Jordan Older became the first American to join a team in Brazil’s oldest professional soccer league, the Campeonato Paulista Serie A1 in 1994 with União São João Esporte Clube in Araras, Brazil. Jordan Older was also the first American born player to join a team in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B (2nd division) with Paulista FC in 1994. União São João Esporte Clube also competed in the Brazilian Serie A (1st Division/Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A) during the same time period.
Jordan Older was the first American to participate in Brazilian professional soccer teams in both the Brazilian 1st Division (Serie A) and Brazilian Paulista Championship 1st Division (Serie A1). Jordan Older was also one of the first Americans to sign professionally with a 1st team squad of a European soccer team in 1993, shortly after his 19th birthday with FC Waengi of Switzerland. While in Switzerland Jordan Older also trained with top professional coach and former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. head coach of the English Premiere League (EPL), Christian Gross, at 1st division (top tier) Swiss club FC Wil also in 1993.
Jordan Older was the first player ever to have his likeness scanned in 3D for the popular EA Sports video game FIFA World Cup Soccer.
In 1988 at age 15 Jordan Older was selected to a club team in Irvine, California coached by former USA Olympic Team and former US National Team head coach Derek Lawther to unofficially represent the USA in competitive youth soccer tournaments in Europe, playing against many youth teams of 1st division professional European clubs at the U15 and U19 level. Derek Lawther was one of the top professional coaches in the country at the time and recognized Jordan Older’s talent at a young age and selected him for his here club’s tour of Europe. Derek Lawther was also the head coach at UC Irvine (NCAA Division 1), the California Surf in the NASL (North American Soccer League), and the California Sunshine in the ASL (American Soccer League), the last two were both 1st division professional soccer teams playing at the highest level of professional soccer in North American and the United States. Jordan Older immediately joined the U-15 and U-19 squads for the USA team, despite being only 15 years old. On this European tour in 1988, desptie his young age, Jordan Older was selected to play on the U-19 squad for the USA team in the opening game of Sweden’s Dalecarlia Cup in front of over 20,000 in attendance at the IK Brage stadium in Borlänge, Sweden. Jordan Older also played against numerous U-15 and U-19 professional teams from Europe and South America in the Dana Cup, Dalecarlia Cup, and London Cup in the same trip representing Southern California and the USA.
In December of 1994 Jordan Older took part in the US National Team (TEAM USA) training camp on the invitation of US World Cup Team head coach Bora Milutinovich in Mission Viejo, California. Also joining Jordan Older at the US National Team training camp were USA Hall of Fame players such as Marcelo Balboa and Paul Caligiuri. While in Brazil Jordan Older was teammates with some of the top players in the world and was teammate of Neymar Sr, father of the most valuable player in the world, Neymar Jr.