It's not hard to put together a list of young American soccer players -- or those of any other nationality for that matter -- who have washed out in Europe. Even for talented prospects, failure in the sink-or-swim environment of European club soccer can come quickly and mercilessly. Often it's less a question of skill than that of being in the wrong situation, such as playing on a team loaded at a certain position or under a coach whose tactics simply don't match a player's strengths.
But other times, the pieces just fall into place.
That's what seems to be brewing in Norway for 19-year-old Michigan native Josh Gatt. After signing with Austrian club SC Altach last year, the winger was scooped up this winter by Norwegian top division club Molde, where legendary Manchester United winger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had just taken over as coach.