In an effort to keep readers up-to-date on the litany of young American standouts stationed around the world, OWTY will periodically bring you updates on their progress. Let’s take a look how some Americans have fared in recent weeks.
Mario Rodriguez :: Borussia Monchengladbach
The former under-20 forward finally ended his scoring drought on Thursday, playing the final 23 minutes and netting his first goal (~1:30 of the video) for the Borussia Monchengladbach reserves in a 2-2 draw with Viktoria Koln. Going without a goal in 15 appearances for the club–most appearance were as a late-match substitute–Rodriguez needed to get off to a good start following the always-lengthy German winter break. Back in action on Saturday, the club takes on Wiedenbruck in Regionalliga play.
Russell Canouse :: Hoffenheim
On Saturday, Canouse got the start for Hoffenheim U19, playing 90 minutes in a 2-0 over Stuttgart. The club takes on Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
— Russell Canouse (@RussellCanouse) February 9, 2014
Kainoa Bailey :: Bayern Leverkusen
The 18-year old continues to play up to the reserve squad level, but once again did not feature for the club during a 2-0 win over Rot Weiss Essen on Friday.
Junior Flores :: Borussia Dortmund
Apparently no one is immune to the injury bug that has swept the U.S. national team in recent days. Once recovered, Flores will be eligible to officially suit up for Dortmund on March 26.
USA youth int’l MF Junior Flores sidelined 4-5 weeks after suffering calf injury in Borussia Dortmund training — Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) February 8, 2014
Mukwelle Akale :: USSDA Minnesota Thunder
At the recent Copa Del Atlantico tournament, the USMNT U18’s showed well against some of the top youth setups in international football, battling Spain and Argentina in hard fought 1-0 losses before falling on the final match day, 3-2 against Canary Islands. Despite the results, several Americans shined, including Minnesota Thunder phenom Mukwelle Akale, who was voted player of the tournament. Check out some highlights below.
Lynden Gooch :: Sunderland AFC
Making his jump to the U21 Premier League, Gooch did not look out of his depth in the slightest during busy debut week for the California native. In his official debut for the Sunderland reserves last Monday—in a Wearside derby, no less—Gooch came on as a late substitute and provided an assist in 2-0 win over Newcastle. In a midweek fixture, he was at it again, delivering another assist in 3-0 win over Nottingham Forrest<http://t.co/ylpsoggrhx>. Featuring yesterday against Everton, a 2-2 draw, Gooch came on in the final minutes and nearly sparked the Black Cats to a come from behind win; creating two unconverted chances in just 5 minutes of work. Another good showing.
Benji Joya :: Chicago Fire
After failing to crack the lineup this season for Santos Laguna, where Joya was instrumental in their youth squad’s recent Clasura title, Los Guerreros loaned the 20-year old to MLS last week, where he will play out the season with Chciago Fire, who won the rights to Joya in the weighted lottery. Joya made his preseason debut on Saturday in a 2-0 win over DC United, playing 45 minutes in what was reportedly an impressive display from the midfielder. Former under-20 teammate Victor Pineda also featured for Chicago in the win. “Young players are hungry – we’re always looking to get better and do well to get in the starting 11,” Joya said after the match.
Erik Palmer-Brown :: Sporting Kansas City
Yet another report has emerged regarding interest from Serie A power Juventus towards the 16-year old Sporting KC homegrown signing. This report indicates that Juventus is in the progress of developing a pre-contract agreement with opportunities for the young defender to train in Italy during his time with Sporting. Palmer-Brown recently featured as part of the U.S. U18 squad in the Copa Del Atlantico tournament.