It's not every day an athlete gets to call their local team theirs once they hit the professional level, but in John Tolkin's case that's exactly what happened when he joined the New York Red Bulls.
Tolkin - affectionately known as JMi by his family and teammates - grew up less than 15 miles from the club's stunning home venue in Harrison.
The club have been based in New Jersey since their inception as the MetroStars back in the mid 1990s.
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It's where he spent essentially his entire life, falling in love with proper football and quickly developing into one of the Red Bulls' most promising academy talents.
The young left back joined the Red Bulls at the age of 12, a common theme with many of the club's most promising talents over the years.
The Red Bulls have become one of the standards in Major League Soccer by producing Homegrown players over the years.
For Tolkin, he never took his opportunity for granted.
"When I first joined the academy I didn't really think much of it," Tolkin told ONE37pm. "Eventually I made my way up to the USL team and that gave me the confidence to think I could actually succeed.
"When I was younger I'd always go to games and dream of getting the chance, but you just never know if it's going to come true.
"In a lot of ways it still doesn't feel real, but it's an honor to be here. It feels really special."