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Packwood and USA U20s prepare for Mexico at 2010 Dallas Cup

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Highlights from the crowd from Packwood’s league debut

Will Packwood

  • DOB May 21, 1993
  • Age 21
  • Place of birth Concord, Massachusetts
  • POSITION Defender/Midfielder
  • HEIGHT 6'1"
  • WEIGHT 176
  • U.S. CAPS 0
  • CLUB Birmingham City
  • TWITTER @wpackwood (10.2K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 50
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 44
  • Youth Experience U-17, U-18, U-20
Versatility is a word that gets thrown around often when the topic is Will Packwood. Though he’s only 19, Packwood has experience in the midfield and as a fullback, though center back looks like the position that will bet suit him.

Another word you’ll hear frequently is potential. Packwood has been in the Birmingham City youth system since he was 14, and made his first team debut in August of 2012. He’s been in and out of the starting XI for Birmingham since, but the first taste of Championship action was enough to keep Packwood yearning for more.

“There’s nothing really like it, playing in the first team,” Packwood told the Birmingham Mail after his debut. “You’re in the stadium, the fans are there, the games matter…it’s completely different. For a young player, it’s what you want to do. And as soon as you’ve tried it once, you want it again and again.”

Luckily for Packwood, he’ll get the chance to be a squad regular soon enough. Blessed with both great size and on-the-ball skills, the defender can be relied upon to not only stop crosses and passes but be able to deal with the ball once it’s at his feet. He also relates well with his teammates, captaining the Blues’ U-18 team when he was at that level. Now he’s acclimating to the speed and talent in a league one step removed from the Premier League.

He’s received praise from coaches and fellow players alike, including fellow American Jonathan Spector who has helped the teen adjust to life in the professional ranks.

Though he’s eligible for England’s national team thanks to his English father, Packwood has come up through the United States youth system and continues to be a key player on the U-20 team. He lists helping the U.S. qualify for the 2013 U-20 World Cup as one of his personal goals.

“I’m really optimistic about qualifying as I know that we have a strong team and will put everything into the World Cup,” he said to the New York Times Goal Blog."

There’s little doubt if Packwood continues the same progression, he’ll soon be wearing the U.S. crest with the full national team—especially with his prowess at a problem spot like center back.—JON ARNOLD

Noteworthy Reads

New York Times Goal Blog: 19-Year-Old American Flashes Potential for Birmingham City
Birmingham Mail: An American’s dream is only just beginning for Will Packwood
AmericanSoccerNow.