It’s a simple question Richie.
Are You Even Watching?
US midfield fulcrum Christian Albelo has been sensational in Germany each of his last two years. He’s lead the TSG Hoffenheim U15 to the Suddeutscher Meister C-Junioren title last season playing mostly as the teams #10. This season the former Tennessee United SC standout has slipped into the #6 role for the U16 Hoffenheim squad, a move that has not only impressed the coaching staff at Hoffenheim but one that has drawn the attention of National Team coaches.
Only problem is, it’s not just the United States youth National Team coaching staff.
Representatives from the Federación Colombiana de Futbol has targeted ’98 Albelo as a prospect for the future. The FCF is working to secure Albelo’s services for upcoming Colombian youth camps. Albelo is able to represent the FCF due to his family’s Colombian background.
Unlike other German based US youth prospects Albelo has been heavily involved in the US set-up. He was a staple of the 2011 US id2 squad. He’s been invited to a number of US tournaments including the most recent ’98 Copa Naciones in Mexico City. Under Coach Richie Williams the U15s had an impressive showing, losing to Uruguay in the Semi-Finals before defeating Paraguay in the 3rd place match-up.
For Albelo the tournament was anything but memorable.
Christian left Hoffenheim during a crucial pre-season stage to answer the call for his country. However, Williams would only use the experienced Albelo for a handful of minutes. Christian would return to Germany fresh, but weeks behind the rest of his U16 Hoffenheim teammates, as Albelo was unable to participate in pre-season camp.
Christian’s father has just announced that Christian will be joining 1. FC Kaiserslautern, a club that was close to signing him upon his initial move to Germany. Two other clubs were very interested in signing Christian but according to sources close the situation said the staff at 1. FCK see Albelo moving up the club quick. Christian has been able train with the 1. FCK U16s for the last two weeks and will be able to make his official debut in February. Club coaches have also told the player they plan to integrate him into the U17 squad soon after his arrival, while coaches at 1. FCK have already had Christian train with the U19 squad.
Hopefully this move will again propel the US to prioritize Albelo and help keep him with associated with the US youth teams.