You know, of course, that the new coach of the U.S. national team is German. But did you know that within a few years -- if he's still around -- Jurgen Klinsmann may be able to fill out his lineup card exclusively with players plying their trade in his home country?
As German teams enter the market en masse for American youth, Bundesliga regulars Steve Cherundolo, Michael Bradley and Timothy Chandler are beginning to look like just the tip of the iceberg. Bundesliga teams' youth rosters are suddenly brimming with Americans, and not just the dual-national children of American servicemen posted abroad.
Last week, we told you about Anthony Brooks, Alfredo Morales and Jann George -- three Americans on the verge of first-team Bundesliga action this season. With the league kicking off over the weekend, now is as good a time as any to fill out the rest of the lineup by catching up on the growing class of young Americans in Germany. So here's a rundown of promising American prospects perfecting their trade in Klinsmann's homeland:
Terrence Boyd, F, Borussia Dortmund
On the heels of a couple appearances for the U.S. under-20s during their trip to France in May, the 20-year-old Boyd made a notable switch this summer, signing a professional contract for Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund. After lighting up the reserves for Hertha Berlin, the German-American striker will now see what he can do for the champs' second team in the Regionalliga. As promising as the young American looks, breaking into Dortmund's first team anytime soon will be an uphill battle. But that may not stop him from gaining the attention of U.S. Olympic team scouts.
Joseph Gyau, M/F, 1899 Hoffenheim
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