Before the New England Revolution operated any Development Academy teams, Deven Apajee found himself watching youth games at the Seacoast United complex in Epping, N.H.
Knowing he worked for the region’s sole Major League Soccer club, a bystander told Apajee to turn around, pointing to a wily attacking player on a nearby FC United U-12 team. Right away, Apajee was "transfixed, absolutely transfixed."
"His intelligence was way above anything on that field, his movement and his speed of thought were two or three levels above anyone else," Apajee recalled. "I’m laughing because he’s trying rabonas and such, and I’m like he’s not an average American kid."