallorca

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad Academy' started by LandonDonovan2018, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    2017 U17 World Cup alum, Akil Watts, appears to be in Mallorca, Spain following the US Youth Summit.

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    The defender/midfielder spent 2017/18 as a part of the Portland Timbers Academy after two years at the residency academy at IMG in Bradenton, Florida. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native (not related to DeMarcus Beasley) turns 18 on February 4th and will be immediately eligible to sign abroad.

    http://imga.ussoccerda.com/sam/teams/index.php?team=1400542&player=29381873

    He's made 8 appearances so far with Portland's U19s scoring 2 goals
     
  2. bballshawn

    bballshawn Member+

    Feb 5, 2014
    Delaware
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    I'd advise him to ditch portland, but noooot for spain.
     
  3. DanielS1085

    DanielS1085 Member

    Manchester United
    United States
    May 8, 2017
    The Portland u19s next match is a week from today. First match since December. Will tell a lot if he is still in Spain on Jan 27th.
     
  4. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    RCD Mallorca it is.... By his phrasing it seems to me like he already has an agreement with the club. I could be wrong. But we at least know which club he is with for the time being and that is historic RCD Mallorca who currently play in the Tercera Division

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  5. Eighteen Alpha

    Eighteen Alpha Member+

    Aug 17, 2016
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    Segunda B Group 3. So third tier but not third division. Mallorca leads the Group by 4 points (over Vila-real B, no less).
     
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  6. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    Gotcha thanks for making that distinction!
     
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  7. TarHeels17

    TarHeels17 Member+

    Jan 10, 2017
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A few things here.

    First off, Akil's instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/akil.watts/) has Mallorca in his bio, so I feel pretty confident in saying he's signed there. I think if George Acosta signs, which also seems likely, it would make sense to have a joint thread considering how hard it will be to find information regularly.

    Now, just for general club information, RCD Mallorca plays in Segunda Division B, which is the third division of Spain, featuring 4 regional leagues of 20 teams. Their B team plays in the Tercera Division, which is the 4th highest division. I assume they'll start there, especially considering they'd be the youngest players by a couple of years on the first team if they did join.

    Mallorca is a fairly large club (they rank 18th in the all time la liga table), and played in La Liga from 97/98 to 12/13, and were relegated again last year.

    Notably, they were bought by Robert Sarver in 2016, who is also the owner of the Phoenix Suns, who also shares his investment with notable soccer fan and honorary American Steve Nash, who has a large role with the club. He says that he makes trips over to the club twice a year, and is generally the bridge between the ownership and the rest of the club, among other things. Rafael Nadal also supports the team, giving it money from time to time.

    This is a club that, as Americans, could be really awesome to follow and support. I suspect that Nash being the face of the ownership has something to do with Akil and George trialing/signing there.
     
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  8. Starman*

    Starman* Member

    United States
    Mar 28, 2017


    Where did you hear that Acosta is trailing here?
     
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  9. TarHeels17

    TarHeels17 Member+

    Jan 10, 2017
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  10. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When Watts and Acosta inevitably part ways, who gets to keep the thread???
     
  11. TarHeels17

    TarHeels17 Member+

    Jan 10, 2017
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Up to the lawyers, of course!

    And who says it's inevitable? Only 50% of thread merges end in divorce.
     
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  12. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey, if you want to bet on two academy youth players both becoming One Club Men, just give me the odds!
     
  13. HS Teacher

    HS Teacher Member

    Mallorca is gone from the Instagram bio, and he posted something from Madrid with Rayo Vallecano in there.

    And here's something from Twitter...

    971429391535427584 is not a valid tweet id
     
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  14. HS Teacher

    HS Teacher Member

    Back in Spain and back with Rayo Vallecano.
     
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  15. Mitchell Falkenstern

    Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 8, 2018
    Akil is set to sign with RCD Mallorca tomorrow 7/9/18 at 1245 pm et. You can live stream the signing here: https://www.facebook.com/FWPLEX/pho...203459275232/1917390958323131/?type=3&theater

    I personally know Akil and know that our hometown club coach, Bobby Poursanidis, has a relationship with RCD Mallorca and brought Akil to the clubs attention. Some of our Fort Wayne United teams toured over in Spain which kick started this relationship. He has a bright future and is a great young signing for Mallorca.

    Mallorca also just won the segunda B group leaders playoffs, so they will be in the 2nd tier professional league in Spain, La Liga 2 this coming season. I see Akil playing many games for their B squad in his first year, but having an opportunity to train and potentially making the roster for the A squad.
     
  16. Mitchell Falkenstern

    Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 8, 2018
    Also, Akil has confirmed he is the only American and that he will be starting out w the B team.
     
  17. TheFalseNine

    TheFalseNine Moderator
    Staff Member

    United States
    Jul 15, 2014
    Norman, Okla.
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We really appreciate you posting about Akil! Hope you can keep us updated.
     
  18. TheFalseNine

    TheFalseNine Moderator
    Staff Member

    United States
    Jul 15, 2014
    Norman, Okla.
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Mallorca’s B team plays in the Tercera División, the 4th level of the Spanish pyramid.
     
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  19. HS Teacher

    HS Teacher Member

    And he won't have to leave the islands to play any of those games. Not a bad place to live at all.
     
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  20. TarHeels17

    TarHeels17 Member+

    Jan 10, 2017
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For anyone who didn't believe him, like me: Screen Shot 2018-07-08 at 6.37.26 PM.png
    Life isn't fair.
     
  21. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If so, this means that Benji Machini has moved on after playing for the reserve team for a few years.
     
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  22. TheFalseNine

    TheFalseNine Moderator
    Staff Member

    United States
    Jul 15, 2014
    Norman, Okla.
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Thread title updated.
     
  23. Eighteen Alpha

    Eighteen Alpha Member+

    Aug 17, 2016
    Club:
    Stoke City FC
    I’ll be there this Friday - and I’ll hunt you down if you’re lying ;)
     
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  24. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

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