Like many Americans, Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham will be tuning in this afternoon for our World Cup match against Ghana.
But for Beckham, there will be a tinge of “what might have been” as well.
According to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, Beckham was offered a tryout for the national team when he was a teenager.
“I played seriously until I was about 13 or 14 then the [US] national team wanted me to try out for it,” Beckham said. “It’s just so much for a young kid to have to decide that. You’d have to leave your family. But I always played in the premiere leagues. I was 11 playing U-14, stuff like that. I was always playing up. . . .
“Soccer was my first love so whenever I think back on those moments, I think of what could have been. If it wasn’t in God’s plans, it wasn’t in God’s plans.”