14-year-old Ovelar scores 1st professional goal in Paraguay

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Still only 14 years old, Fernando Ovelar scored his first goal for Cerro Porteno one week after becoming the youngest to ever play for the Paraguayan club.

Ovelar scored in the 15th minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Cerro Porteno’s biggest rival, Olimpia. The midfielder calmly knocked the ball over goalkeeper Alfredo Aguilar for the opening goal.

Paraguayan clubs have been instructed to field at least one player younger than 19 to build experience in the country’s top league. Deportivo Capiata player Kevin Pereira is also 14 and has already debuted in Paraguay’s top league.

Former United States forward Freddy Adu, once regarded at “the next Pele,” was 14 when he scored his first professional goal for DC United in 2004.