The 18-year-old midfielder is one of several young players being given a chance to impress by Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino this summer and picked up his latest senior minutes during the second half of our high-profile friendly in Colorado on Wednesday night, with the likes of World Cup and Champions League winners Kaka and David Villa in our opponents’ squad.
Trailing 2-1 from the first period, we were ultimately unable to get back into the match – although Josh himself had a couple of opportunities to turn things around but was denied on both occasions by All-Stars goalkeeper David Ousted.
Reflecting on the contest, Josh said he was grateful for the chance to gain more first team experience against such an impressive array of MLS talent and underlined how it can only be good for his overall development.
“With the likes of Kaka and David Villa playing, it was a great experience,” he said. “I grew up watching those players and to see them in action against us was amazing.
“Obviously when I came on we were losing 2-1 so my first thought was that I needed to come on and make an impact.
“I had two chances, the first one I should have hit harder, but the keeper saved them both, so I learned lessons from those incidents and I’m determined to do better next time.
“All in all, we created chances together as a team and there were definitely a lot of positives to take from the game.”