He may be scoring goals in the first minute of game play now, but Clint Dempsey was once a normal high school athlete with big dreams.
Even the strong and sleek stars of Team USA had to start somewhere. Long before the boys in red, white and blue descended upon the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they were just adorable kids on elementary and secondary school soccer teams. And luckily, there’s photo evidence to prove it.
Gear up for Team USA‘s big game against Germany and celebrate Throwback Thursday fétbol-style with these amazing then-and-now Instagram pics of America’s soccer stars.
It’s the perfect blend of patriotism, awkwardness and nostalgia.