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Forward Jerren Nixon, the 16-year-old son of former T&T striker Jerren Nixon is reportedly making rapid progress at the academy of American Major League Soccer club Philladelphia Union.

Nixon, currently with the national U-17 team at the Concacaf qualifiers in Honduras, has been a regular in the Union start team.

He recently scored the match-winner in the U-16 team’s win over DC United in the second leg of the Generation Adidas Cup East regionals. The Union advanced to the finals of that tournament in Dallas in April.

Young Nixon has made six appearances (four starts) and scored three goals in his first season with the Union Academy. He played in Lilburn, Georgia with Gwinnett Soccer Association before joining the Academy and was born in Zurich, Switzerland, when his father was playing for FC Zürich.

Nixon accompanied his father at the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup and had the opportunity to witness the T&T training sessions and interact with the current senior players.

The older Nixon’s career included playing time at FC St Gallen and FC Zurich in Switzerland and also at Scotland’s Dundee United where he is still remembered for his blistering pace at the club between 1993-1995 during which time he won a Scottish Cup medal. Nixon also represented T&T at every level including the U-17s.

Another US-based player Noah Powder, who plays for the New York Red Bulls U-16s, is also with the T&T U-17 team at this time.